Senate committee holds hearing on state of U.S. biodefense, preparedness

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 @ 3:08pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing late last week to examine the current state of U.S. biological defense measures, including preparedness in the event of a biological attack.
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White House memo recommends biosecurity preparedness, response measures

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 @ 4:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two assistants to the president, John Holdren and Lisa Monaco, issued a memo late last week on biosafety and biosecurity, featuring what steps should be taken at the federal level to improve efforts and measures in these areas. The memo details the implementation of recommendations that were made in a memo released in August 2014.
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Russia closes one of four chemical-weapons destruction facilities

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 4:10am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü took part in a ceremony on Friday to mark the closing of the Maradykovsky Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility (MCWD) in the Kirov region of Russia.
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Oregon health officials confirm plague case

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 4:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division said late last week that a case of bubonic plague has been confirmed in Crook County. Health officials said the patient, a teen female, is thought to have been infected from a flea bite during a hunting trip near Heppner in Morrow County on Oct. 18 and was taken to a hospital in Bend three days later after becoming ill.
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CDC report details Nigeria's effective Ebola response during 2014 epidemic

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 4:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on Friday that detailed the effectiveness of Nigeria’s management of the Ebola epidemic that began in Liberia in 2014. The report said a sick traveler from Liberia arrived by plane in Lagos, Nigeria -- one of Africa’s largest cities — on July 20, 2014, and was diagnosed with Ebola virus disease (EVD) after seeking treatment at a private hospital.
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Medicago to develop two Ebola antibodies under PHAC contract

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 1:10pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Medicago, Inc., announced last week that they have signed a contract with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to develop two antibodies to fight against the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus.
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WHO initiates cholera vaccine campaign in Iraq

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 1:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) has initiated a campaign to vaccinate 250,000 individuals in Iraq against cholera to curb the ongoing outbreak in the country, the organization announced Sunday.
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OPCW holds training course for customs officials

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 @ 2:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently detailed a customs officials course for the eastern and southern regions of Africa that took place earlier in October.
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Department of Homeland Security announces new HSSTAC members

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 @ 7:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

New appointees to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) were announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson this past week.
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USAID seeks monitoring and evaluation specialist in Liberia

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 @ 7:33am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced this past week that they are seeking a monitoring and evaluation specialist based in Monrovia, Liberia.
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DRC study indicates importance of early hospitalization for Ebola cases

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 7:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A study of Ebola epidemics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) indicates that early hospitalization is crucial in Ebola virus disease (EVD) treatment, researchers announced on Tuesday.
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CDC announces study results for ring vaccination efficacy against Ebola

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 7:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, indicating the efficacy of ring vaccination for the Ebola virus.
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Blocking calcium pathways shown to prevent hemorrhagic virus spread

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 8:27am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers from the Department of Pathobiology of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that blocking a calcium pathway can prevent the spread of hemorrhagic viruses, they announced this week.
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CDC issues report on Brazil's outbreak of mosquito-borne illnesses

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 8:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report from Brazil indicating an outbreak of mosquito-borne illnesses in their Dec. 2015 volume of the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.
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U.S. Army issues solicitation for specialized decontaminant

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 8:50am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Army issued a solicitation notice on Tuesday through the Federal Business Opportunities website in order to procure a decontaminant that would be utilized for specialized military equipment and other surfaces.
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CERN receives Illinois delegation backing as regional Ebola treatment center

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 2:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

All U.S. senators and representatives representing Illinois have offered their support for the Chicago Ebola Response Network (CERN) to be designated as a regional Ebola treatment entity, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced Tuesday.
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Environmental Restoration receives EPA contract

Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 @ 2:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a contract to Environmental Restoration, LLC, to take on removal activities for harmful materials, the Federal Business Opportunities website announced on Wednesday.
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CDC announces epidemiologist openings in Atlanta

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 @ 8:32am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they have openings for epidemiologists in Atlanta, with an application window that will close on Friday, Nov. 27.
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CDC reports increase in multi-state foodborne outbreaks

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 @ 8:43am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the number of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses across multiple states has increased in recent years, the organization announced Tuesday.
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JPM MCS seeks preliminary proposals for threat-protection medical products

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 @ 8:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM MCS) announced on Tuesday that they are accepting preliminary proposals for medical products to counter relevant threats.
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