Anthrax scare in Italy

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 @ 1:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to Italian officials, a blue powder that was found in a central post office in Via Romoli in Turin, Italy, contains no anthrax.
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Officials say U.S. food supply needs securing

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 @ 2:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Despite federal spending of at least $3.4 billion on food counterterrorism programs over the last decade, officials acknowledge this week that it is impossible to determine if the U.S. food supply is any safer.
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Expert says that U.S. focusing on securing Libyan WMDs

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 @ 2:04pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Obama administration
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Study shows Blue Grass Depot's mustard gas should be exploded

Friday, Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

While a final decision has not yet been reached, preliminary information suggests that more than 15,000 mustard rounds at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky. should be exploded inside steel detonation chambers.
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BARDA funds the development of next-gen anthrax vaccines

Friday, Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research Projects Development Authority plans to fund the development of a novel next-generation anthrax vaccine and an anthrax biotoxin through the issuance of new contracts.
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Umatilla facility hits weapons disposal milestone

Friday, Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Umatilla, Oregon, recently reached the 90 percent completion point in its final HD mustard agent disposal campaign.
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Anthrax hoax letter hits Wash. courthouse

Friday, Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Local officials in Bellingham, Wash., say that a suspicious white powder prompting the evacuation of the Whatcom County courthouse turned out to be harmless.
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Calif. man charged over anthrax hoax letters

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 @ 12:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A California man was recently charged with two felonies for sending letters filled with a white powder to the city halls in San Carlos and South San Francisco over the summer.
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Expert says new film shows realistic threat

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 @ 12:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A former top official from the Department of Health and Human Services called the film "Contagion" frightening because of the realistic way in which the impact of the emergence of a killer virus is portrayed.
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Inmate sent anthrax hoax letters to government offices

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 @ 1:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Nathan Goninan, a prison inmate in Oregon's Snake River Correctional Institute, may have sent multiple threatening letters to the Whatcom County superior court clerk's office, including one claiming it contained deadly poison.
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Expert details joint U.S.-South Korea bioattack exercise

Monday, Sep 19, 2011 @ 1:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States and South Korea held a joint exercise in May to counter potential biological attacks by North Korea, according to a ruling party member.
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System to protect mail from bioattacks developed

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Millennium Group and SoBran, Inc., recently announced the development of a mail security service designed to keep Wall Street and the New York City business community safe from terrorist attacks.
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Anniston Chemical Depot to finish chemical weapons destruction next week

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Anniston, Alabama, announced that it will finish the elimination of more than 660,000 chemical weapons in the next week.
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NIH gives grant for chemical weapon countermeasure development

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two New Jersey universities have received a $23.2 million grant from the National Institute of Health to continue research for a drug to counteract chemical warfare agents.
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Illinois takes post-September 11 precautions

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

National Preparedness Month, a post-September 11, 2001, effort to remind Americans to prepare their lives for emergencies of any kind, is bringing attention to multiple public health initiatives that have been formed in central Illinois.
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Edgewood seeking to expand its chemical weapons processing

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, has requested a federal permit for a munitions processing and assessment facility to handle multiple deadly chemical agents, including sarin.
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Thirty-year-old smallpox vaccine compares well to modern equivalent

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An attenuated smallpox vaccine developed over 30 years ago in Japan recently did well when compared to a conventional vaccine developed in the United States.
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Ugandan official warns of bioterror threat

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

At a pass-out ceremony for security officials, Abas Byakagaba, the Ugandan police counterterrorism squad boss, alerted security to the possibility of a biological or chemical terrorism attack on the country.
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SRI developing nasal-delivery cyanide treatment

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio was recently awarded $4.4 million to develop a nasal-delivery version of a treatment for cyanide poisoning.
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Planned chip will provide rapid bioagent detection

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Food and Drug Administration plan to team up to develop a chip that will predict drug toxicities and the safety of vaccines.
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