CCHF case illustrates risks, insights into hemorrhagic fever treatment

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 @ 3:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The death of a U.S. soldier from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in 2009 is a much-needed reminder of important measure that must be taken when caring for patients with hemorrhagic fever viruses, Clinician's Biosecurity News said today.
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CDC to hold conference call on EMS transport of Ebola patients

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 @ 3:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A conference call that will allow participants to learn and ask about information and protocols for emergency medical services professionals regarding Ebola patient transport will be held on Dec. 15.
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Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense holds first meeting

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 @ 4:46pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense met for the first time Thursday in Washington, D.C., and will look at identifying and recommending any changes to federal policy and laws that will increase the country's biodefense and preparedness.
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FEMA seeks to hire branch chief for Denton, Texas, office

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 @ 6:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for an administrative services branch chief for its office in Denton, Texas.
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Soldiers train against CBRN attacks

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

For years, the U.S. Army taught soliders about sniper fire, explosives and other traditional weapons of war, but now it is preparing them for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats at the Lewis-McChord Joint Base in Washington.
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Burma ratifies treaty on bio weapons

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:34pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Burma has pledged its support to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) by becoming the 171st country to ratify the treaty on Dec. 1.
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FEMA aims to hire supervisory program manager for D.C. office

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to hire a supervisory program manager for its Washington, D.C., office.
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NATO course prepares first-responders for any CBRN attacks

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Over two dozen military and civilian first responders participated a training from NATO in mid-November on preparing for attacks using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons (CBRN).
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Burwell signs PREP declaration for Ebola vaccines

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell signed a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to facilitate the development of vaccines to combat the Ebola virus today.
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Kan. National Guard won't be deployed to West Africa

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Due to changes in the mission requirements, the National Guard's 891st Engineer Battalion stationed in Iola, Kansas, was informed on Wednesday that it will not be deployed to West Africa to help with the Ebola outbreak.
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NPRSB to hold public meeting Jan. 30

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Preparedness and Response Science Board (NPRSB) will hold a public meeting on Jan. 30.
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Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense holds first meeting

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, led by former Gov. Tom Ridge and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, met Thursday in Washington, D.C., to review the country's current level of defense against biological and chemical attacks.
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Liberian health care worker experiences Ebola as patient

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Liberian health worker who survived a bout with the Ebola virus said he is grateful for the experience and hopes it will help rid the country of the disease.
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Mutualink: More real-time communication needed in Ebola response

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Mutualink released a whitepaper on Monday that attempts to connect hospital emergency managers and government agencies more efficiently with information related to dealing with the Ebola virus.
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Homeland Security to host first responders webinar

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A series of webinars for first responders will be broadcast starting at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday.
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Sandia Labs seeks partners for Ebola detection device

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Sandia National Laboratories wants to partner with companies to create a fast-acting detection system for Ebola and related viruses.
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ARCA compound receives orphan drug designation

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave orphan drug designation to ARCA biopharm, Inc.'s rNAPc2 compound as a potential treatment for Ebola on Wednesday.
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Donini apponted CSO of Soligenix

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:05pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Soligenix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company has appointed Oreola Donini as its new Senior Vice President and CSO, the company announced Wednesday.
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Global Virus Network elects four board members, appoints two senior advisers

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Four new members were added to the board of directors and two senior advisors appointments were announced by the Global Virus Network on Tuesday.
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Mountain CERT program includes bio-terrorism training

Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Mountain CERT in California trains residents of Crestline, Green Valley Lake, Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead to assist first responders in emergency situations of all types, including bio-terrorism preparation and response.
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