Counterterrorism calendar features bioterror awareness

Friday, Jan 21, 2011 @ 4:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The 2011 Counterterrorism Calendar features several pages on ways to spot and deal with biological and chemical attacks.
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RiVax granted orphan drug designation

Friday, Jan 21, 2011 @ 4:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to Soligenix, Inc., for RiVax, the company's vaccine for the prevention of ricin intoxication.
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Georgia simulates anthrax attack

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 @ 4:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

State and local agencies in Columbia County, Georgia, conducted emergency medical exercises simulating an anthrax attack on January 22 at a local high school.
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WHO supports U.S. in retaining smallpox

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 @ 4:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Members of the World Health Organization recently supported the efforts of the United States and Russia to hold onto the last known stockpiles of the smallpox virus in order to help combat potential terrorist efforts to acquire the disease.
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OPCW director general talks about new direction

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 @ 4:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Last week, Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, sat down with correspondent Sandeep Diskhit for an interview about his new position and the direction of the group in the upcoming year.
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Iran begins legal proceedings against governments that supplied chemical weapons

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 @ 4:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's ambassador to the Netherlands, has announced that Iran has begun legal proceedings in international courts against the governments and companies that facilitated Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons program during the Baathist regi
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New protein could lead to new anthrax vaccine

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 @ 4:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Wichita State University associate chemistry professor and his students have developed a protein that could someday be used as an anthrax vaccine.
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Independent scientists to assess Fort Detrick risk

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 @ 4:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Independent scientists at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, will assist the U.S. Army in assessing the risks posed by additional proposed bioresearch laboratories.
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Smallpox stockpile needed to create better vaccine, expert says

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 @ 4:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

With the World Health Assembly set for May and a smallpox debate already underway, the two known holders of the virus - the United States and Russia - find themselves in a precarious diplomatic position.
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New enzyme fights nerve gas

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 @ 4:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have developed an enzyme to break down organophosphorous nerve agents by inducing "natural selection" of enzymes in a test tube to produce effective remedies.
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Release date set for Electronic Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios software

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An updated version of Electronic Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios software, which allows officials to calculate the death toll from a potential anthrax attack, is scheduled for a 2011 release date.
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New instrument to detect bioagents created

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Engineers and biologists from Sandia Labs and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center have created an instrument that is able to detect biological warfare agents.
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Toronto simulates toxic mist release

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergency crews in Toronto recently participated in a simulated terrorist attack at the unused lower platform of the Bay subway station to test out the federal government's new national standard for firefighter, police officer and paramedic protective equ
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Potential protection against plague discovered

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 @ 9:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A research team led by Dr. Stephen Smiley at the Trudeau Institute in New York has discovered a new protective property of an immune system T cell that may protect the human body against plague.
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Vermont National Guard to protect Super Bowl from biothreats

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 @ 3:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Vermont National Guard is sending 16 members of a team that are trained to respond to an attack using weapons of mass destruction, including bioweapons, to provide security at the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas.
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U.S. to allow technology exports to India

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 @ 3:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States has recently reopened the door to high technology and aerospace exports to India, including those that could be used in the construction of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
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N.C. partnership develops new biothreat detection system

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 @ 3:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A public-private partnership in North Carolina has developed a new biothreat detection system that may improve early outbreak detection of North Carolina health events, including bioattacks.
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FBI investigating mystery substance in Ohio home

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 @ 3:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A team of FBI authorities from Quantico, Virginia, and Pittsburgh were brought in to investigate a suspicious and potentially deadly substance in a house in Coventry Township, Ohio, on Tuesday.
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Virtual world to aid Secret Service in fighting bioterror

Friday, Jan 28, 2011 @ 10:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Secret Service has recently upgraded its tabletop "Tiny Town" model to a virtual world that will help agents to prepare for threat scenarios like chemical, biological and radiological attacks.
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Dugway Proving Ground briefly locked down

Friday, Jan 28, 2011 @ 10:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Dugway Proving Ground in Utah was locked down temporarily on Wednesday after a small amount of a nerve agent went missing.
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