U.S. and Korea to hold bio-threat simulation

Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 10:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The South Korean Ministry of National Defense announced on Friday that The United States and Korea will hold an anti-biological terrorism simulation this week.
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House committee passes WMD legislation

Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security recently passed multiple bills aimed at improving the federal government's ability to prepare for and prevent an attack using weapons of mass destruction.
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Experts worry about Obama's food security approaches

Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 11:33am by BioPrepWatch Reports

President Barack Obama recently invited a number of African leaders to join the G8 summit for a discussion on food security, despite claims that he has failed to adequately address food security issues at home.
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Expert: Syrian weapons could be obtained by al-Qaeda

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

In an editorial for Ground Report, a former U.S. soldier and infantryman asks if the chemical weapons cache in Syria may be used by the Assad regime or be stolen away by al-Qaeda forces.
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W. Va. county plans simulated public health emergency

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The health department in Marion County, West Virginia, is planning a simulated public health emergency for June to ensure that it is prepared for anthrax scares, flu outbreaks and other emergency situations.
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Wyoming County tests emergency preparedness with anthrax simulation

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Public health officials in Laramie County, Wyoming, recently conducted an emergency health disaster drill that simulated a release of the bioterror agent anthrax.
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Connecticut schools reopen after white powder scare

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 11:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A white powder used to threaten an elementary school in Manchester, Connecticut, is not believed to be a hazardous agent.
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Two new Portland powder scares occupy hazmat squads

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 10:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two additional matters involving suspicious white powder on Thursday kept Portland, Oregon, hazmat teams occupied, with both situations involving letters labeled with the word "anthrax."
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Michigan brownfield tax incentive clears hurdle for Emergent BioSolutions

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A $6.4 million brownfield tax incentive for Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., a developer of the anthrax vaccine, successfully cleared a procedural roadblock on Monday after the Lansing City Council held a public hearing on the matter.
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National Guard CSTs remained active in 2011

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 11:02am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams were deployed in the United States 128 times in support of civil authorities during fiscal year 2011.
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DTRA partners with JoVE to publish bioweapon detector research

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 11:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Journal of Visualized Experiments recently announced plans to publish articles in cooperation with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency on recent advancements in defense technology, including the development of a new biological agent detector.
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Congress proposes WMD biodefense bill

Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 10:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Congress will soon debate H.R. 2356, the WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2011, before four different House committees before the bill heads to the Senate for further debate.
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DTRA solicits early warning anthrax detection clothing

Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has expressed major interest in materials built with covert chemical warfare detectors to more effectively spot bioterrorism threats like anthrax.
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House committee includes NBAF funding in homeland security bill

Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 11:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be located in Manhattan, Kansas, took another step towards reality when the House Appropriations Committee included $75 million for its construction as part of fiscal year 2013 homeland security funding.
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Wyoming tests anthrax response plans

Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 11:29am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Public health officials and emergency response agencies in Wyoming recently conducted a full-scale drill simulating an attack using the bioterror agent anthrax.
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Chicago hospitals on alert for bioterrorism with NATO in town

Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the University of Chicago Medical Center will set up their decontamination areas to treat victims of potential bioterrorist attacks during this week's NATO summit.
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Government panel debates protecting children from bioterrorism

Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A presidential panel for the Obama Administration will help to decide if the anthrax vaccine and other stockpiled treatments for bioterrorism should be tested on children.
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FDA approves BioThrax administration schedule change

Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:13am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its application to alter the administration schedule of BioThrax, the only FDA approved medication to treat anthrax disease pre-exposure.
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FBI, U.S. Postal Services offers $150,000 for help in white powder case

Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Service recently announced the establishment of a $150,000 reward for information that leads them to the mailer of at least 380 white powder threats.
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Fueling issues slow anthrax vaccinations in Ghana

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health officials in Ghana are facing a challenge in the attempt to vaccinate animals against anthrax after an April outbreak, especially the fueling of vehicles to move into communities.
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