Three most affected countries still reporting Ebola cases


The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report on Ebola. A total of 15,145 cases of Ebola and approximately 5,420 Ebola related deaths have been reported in the worldwide. The virus is still prevalent in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra … Read More »

PharmAthene fulfills BARDA anthrax countermeasure contract


Pharmaceutical developer PharmAthene said on Thursday that it has fulfilled a contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop an anti-anthrax compound. The contract, finalized in November 2013, stipulated the company be able to provide an … Read More »

Internet resources, CDC collaboration vital to Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona Department of Health Services

With direct involvement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is able to stay fully equipped with the necessary means to effectively respond to biological outbreaks or threats. “The state … Read More »

Rep. Brooks: Inter-agency communications have improved since Sept. 11, 2001

Susan Brooks

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) recently said that the country has improved communications among federal agencies since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Brooks, the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, said that while there has … Read More »

U.S. and Canada test multi-national emergency response


Canada and the U.S. are partaking in studies that look into cross-border emergency response practices between federal, provincial/state and local governments over the course of November. The two studies are the third iteration of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment, also … Read More »

WHO: Faster, more efficient Ebola test needed


The World Health Organization recently called for rapid and safe testing methods to help discover and treat Ebola cases in West Africa. Efforts to contain the disease are stifled by the cumbersome testing currently available, which requires state-of-the-art laboratories that … Read More »

Va. EMS award winners announced during 35th annual symposium

Virginia Department of Health VDH

The Virginia Department of Health released the 2014 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners on Tuesday. At the awards ceremony, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe commended EMS providers and organizations throughout the state for excellence and dedication to the system … Read More »

EU releases Ebola relief effort summary


The European Union (EU) released on Tuesday its response to the ongoing situation in West Africa, where the Ebola virus has infected more than 13,000 people and caused approximately 5,000 deaths since the outbreak began in December 2013. The EU … Read More »

Steuben County Public Health utilizes phone system to monitor Ebola risk

Steuben County Public Health

At the Steuben County Public Health Department appointments are set up entirely by phone. The department opted to use this existing infrastructure to its advantage as a way to pinpoint the risk of Ebola transmission within local clinics. “We are … Read More »

BARDA’s Robinson: Fighting largest Ebola epidemic ever requires vigilance

Robin Robinson

Dr. Robin Robinson, the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), urged Congressional members on Wednesday to continue to fight against Ebola in West Africa. Robinson said in a hearing before the House Committee on Energy and … Read More »

House subcommittee to hold hearing on Ebola medical developments


A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a meeting on Nov. 19 to discuss medical developments in response to the Ebola outbreak. The hearing will start at 10 a.m. in the 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. … Read More »

EU to boost Ebola response


Following a four-day visit to Ebola-affected countries by European Union (EU) Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides and Commissioner of Health Vytenus Andriukaitis, the EU will be sending more financial support to aid in fighting the disease. A total of $36.3 million … Read More »

No Ebola infections reported in Congo since Oct. 4

Microscopic view of the Ebola virus

It appears that an outbreak of Ebola that began in August in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has diminished with no reports of infection since Oct. 4, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Monday. After deploying … Read More »

G-20 leaders call for more support to Ebola-affected countries

G20 brisbane australia

G20 leaders in Brisbane, Australia, recently made a statement calling for more support to the governments of countries most affected by the Ebola virus. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are “making tremendous efforts” to combat the outbreak of the virus, … Read More »