WHO releases update on Ebola outbreak

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 11:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday released an update concerning the Ebola outbreak that continues to affect West Africa.
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VIBATIV shows promise in fight against MRSA

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 2:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted a supplemental New Drug Application from Theravance Biopharma for its drug VIBATIV (telavancin), which combats hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. 
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FEMA posts three open positions

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 2:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Federal coordinating officers, division supervisor and program analyst needed.
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USDA issues conditional license for avian flu vaccine

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 2:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a conditional license to Harrisvaccines for the use of the company's avian influenza vaccine.
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Rep. Cole encourages Oklahomans to prepare for emergencies

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 7:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) released a statement Tuesday highlighting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recommendations for emergency and disaster preparedness.
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University of Montréal researchers trace origins of Lassa virus

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 @ 8:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

University of Montréal researchers, led by Jesse Shapiro, have identified genetic origins of the Lassa virus, tracing it back to Nigeria through distant strains to a common ancestor as far back as 1,000 years ago. 
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Fatal MERS case reported in Kuwait

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:38am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National International Health Regulations focal point of Kuwait notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) on Sept. 19.
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Bangladesh officials report case of avian flu to WHO

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 @ 11:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Health officials in Bangladesh reported one human case of avian influenza (H9N2) to the World Health Organization this month.
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FEMA seeks program analyst, training specialist

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 @ 7:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that it has a program analyst and training specialist position at its Washington D.C. and Atlanta offices, respectively.
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Study correlates African malaria cases with large dam locations

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 @ 8:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has correlated cases of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa with large dams in the region.
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Fourth plague case confirmed in New Mexico

Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 @ 11:22am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) announced Wednesday that a case of human plague in Sana Fe County has been confirmed by a laboratory.
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Deforestation cited in increased bat-to-human Ebola transmission

Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 @ 3:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A report from the Environmental Research Management Foundation, the United Nations Development Program and the Environmental Foundation of Africa found that forest fragmentation increased bat-to-human transmission of Ebola, they announced Thursday.
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U.K. citizen sentenced to eight years in ricin case

Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 @ 4:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A computer programmer in the United Kingdom was sentenced last week to serve eight years in prison for attempting to purchase ricin toxin.
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GAO releases report on National Biosurveillance Integration Center

Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 @ 8:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Thursday on the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) and identified roles and associated challenges that are essential for the center.
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Paraguay adopts CWC implementation legislation

Monday, Sep 28, 2015 @ 2:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Friday that Paraguay has passed legislation that fully implements provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
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WHO releases updated statistics on Ebola outbreak

Monday, Sep 28, 2015 @ 10:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday released updated statistics on the Ebola outbreak occurring in West Africa, including data on cumulative case counts and the number of fatalities in the three most heavily impacted countries — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — and on cases outside of those countries.
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HHS, University of Colorado explore potential mustard gas countermeasure

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 @ 11:07am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the University of Colorado's Pediatric Airway Research Center will research the possible uses of an approved drug against sulfur mustard exposure, they announced Sept. 23. 
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WHO, Pan American Health release dengue case report for Americas

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 @ 12:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released data on reported cases of dengue fever in the Americas on Friday.
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WHO issues medical support to Yemen

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 @ 1:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this past week that the organization will be sending medical supplies and fuel to health services in Yemen to prevent their shutdown as conflict in the country continues.
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NIH issues details for CNS program

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 @ 7:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released details this month on a new program, called the CounterACT Neurotherapeutics Screening (CNS) Program, in order to accelerate countermeasure development for chemical threats.
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