Bio-threat specialist: Fighting 'worst' Ebola epidemic ever requires vigilance

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 3:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An official from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged Congressional members Wednesday to continue its fight against Ebola in West Africa.
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EU releases Ebola relief effort summary

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The European Union (EU) released its response to the ongoing situation in West Africa with the Ebola virus infecting more than 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths since the outbreak began in Dec. 2013 on Tuesday.
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Va. EMS award winners announced during 35th annual symposium

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Virginia Department of Health released the 2014 Governor's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award winners on Tuesday.
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WHO: Faster, more efficient Ebola test needed

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In the World Health Organization's most recent report on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the group urges the need for rapid and safe testing methods to help discover and treat cases faster.
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U.S. and Canada test multi-national emergency response

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 4:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Canada and the U.S.
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Congresswoman: Inter-agency communications have improved since 9/11

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 5:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The country has improved communications among federal agencies since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) said.
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Cherokee County emergency-response manager said team ready for crises

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 @ 6:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

In rural Kansas, Cherokee County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are ready for action, Emergency Manager Arthur Blick said.
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Internet resources, CDC collaboration vital to Arizona Department of Health Services

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 12:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

With direct involvement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is able to stay fully equipped with the necessary means to effectively respond to biological outbreaks or threats.
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Director testifies regarding NIAID's efforts to curb Ebola outbreak

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 12:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), updated the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on health about his agency's efforts to fight Ebola on Wednesday.
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PharmAthene fufills BARDA anti-anthrax contract

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 4:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The pharmaceutical developer, PharmAthene announced Thursday that it has fulfilled a contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) that was finalized in Nov. of last year, to develop an anti-anthrax compound.
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Three most affected countries still reporting Ebola cases

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 4:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The United States is one of eight countries that have reported positive tests for the Ebola virus.
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Senator grills officials over funding priorities against biological, other threats

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 4:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) questioned representatives of the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services Wednesday at a hearing on public health threats about bio-preparedness funding priorities.
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McCaul to remain chairman of Committee on Homeland Security

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 @ 5:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul was tapped this week to continue as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
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WHO declares Congo Ebola free

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 @ 1:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is officially over.
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Cempra receives $16M from BARDA for drug study

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 @ 1:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Cempra Inc. announced on Thursday that is will receive an additional $16 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for two more clinical studies of its drug solithromycin on pediatric patients with bacterial infections.
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Doctors Without Borders expands Mali Ebola response

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 @ 2:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday that it will expand its efforts in Mali after a new case of Ebola hemorrhagic fever was detected in the capital city of Bamako.
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Legislation introduced to improve DHS-private sector interaction

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 @ 2:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, on Thursday joined Rep. Curt Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) in co-sponsoring a bill that would facilitate improved interaction between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector.
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Emergency preparedness conference seeks presenters

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 @ 2:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is seeking presenters for the seventh annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, which will be held April 21-22, 2015.
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Putnam County Department of Health takes lead in bio-preparedness

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 @ 5:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

By staying ahead of the curve through collaboration and extensive practice, Putnam County is able to remain thoroughly prepared for any emergencies that may arise.
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Researcher: U.S. is in a better place to respond to biological attacks, outbreaks

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 @ 5:13pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Infectious-disease researcher Rita R. Colwell is in a unique position to understand the dangers of biological agents that could be employed in a terrorist attack or biological outbreaks that could endanger U.S. citizens.
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