International research team discovers key to Ebola infection

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 3:07pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have discovered an important mechanism involved with the spread of the Ebola virus.
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NCT CBRNe USA 2015 deemed a success

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 4:21pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The NCT Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNe) USA 2015 conference brought together industry experts and other stakeholders for what if being considered a successful conference, the organizers stated on Tuesday.
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University of Maryland School of Medicine research leads to FDA approval of drug for radiation sickness

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 2:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The University of Maryland's School of Medicine (UM SOM) said Friday that its research has allowed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a drug from the 1990s for radiation sickness treatment.The research led by Professor Thomas MacVittie and Assistant Professor Ann Farese shows that Neupogen is effective in counteracting radiation damage to the bone marrow.
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Annapolis, Maryland, seeking emergency planner

Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 3:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The City of Annapolis, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management has an opening for an emergency planner, they posted in a job listing on May 15.
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U.S. Army unit's efforts lead to declaration that Liberia is Ebola free

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 2:26pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

With international support from many groups and organizations including soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus on May 9.
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Montgomery County, Maryland, seeks emergency manager

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 1:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in Maryland has an opening for a manager III position, they stated in a recent job listing.
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Smiths Detection to supply Manila airport with body scanners

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 12:32pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Smiths Detection announced Thursday that it was awarded a contract to supply full-body scanners to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines.
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Marines hold response training against CBRNE attacks

Monday, Apr 13, 2015 @ 4:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Marines from the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) took part in a simulated attack the on a Washington D.C.
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Profectus Ebola vaccine shown to be effective

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015 @ 3:37pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A vaccine candidate against Ebola virus disease from Profectus BioSciences Inc. has shown to be effective in prevention during pre-clinical trials, the company announced on Thursday.
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GSK to open vaccine-research facility in Maryland

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 @ 6:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Thursday that it plans to open a global vaccine research and development facility in Rockville, Maryland. The U.K.-based company said the facility will allow it to boost its U.S. presence and will join others based in Rixensart, Belgium, and Siena, Italy.
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NACCHO Preparedness Summit this month in Atlanta

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 6:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) offered a preview on Wednesday of the upcoming Preparedness Summit that will take place April 14-17 in Atlanta. This year's main topic is global health security and preparation for emerging threats on a national scale.
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Anne Arundel County seeks emergency management specialist

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 @ 2:59pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Anne Arundel County in Maryland is looking to hire an emergency management specialist with focus in training and exercise, according to a recent job listing.
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HHS awards BioCryst $12 million contract

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 @ 6:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday that BioCryst will be awarded a $12 million contract for an Ebola treatment.
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NIH Ebola patient's condition improves

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 @ 4:29pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A patient at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research hospital who is being treated for Ebola virus disease (EVD) is improving, with a condition that is considered fair as opposed to serious, the NIH announced on Monday.
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Colorado depot resumes chemical-weapons destruction

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 @ 5:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

After a three-year hiatus, the U.S. resumed the destruction of remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons last week at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Colorado. Crews from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center began by puncturing canisters filled with mustard gas within an Explosive Destruction System (EDS).
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FDA approves anthrax treatment Anthrasil

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:18pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Food and Drug Administration approved the anthrax treatment Anthrasil from Emergent BioSolutions, the company said on Wednesday. The treatment is an Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (AIGIV) solution that consists of polyclonal antibodies that target the damaging portions and toxic material in the bacteria.
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Ebola diagnostic receives emergency use authorization

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 @ 4:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the Xpert Ebola test from Cepheid to be used through an emergency use authorization, the company announced on Tuesday.
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Elsevier unveils new edition of toxicology handbook

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 @ 4:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Elsevier has released the second edition of their widely acclaimed Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents along with other related books on Monday during the ToxExpo.
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ECAC approves Smiths Detection portable explosives detector

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 @ 6:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Smiths Detection announced on Tuesday that its IONSCAN 600 device was approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) to be used to detect portable explosives.
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PHE announces transport of possible Ebola contact

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 @ 3:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Public Health England (PHE) announced Monday that a possible Ebola virus contact has been transferred into the U.K. after working in Sierra Leone.
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