HHS behind on countermeasure priorities, GAO says

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 @ 12:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a Government Accountability Office report, the Department of Health and Human Services has made headway on goals outlined in an August 2010 review but has yet to update formal plans or budget priorities.
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Anthrax attack widow settles $50 million lawsuit

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 @ 12:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Maureen Stevens, who has spent a decade trying to get federal officials to accept responsibility for the death of her husband and four others following the 2001 anthrax attacks, has settled her $50 million lawsuit against the government.
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Chemical weapons stockpile found in Tripoli

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 @ 4:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the executive committee of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council, reported on Sunday that chemical weapons were spotted in Tripoli.
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Robot created to test chemical weapons gear

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 @ 12:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that frequently works with the U.S. military, recently unveiled its latest creation, a walking machine that is shaped like a human being and is expected to be used for testing protective gear against chemical weaponry.
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Inspectors may soon return to Libya for mustard gas destruction

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 @ 12:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

International health inspectors may soon return to Libya to supervise the destruction of that country
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Killer cells could fight anthrax

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 @ 1:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers have found that natural killer cells, a part of the immune system associated with eliminating tumor cells and cells infected by viruses, also attack bacteria, including anthrax.
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Israeli man who sold chemicals for weapons to Iran released from prison

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 @ 1:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Nahum Manbar, an Israeli who was imprisoned for selling chemicals to Iran that could be developed into weapons, was released on Monday after serving approximately 15 years in jail.
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Four men accused of ricin plot

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 @ 12:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Four Georgia men accused of plotting a violent attack against Americans using the toxic agent ricin recently made their first court appearance in front of a Gainesville judge this week.
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Desert Chemical Depot begins final chemical weapons incinerations

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 @ 12:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Workers at the Deseret Chemical Depot near Stockton, Utah, recently began incineration operations on the depot
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NATO watched over three Libyan chemical weapon stockpiles, report says

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

NATO and Libyan secret agents kept close watch over hidden stockpiles of mustard gas stockpiled by ex-dictator Muammar Qaddafi during the war that toppled him to prevent his forces from using them.
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GAO calls for non-federal biosurveillance cooperation

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 @ 1:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent study by the Government Accountability Office showed that because most U.S. biosurveillance capabilities are owned by nonfederal entities, an effective national strategy should consider leveraging non-federal efforts.
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U.N. sending weapons experts to Libya

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently said that the U.N. would send experts to Libya to help secure the country
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Postal service continues fight against mailed bioterror threats

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A decade after the 2001 anthrax mail attacks killed five people and injured 17 others, the issue of postal safety has faded in many people
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Expert warns about anthrax record keeping, security

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an editorial for Gazette.net, Paul Gordon, a historian and former mayor of Frederick, Md., said he was concerned about the lack of adequate record keeping and security related to anthrax in the U.S.
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Ricin plot not feasible, expert says

Friday, Nov 4, 2011 @ 1:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to biodefense experts, the alleged plot by four Georgians to successfully pull off a deadly terrorist attack using ricin was highly unlikely to succeed.
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Bailed denied for Alaskan militia member with ricin instructions

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 @ 12:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal prosecutors filed a motion to deny bail to an officer of the sovereign citizen Alaska Peacemaker Militia, a right wing extremist group, who attempted to enter Canada carrying instructions on how to produce ricin.
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Libya reports progress in securing chemical weapons

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 @ 12:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A top United Nations envoy in Libya recently warned that some weapons depots in that country have been looted entirely, but noted progress in securing Libya
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White powder sent to Iceland broadcasting chief

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The chief of broadcasting at RUV, Iceland's national public service broadcaster, was sent a mysterious white powder through the mail from Morocco on Thursday.
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Federal judge asks why anthrax lawsuit records should be sealed

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 @ 1:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A federal judge is asking why the records should stay sealed in a soon-to-be-settled lawsuit over the death of a Florida man in the anthrax attacks of 2001.
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Sheppard Air Force Base simulates bioterror attack

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 @ 12:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Sheppard Air Force Base personnel recently conducted a simulated biological attack exercise.
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