Agroterrorism summit stresses vigilance

Friday, Apr 6, 2012 @ 11:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Experts meeting at an agroterrorism summit held recently in Parlier, California, gave farmers and farm workers advice on how to prevent a potential terrorist act.
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Suspicious powder at Iowa Statehouse identified as antacid

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 @ 10:03am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to Iowa officials, the white powder that led to a lockdown of the Iowa Statehouse on Tuesday was actually the calcium carbonate, a common antacid.
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Censoring data on influenza could increase bioterror threat

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 @ 10:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The attempt to censor science by redacting scientific research may cause the very bioterrorism problems it is trying to prevent, a a leading cyber-security specialist has revealed.
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J&J plague treatment could gain fast FDA approval

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 @ 11:22am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Johnson & Johnson's powerful antibiotic Levaquin is currently being considered for approval by federal regulators as a treatment for pneumonic plague, the ancient illness feared for its potential use as a biological weapon.
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Royal Society meeting shines light on H5N1 experiments

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 @ 11:36am by BioPrepWatch Reports

At a recent meeting of scientists and experts at the Royal Society in London, two researchers who worked on projects involving mutated forms of H5N1 avian influenza said their independent projects did not produce a killer bug, but provided useful information for future studies.
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Russia confirms discovery of sarin capsule

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:28am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Security services in Russia confirmed on Monday that a capsule believed to contain sarin, an extremely toxic nerve agent, has been discovered in the county's Bryansk region.
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Kansas CST trained to handle chemical and biological threats

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Kansas-based 73rd Civil Support Team, Weapons of Mass Destruction, visited Fort Leavenworth from March 27-29 to conduct a training exercise related to chemical and biological threats.
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USAMRIID acclimates to higher security

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

In the decade since a series of anthrax-filled letters killed five people and infected 17 others, security at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, has never been tighter.
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Washington State to hold free bioterrorism lecture

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Washington State University plans to hold a free public lecture on the threat of bioterrorism.
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New government policy addresses H5N1 controversy, raises questions

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:01am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A policy created by the federal government to regulate the oversight of life sciences dual-use research has addressed the controversy over the publication of two H5N1 avian flu experiments but has also raised questions.
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Scientists develop rapid water-germ detecting biosensor

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 @ 10:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers with the South Wales-based Cassidian Systems have developed a small, automated biosensor that is able to detect and identify dangerous pathogens in water in a matter of minutes.
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Myrtle Beach firefighters conduct emergency training

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Firefighters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, recently completed a series of simulations designed to test their ability to handle an emergency involving a biological weapon of mass destruction.
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Iowa man sent to federal prison after violating release in white powder case

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An Iowa man who spent time in a federal prison for sending a police officer a threatening letter containing a white powder is going back to prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.
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Tom Vilsack reiterates need for NBAF project

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:07am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Tom Vilsack, the U.S. agriculture secretary, said on Tuesday that the construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility should move forward and that it is important to ensure a safe and adequate food supply.
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Pennsylvania Walmart evacuated after discovery of white powder

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Westfall Township, Pennsylvania Walmart was evacuated and closed on Tuesday after the discovery of an unknown white powdery substance.
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Fouchier H5N1 study held up by Dutch export regulations

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Export controls in the Netherlands are being cited as an obstacle to the publication of a controversial study of manmade mammalian-transmissible H5N1 viruses by Dr. Ron Fouchier of the University of Rotterdam and his colleagues.
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Oklahoma University awarded $490,000 DHS anti-terrorist grant

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center was recently awarded $490,000 to study various means of improving the identification of potential terrorist threats.
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NRC study will examine potential alternatives to NBAF

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A blue-ribbon panel at the National Research Council began a study on Friday to determine possible alternatives to the controversial National Bio & Agro-Defense Facility.
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Group releases recommendations for response to botulinum attack

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:28am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A working group from the United States recently made a series of recommendations for how medical and public health professionals should respond to a bioterror attack using botulinum toxin.
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Elderly Georgian militiamen plead guilty to weapons, explosives charges

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A group of elderly Georgia militiamen recently plead guilty to conspiring to obtain explosives and a silencer as part of a terror plot uncovered in November.
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