Louisiana receives perfect score for preparedness

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently gave Louisiana and Mississippi high scores for their plans to deal with public health emergencies and on the performance of their public health laboratories.
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DoD bioterror countermeasures effort to be dismantled

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A $1.5 billion U.S. Department of Defense effort aimed accelerating the development of countermeasures in the case of a bioterror attack is being dismantled after five years.
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Rep. Rush Holt continues to question anthrax investigation

Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In a recent editorial, Rep. Rush Holt, a Democratic congressman representing New Jersey's 12th District, expressed concern over the lack of professionalism by government investigators in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
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Libyan rebel forces discover chemical weapons stockpile

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 @ 2:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Libyan rebel forces claim to have discovered stockpiles of banned chemical weapons in the southern desert areas captured from Qaddafi loyalists in the last few days.
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President Obama highlights biosecurity issues in speech

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 @ 2:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an address to the United Nations on Wednesday, President Barack Obama mentioned multiple biosecurity issues, including terrorist threats, pandemics and nuclear disarmament.
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Anniston Chemical Disposal Facility completes weapons destruction

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 @ 2:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Anniston Chemical Disposal Facility in Anniston, Alabama, recently finished destroying its entire stockpile of chemical weapons.
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Army CBRN co. holds training academy in Kuwait

Friday, Sep 23, 2011 @ 2:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Soldiers from the 44th CBRN Company recently held a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training academy at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to offer insight into their capabilities.
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Experts call for study of anthrax vaccine's pediatric safety

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A federal working group recently recommended that the U.S. government study the immunogenicity and safety of the anthrax vaccine for pediatric use.
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Biodefense co. seeking new home

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

PharmAthene, Inc., is looking to find a new base of operations in Montgomery County, Maryland, in an effort to be closer to Washington and its federal agencies.
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Louisiana lab to test for bioterror agents

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A south Louisiana lab is set to be the area's first laboratory that can test for anthrax, ricin and other bioterrorism agents since Hurricane Katrina.
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Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act clears House committee

Monday, Sep 26, 2011 @ 2:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act has cleared a U.S. House committee and now awaits relatively minor tweaking before final Senate and House approval.
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Two of six charges against Dr. Wouter Basson dropped

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Health Professions' Council in South Africa has dropped two of six charges against Dr. Wouter Basson, the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare chief.
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Worries raised about U.S. vaccine stockpile

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

While the United States does have vaccines that were not available in 2001 for counteracting bioterrorism, worries remain about a lack of treatments for agents on the worry list, including a long-promised next-generation anthrax vaccine.
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South Korea vulnerable to North Korean bioattack

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

South Korea remains particularly vulnerable to an attack by North Korea using biological weapons because of it lacks proper equipment, a South Korean opposition lawmaker recently declared.
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Vaxin to hire more employees following anthrax vaccine contract

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Birmingham-based biopharmaceutical company Vaxin, Inc., recently announced plans to hire up to a dozen new staff members after being awarded a lucrative new federal contract to complete its anthrax vaccine AdVav.
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Fort Polk brigade to provide WMD response nationwide

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 @ 12:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Army Brigade at Fort Polk will be given the responsibility to provide aid anywhere in the United States should the country be attacked with weapons of mass destruction.
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U.N. Security Council calls for control of Libyan WMDs

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 @ 1:00pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.N. Security Council has been warned that the weapons of mass destruction that have been stashed in Libya for years in Muammar Qaddafi's regime could be taken by terrorists unless immediate action is taken.
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NYPD prepared for crop dusting-style attack

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 @ 1:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The NYPD has the air defense capability to take down a small aircraft that threatens the city.
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Basson may lose his medical license, faces more charges

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 @ 1:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The man in charge of the apartheid government
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Trial may be moved for U.K. ricin suspect

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 @ 4:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The trial of a Bolton, United Kingdom, terrorist suspect who is accused of having a ricin recipe and bomb-making instructions may be moved from London to Manchester.
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