Lugar announces progress in destroying WMDs

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), the co-author of the Nunn-Lugar Act, announced recent progress in the attempt to dismantle weapons of mass destruction on Thursday, including the destruction of over 70 metric tons of chemical nerve agent.
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Australian researchers try to stop Hendra virus

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 @ 10:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers at Australia's Griffith University School of Medical Science are close to finding a successful human treatment for the Hendra virus, a possible bioterrorism agent, and the Nipah virus, a close relative.
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White powder hoaxes continue in Quebec

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 @ 11:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A second series of packages containing white powder were recently sent to the offices of Quebec politicians and media outlets.
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Alabama county conducts major bioterror drill

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 @ 11:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

First responders in Jefferson County, Alabama, recently conducted an emergency operations drill simulating a biological attack.
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Large, fortified hospital opens in Haifa

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 @ 10:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Sammy Ofer Northern Regional Underground Emergency Hospital, the largest and most advanced underground hospital worldwide, has opened in Haifa, Israel, with the ability to protect its patients from chemical and biological weapons.
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Powder mailed to N.C. church ruled harmless

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 @ 10:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory determined on Friday that the suspicious powder found in an envelope at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, on Thursday was not a bioterrorism agent.
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Japan intensifies search for remaining sarin attack cult fugitive

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 @ 11:11am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Japan has mobilized thousands of police in an effort to hunt for the last fugitive suspect in the 1995 doomsday cult nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway.
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CDC to purchase antimicrobials for use against anthrax bacteria

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced its intent to issue a purchase order for the production of novel antimicrobials designed to kill the anthrax bacterium.
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Naveh: Israel could be threatened by Syrian chemical weapons

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Yair Naveh, the deputy military chief of the Israeli Defense Force, announced on Sunday that Syria had one of the biggest chemical weapons stockpiles worldwide and could use the weapons to attack Israel.
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General Dynamics exhibits CBRN tactical vehicle

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 @ 10:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

General Dynamics European Land Systems held a demonstration for its Eagle light tactical vehicle, a device capable of identifying CBRN threats, on Monday during the first day of the Paris Eurosatory exhibition.
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House passes SMART port security bill

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Homeland Security Committee recently approved a transportation security bill that would increase safety measures taken at ports and streamline the documentation of transportation workers.
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Scientists uncover bacterial armor

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists recently uncovered the structure of the protein coat that surrounds and protects many kinds of bacteria, including those used as biological weapons.
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Quebec university professor receives suspicious powder envelope

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 @ 10:08am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A professor from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, who sided with the government in a recent conflict with students received a threatening envelope on Monday filled with white powder.
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Former NJ pushes for tougher chemical industry standards

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 @ 11:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Former N.J. Governor Christie Whitman, a former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is urging the federal government to push the chemical industry to safeguard against terrorist attacks.
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USAMRICD holds biennial conference

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 @ 11:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense recently hosted the 18th Biennial Medical Defense Bioscience Review held in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
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APHA director calls for additional emergency preparedness

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 @ 12:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The executive director of the American Public Health Association testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications on June 6 on the subject of public health emergency preparedness.
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Airflow issues persist at CDC bioterror germ lab

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A major bioterror laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has run into repeated airflow system issues, according to internal emails and government documents.
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Siga appeals smallpox drug ruling that awarded profits to PharmAthene

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 @ 10:59am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Siga Technologies, Inc., announced on Tuesday that it filed an appeal to overturn a ruling that awarded approximately half the profits of its smallpox drug to PharmAthene, Inc.
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Threat reduction programs shift focus to bioweapons

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 @ 11:14am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A two decade-long U.S. Department of Defense program designed to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction from the former Soviet Union is shifting its focus from nuclear to biological weapons and from Russia to Southeast Asia and Africa.
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Azerbaijan fears anthrax outbreak in Georgia

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 @ 11:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Azerbaijan's ministry of agriculture recently warned customs authorities and retail facilities to remain on alert for signs of an anthrax outbreak spreading out of neighboring Georgia.
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