OPCW discusses toxic chemical non-proliferation

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An international seminar discussing how the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention can contribute to international objectives of achieving toxic chemical non-proliferation and security was held recently.
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Cooperative Threat Reduction set to expand

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Cooperative Threat Reduction program is expanding to confront worldwide bioterrorism threats.
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CDC releases preparedness standards

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Standards for public health preparedness capabilities were recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to aid state and local public health agencies in prioritizing and strategizing during budget cuts.
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Expert testifies before committee on CBRN countermeasures

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 @ 9:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Cynthia Bascetta explained the challenges in developing CBRN countermeasures to the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications this week.
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Timeline for determining source of 2001 anthrax attack released

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Jacques Ravel of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the USAMRIID have released the timeline for determining the source of the anthrax letters from the 2001 attacks.
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Expert testifies on need for bioweapon preparedness

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

During a series of testimonies for the Committee on Homeland Security
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KBA CEO resigns

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 @ 5:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Tom Thornton, the embattled chief executive of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, submitted his letter of immediate resignation on Friday.
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Obama proposes additional money for African biosecurity

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 @ 5:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

President Obama this week added a proposal to the 2012 budget that would set aside $260 million in additional Department of Defense funds to upgrade security for research facilities in Africa.
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Iraqi police find large chemical weapons stockpile

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 @ 5:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Iraqi police official announced on Thursday that his forces have captured a large stockpile of chemical weapons and explosive materials in the Sinaa district, a region south of Falluja.
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Congress allots $40 million for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 @ 5:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The federal budget bill recently passed by Congress will allocate $40 million to fund the efforts of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility as it begins construction at Kansas State University.
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DTRA awards TASC, Inc., with $600 million contract

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 @ 5:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United State Defense Threat Reduction Agency has awarded TASC, Inc., a $600 million contract to provide assistance and advisory services to the agency
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Pineville, Louisiana VA center briefly closed after white powder found

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011 @ 5:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Alexandria, Louisiana, closed part of its Pineville medical center for approximately four hours on Monday after patients and employees were exposed to an unknown
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Connecticut health officials host anthrax outbreak simulation

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 @ 5:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health officials in Connecticut joined forces on Tuesday to participate in a drill that tested their response in the event of an anthrax outbreak.
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Severe respiratory anthrax can be cured, new study says

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 @ 5:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent study published in the April 2011 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy is the first of its kind to characterize the severity of respiratory anthrax that can be cured.
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Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility using new rinsate collection system

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 @ 5:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Hermiston, Oregon, has begun use of the Rinsate Collection System, which uses an improved process allowing for more efficient incinerator use for the destruction of HD mustard agent.
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High school in Connecticut plays host to bioterrorism drill

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 @ 5:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A bioterrorism drill was staged in Milford, Connecticut, on Tuesday at Joseph A. Foran High School, playing out an anthrax scenario and the provision of proper antibiotics to healthcare facilities, neighborhood groups and condo associations.
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U.N. extends mandate to prevent WMD proliferation

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United Nation announced this week that its Security Council has extended the mandate of the committee that monitors efforts to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction by 10 years.
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Russia to phase out weapons research program

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Officials with the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow have announced that they will start phasing out the weapons research program that garnered $1 billion from the U.S. government and other foreign donors.
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Scientists, colleagues of Bruce Ivins question his guilt

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Multiple scientists and ex-colleagues of Bruce Ivins, who was accused of five murders by the Federal Bureau of Investigation via the 2001 anthrax attacks, remain convinced of his innocence over two years after his suicide.
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Louisiana VA white powder found to be non-toxic

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Business returned to normal on Tuesday at the Alexandria Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville, Louisiana, after officials learned that a white powdery substance from an envelope received at the facility was non-toxic.
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