Top U.S. commander says Syria has substantial bioweapon capability

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, Syria has a "substantial" capability for biological and chemical weapons and an effort to scale back naval presence in the area could spell trouble.
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Debate rages on biocontainment of transmissible H5N1

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 @ 9:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Four papers published in mBio on Tuesday offer multiple perspectives about the biocontainment facilities that should be used by researchers to work with bird flu viruses that can transmit in mammals.
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White powder sent to Rhode Island elementary school

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 @ 10:14am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to the Rhode Island Health Department, preliminary tests on a suspicious white powder that led to the closure of Greenbush Elementary in West Warwick, R.I., exhibited no bioterror agents.
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Canadian sentenced for planned terrorist attacks

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Adel Mohamed Nagi Arnaout, nicknamed the Vendetta bomber, was sentenced to an indefinite prison term on Wednesday in Ontario, Canada, for planned terrorist acts, including attempted poisonings, letter bombings and exploding packages.
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Questions raised about safety precautions for H5N1 research

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 @ 11:57am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Experts are at odds this week when it came to what level of safety precautions should be used for research on H5N1 viruses that can spread in mammals.
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Panetta, Dempsey warn of Syria's bioweapons

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 @ 10:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Top U.S. military officials spoke on Wednesday about Syria's extensive biological and chemical weapons stockpile and its sophisticated air defenses as a strategic reality check to the demand for U.S. military action.
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BSL-4 lab at Fort Detrick moving forward, report says

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 @ 10:48am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Despite an announcement last week that the construction of a medical countermeasure facility was put on hold at Fort Detrick, other facilities, including a biosafety level 4 laboratory, will continue to move forward as planned.
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Law enforcement investigating multiple powder threats sent to New England schools

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 @ 11:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Law enforcement agencies are looking into why multiple schools in the state of Connecticut received envelopes this week containing suspicious white powder.
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Sen. Burr applauds passage of bipartisan preparedness bill

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 @ 11:53am by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) issued a statement on Thursday following the passage of a bipartisan bill by the United States Senate to improve the preparedness of the U.S. against terrorist attacks.
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Man arrested over white powder hoax letters

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:22am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A man was arrested on Friday in connection with the mailing of threatening letters that contained suspicious white powder to members of Congress and multiple media organizations.
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Thirteen people contract anthrax in Peru

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Thirteen people in Peru have contracted anthrax after people in the area handled a diseased animal.
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Congress should take agroterror threat seriously, expert says

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to an editorial by Tom Quaife of the Dairy Herd Network, the threat of agroterrorism should be taken much more seriously by members of Congress and the Obama administration.
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Illinois county to simulate anthrax attack

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 @ 10:07am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Illinois first responders and hospitals in McLean County, along with officials with the Red Cross, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, will run a tabletop exercise on Wednesday simulating an inhalation anthrax release.
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Canadian man given indefinite prison term over ricin-laced water

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 @ 10:18am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Lebanese-born man who was convicted of 11 counts of attempted murder for sending poisoned water and letter bombs to multiple targets has been labeled a dangerous offender in Canada, receiving an indefinite prison term.
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South Korea not prepared for North Korea's bioweapons capability

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:11am by BioPrepWatch Reports

When compared with the biological warfare defenses of the United States, South Korea's capabilities to deal with the smallpox virus fall well short despite North Korea's biological weapons capacity.
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Former University of Texas student arrested with ricin strains

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:22am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A former student at the University of Texas allegedly stole multiple vials and plastic droppers from a UT laboratory, including a harmless strain of the bioterrorism agent ricin.
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Dutch government may prevent publication of H5N1 study

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Adding to the ongoing controversy over the publication of two H5N1 virus studies, the Dutch government may consider using export regulations to prevent the full publication of a study by Ron Fouchier and his colleagues.
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More than 200 mishaps reported at Fort Detrick in 2010, 2011

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 @ 10:47am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The more than 200 mishaps reported at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in 2010 and 2011 will be used to determine safer practices at the labs in the future.
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Antibody-based therapies shown to protect against Ebola, Marburg

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 @ 11:06am by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Army scientists recently demonstrated that antibody-based therapies are capable of protecting primates from the potential bioweapon Ebola and Marburg viruses.
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Federal judge in Washington sends letter hoaxer to Oregon to face charges

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 @ 11:25am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A federal judge in Washington state recently sent a man to Oregon to face charges for allegedly sending approximately 100 threatening letters containing a white powder to members of Congress and the media.
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