Chikungunya case in Spain actually a false positive

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 9:35am by BioPrepWatch Reports

European Center for Disease Prevention and Control says further testing did not detect actual infection.
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BARDA awards Avita $53.9 million contract

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 12:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) awarded a contract of up to $53.9 million to Avita Medical Ltd. for further development of their ReCell technology, the company announced on Wednesday.
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First Responders Group develops X-Ray Scanning Rover

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 1:12pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Science and Technology Directorate's First Responders Group (FRG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working to develop a rover that is able to scan suspicious objects in the field. 
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E. coli cases tied to Vermont restaurant

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 2:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Vermont health officials said several cases of E. coli have been potentially tied to a restaurant in South Royaltown, the Valley News reported Wednesday. According to health officials, eight out nine confirmed or probable cases of the disease involved people who had dined at Worthy Burger between late August and mid-September.
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OPCW holds National Awareness Workshop in Timor-Leste

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 3:15pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste held a two-day National Awareness Workshop, they announced on Thursday.
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CDP, federal law enforcement hold joint training on domestic terror response

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 3:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) detailed a recent preparedness exercise that involved both members of federal law enforcement and students of CDP courses on Wednesday.
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Salmonella affects 14 Detroit hospital patients

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 @ 3:27pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Fourteen patients at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit were exposed to salmonella last week, a local news station reported Tuesday.
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BARDA contracted to develop burn treatment

Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 @ 2:35pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday that it has contracted PolyNovo Ltd. of Australia to develop a burn treatment.
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HHS launches TRACIE system to improve disaster preparation

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 10:15am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the launch of the Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) system for first responders and other key emergency and disaster response personnel.
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FEMA sets dates for disaster preparedness course

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 5:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that two courses on situational awareness and common operating picture will be held in 2016 at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
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Avian flu reported in 21 Nigerian states

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 5:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Nigerian government announced Wednesday that avian influenza has been reported in 85 areas in 21 states with approximately 491 farmers affected by this outbreak.
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Pueblo officials complete repairs on explosive destruction system

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 6:19pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) announced last week that repairs have been completed on the explosive destruction system at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.
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West African countries share anthrax prevention efforts

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 6:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo held a sub-regional meeting on the epidemiology of anthrax in the area last week in Lome, Togo.
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FEMA announces open positions

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 @ 7:41pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced open positions on Thursday, including three insurance examiner vacancies and one financial management specialist vacancy.
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WHO releases update on Ebola status in West Africa

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 @ 3:28pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement Monday on a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus that took place over this past weekend. During the meeting, held via teleconference and electronic correspondence, representatives from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone presented an update on the epidemiological status of the outbreak. Liberia has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD) while active chains of EVD were reported in Guin
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6 more health care facilities named CDC Prevention Epicenters

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 @ 6:56pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday that six more health care centers across the U.S. have been named prevention epicenters.The newly named epicenters, which will be charged with developing and researching protective measures and countermeasures against emerging pathogens, are Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Emory University, University of Iowa, University of Utah and University of Maryland at Baltimore. 
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FEMA releases second edition of National Preparedness Goal

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:25pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a private sector advisory on Monday to announce the release of the National Preparedness Goal (NPG).
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FEMA accepts applications for two open positions

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:30pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened two positions on Monday, an emergency management specialist in response and an infrastructure branch director.
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FEMA fleet management position open to Louisiana Recovery Office staff

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 @ 12:43pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday that there is a fleet management position open in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to employees of the Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO).
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75 scrub typhus cases reported in Nepal

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 @ 10:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Dr. Sher Pun of the Clinical Research Unit of the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital reported on Tuesday that there have been 75 confirmed cases of scrub typhus in the country.
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