Arizona county regularly reviews response plan against bio-threats

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) in Arizona conducts annual reviews of its countermeasure plan for use against bio-threats, Bruce Leeming, emergency-response coordinator of the state's Office of Bio Defense, Emergency Preparedness and Response, recently said to BioPrepWatch.
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GAO report finds opportunities for cost efficiency by FEMA

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 2:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released on Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has plenty of leeway to drastically reduce its administrative costs.
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Black Hawk County EM defers to local health department in bio-emergencies

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 3:02pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Black Hawk County Emergency Management in Iowa takes on a supportive role in emergencies of a biological nature, submitting to the local health department as the leader of response efforts.
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Company offers mailroom awareness training over CBR substances

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 4:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Hotzone Solutions is offering mailroom safety courses to increase awareness of chemical, biological and radiological substances.
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Alachua County takes one-size-fits-all approach to crisis plan

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 5:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Florida's Alachua County operates from its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) when it responds to any type of crisis.
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Kansas City firm to send mobile Ebola-testing labs to Africa

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 @ 6:20pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

MRIGlobal said Tuesday that it is sending two clinical diagnostic laboratories to Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone.
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One new case of dengue fever confirmed in Hong Kong

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 @ 11:54am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong confirmed 110 cases of dengue fever so far this year, including a new case that was reported between in the last week.
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Cell therapy company agrees to $2 million contract option for thermal burn treatment research

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 @ 12:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Cytori Therapeutics and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) announced today that they have agreed to amend an original contract option to continue Cytori's development of a treatment for thermal burns.
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USAID grant to help fund static-disinfectant research

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 @ 2:06pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

SPR Advanced Technologies said Thursday that it will be refining and testing its method of disinfecting affected surfaces by using electrostatic fields with grant funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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FEMA branch seeks deputy federal preparedness coordinator

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 @ 2:57pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of deputy federal preparedness coordinator at its office in Denton, Texas, the agency said Friday.
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Walker leads emergency management in McDowell County, NC

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 @ 12:31pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Craig Walker has been dealing with one emergency after another since he was 19 years old.
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NIH releases patient exposed to Ebola

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 @ 2:24pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center discharged a patient on Friday who was admitted on Dec. 11 after a possible “high-risk exposure” to the Ebola virus.
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GAO recommends policy changes for future FBI anthrax investigations

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 @ 2:55pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended the FBI improve its procedures after conducting a study on the bureau's statistical analyses and genetic test development process for samples of the anthrax-causing bacterium that was intentionally released in 2001.
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Diatherix gets new federal grant to study pathogens

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 @ 3:58pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Diatherix Laboratories said last week that it had secured another federal grant to further its research on diagnosing strains of E. coli bacteria and other pathogens.
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Pfenex recombinant anthrax vaccine receives active IND status

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 @ 4:01pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The recombinant anthrax vaccine Px563L received active Investigational New Drug (IND) status and additional funding through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) from the Department of Health and Human Services, developer Pfenex Inc. announced today.
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NewLink Genetics subsidiary awarded $30 million contract for Ebola vaccine

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 9:40am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $30 million contract to BioProtection Systems for the manufacturing and development of the investigational rVSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine.
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Chimerix summarizes highlights of 2014

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 3:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Chimerix, Inc. released their end of the year report on what has happened in the development of antiviral medicine, specifically the testing process of their brincidofovir (BCV) Ebola treatment candidate, on Tuesday.
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Florida Division of Emergency Management coordinates response efforts across state

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 4:14pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) primarily work to facilitate the efforts of other state agencies, no matter what type of incident occurs.
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SES joins consortium to fight Ebola with mobile lab

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 4:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

SES, a satellite communications company, announced on Monday that it was teaming up with a collaborative group that runs a mobile laboratory to improve response time in the fight against the Ebola virus.
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CDC director: Ebola remains virulent in parts of Africa

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 @ 5:23pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Monday that there is still work to be done to fight the Ebola virus, a day after he returned from his second visit to three affected countries in Africa.
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