Sixth death in Scotland anthrax outbreak

Friday, Jan 8, 2010 @ 4:25pm by Nick Rees

Health officials in Scotland have revealed that they believe contaminated heroin thought to be responsible for multiple Glasgow anthrax cases may be circulating elsewhere in the nation.
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HHS releases National Health Security Strategy

Friday, Jan 8, 2010 @ 4:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Health Security Strategy was released today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The plan is the nation's first comprehensive strategy to focus on protecting people's health during a large-scale emergency.
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Fifth Black Death envelope found

Friday, Jan 8, 2010 @ 4:33pm by Nick Rees

A fifth envelope has been discover at University of California - Irvine containing white powder and a message with the words "black death."
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Fears rise that Scotland anthrax outbreak spreading

Friday, Jan 8, 2010 @ 4:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The anthrax outbreak among intravenous drug users in Scotland has now caused six deaths and infected a total of 12 people, health officials have revealed.
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Planned bioattack simulation in Israel could be sign of coming biowar, activist warns

Friday, Jan 8, 2010 @ 4:37pm by Nick Rees

Israel's planned simulated biological warfare attack could be the run up to a catastrophic response to Iran and Hezbollah, Elias Bejjani, a Canadian-Lebanese human rights activist has said.
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Additional funding granted for liquid crystal biothreat detector development

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 @ 3:49pm by Nick Rees

A federal contract worth $2.2 million has been awarded to Platypus Technologies to advance its development of a liquid crystal technology to detect molecular interactions on nanostructured surfaces.
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Maryland hospital tabbed as destination in the event of bioattack

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 @ 3:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A newly announced federally funded partnership will make a Cheverly, Maryland hospital a destination in the event of a terrorist attack.
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Fears of ease of bioattack at World Cup rise

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 @ 3:58pm by Nick Rees

Security analysts have warned that World Cup fans in South Africa are facing serious terrorist threats, including biological attacks, following the lethal ambush of the Togo soccer team in Angola last week.
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Study reveals ease of bioattack on airline industry

Monday, Jan 11, 2010 @ 4:04pm by Nick Rees

In a study on potential airline bioterrorism, RGF, in association with Kansas State University, has revealed that the release of a bioagent within a plane or airport terminal easily, potentially creating a pandemic.
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Alabama praises response to recent anthrax scare

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 @ 3:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The anthrax scare last week in Alabama, which turned out to be harmless household products, aided the state in analyzing its local, regional and state level emergency response procedures, officials have said.
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More frequent screenings recommended for handlers of deadly pathogens

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 @ 3:55pm by Nick Rees

More frequent security screening has been recommended by a federal panel for researchers who handle the world's deadliest pathogens.
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Subject: BPW - R. Don Elsey joins MdBio Foundation's board of directors

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 @ 3:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.'s R. Don Elsey, chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance and administration, has joined the MdBio Foundation's board of directors.
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Seventh anthrax death in Scotland

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 @ 4:01pm by Nick Rees

In a chilling sign that Scotland's anthrax outbreak among heroin users is spreading, a seventh death - the second in Tayside - has been announced by officials.
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Select Agents and Toxins list hindering biosecurity, scientists say

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 @ 4:04pm by Nick Rees

Scientists have said that the Select Agents and Toxins list, rather than strengthening security, is, in fact, undermining the nation's security.
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CDC to increase Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 3:10pm by Nick Rees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will increase the number of Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers to nine following the awarding of $2.7 million to create two more of the centers.
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New biological decontamination service launched

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 3:18pm by Nick Rees

The United State's largest precision cleaning and passivation company - Astro Pak Corporation - has launched a new subsidiary to provide on-site biological decontamination services.
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Guam simulates attack

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 3:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Guam simulated a biological, chemical and radioactive attack this week as part of a 36 hour training exercise to test local and federal agencies' preparedness in the face of a terrorist attack.
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Grant awarded to develop quicker methods of diagnosing bioagents

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 3:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health have awarded a grant to develop quick diagnostic methods for bacterial agents requiring limited resources and personnel.
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Bruker Detection advances detector unit

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 3:29pm by Nick Rees

Bruker Detection has advanced to the last phase of the Department of Homeland Security's Autonomous Rapid Facility Chemical Agent Monitor Research & Development Program.
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ISBI Conference on de novo Synthesis of Smallpox, Washington DC

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 @ 8:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The communities of experts and officials who focus on bioviolence (the intentional infliction of disease) have long considered smallpox (variola major) to be among the most terrifying bio-agents.
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