NIH awards seven new contracts for vaccine research

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 @ 1:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded seven research contracts to identify new adjuvants to enhance the protective abilities of vaccines.
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Indiana paramedics receive CDP training

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 @ 1:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Heather Coburn, the paramedic program director for Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana, is currently attending an Emergency Medical Operations (EMO) course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama.
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Philips Respironics to develop portable ventilator for pandemics

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 @ 1:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide financial support to Philips Respironics for the development of a portable respirator in an effort to boost emergency response to pandemics.
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Ebola appears to dissipate in Nigeria and Senegal

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 @ 11:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

With a rapid response operation the Ebola outbreak seems to be dissipating in Nigeria and Senegal according to a report released by the Center for Disease and Control on Tuesday.
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UTMB experts fight Ebola virus

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 @ 11:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A team of experts from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have been researching and providing outbreak response support in the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa.
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HHS selects nanoMR to develop device to expedite bacteria testing

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 @ 1:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

New Mexico-based nanoMR Inc. received $5.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday to develop a device that could reduce the time needed to test for bacteria such as anthrax from days to hours.
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OIG reports FEMA’s supply chain system may be inadequate during a catastrophic event

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 @ 2:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A report issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has stated that after an audit it found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Logistics Supply Chain Management System (LSCMS) may not be able meet the needs of providing supplies to victims in the case of a catastrophic event.
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Family of Dallas County Ebola patient issued public health control order

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 @ 3:40pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Texas and Dallas County health officials are exercising caution and issued close family members of the Dallas Ebola patient a strict public health control order on Wednesday to prevent the spread of the disease.
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Canadian government ministers introduce CBRNE resilience strategy and action plan

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 @ 5:04am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergency management priorities were the main topic of discussion at a meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers on Oct. 2.
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ParVax CEO to serve as featured presenter at 13th annual BIO investor forum.

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 @ 5:17am by BioPrepWatch Reports

PaxVax, Inc. CEO Ken Kelley will present at the 13th annual BIO Investor Forum on Oct. 7-8 in San Francisco, Calif.
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MEMA recognizes safety and security project award winners

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 @ 6:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

To cap Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Month 2014, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is highlighting the work of several participants who “Got Involved” in safety and security enhancement projects for their communities.
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FEMA hiring Disaster Emergency Communications supervisor

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 @ 12:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking a group supervisor to oversee the Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) group in Maryland.
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AT&T awards $13,000 to teach fifth graders emergency preparedness

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 @ 12:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Wisconsin fifth graders will learn emergency preparedness skills thanks to a $13,000 award from AT&T that will be used to bring the STEP program back to schools, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced on Sept. 29.
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King introduces bill to make Anthrax vaccine available to 1st responders

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 @ 4:33pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) recently introduced House Resolution 5620, which would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available for use by emergency response providers.
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Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak reported in Uganda

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 @ 1:48pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

One person has died, another is in isolation and more than 80 others are being monitored closely following an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) in Uganda, African News reported on Monday.
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Former Homeland Security chief expresses concerns about U.S. biopreparedness

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 @ 2:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge voiced his concerns about America's biopreparedness in the midst of the current Ebola scare on Monday.
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FDA opens biodefense laboratory complex in White Oak, Md.

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 @ 2:42pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a new biodefense laboratory complex at the White Oak Campus in White Oak, Maryland, on Sept. 26.
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Texas creates infectious disease task force

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 @ 12:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Brett P. Giroir will lead the newly created Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, which will assess the state's readiness level for response to pandemic diseases such as Ebola, Gov. Rick Perry announced on Monday.
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Mississsippi reviews response plans for health emergencies

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 @ 12:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and several state agencies are working to create a coordinated response to public health emergencies and provide a briefing to Gov. Phil Bryant at the State Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday.
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FEMA hiring regional administrators in Oakland, Atlanta

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 @ 1:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking regional administrators to serve as the primary coordinators between all programs in its Oakland and Atlanta offices.
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