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  • NACCHO releases report on syndromic surveillance systems

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am

    NACCHO releases report on syndromic surveillance systems The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently released the findings of an ad hoc workgroup convened to study how local health departments can better integrate syndromic surveillance systems into their operations. While the group said additional … Read More »

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  • Study investigates 2009 Scottish injectional anthrax outbreak

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am

    Study investigates 2009 Scottish injectional anthrax outbreak A recently released study conducted by experts in the U.S. and the United Kingdom examined a 2009 outbreak of B. anthracis, also known as injectional anthrax, in Scotland. The study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, found that the outbreak among … Read More »

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  • Date set for Wisconsin’s 48th annual emergency management conference

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am

    Date set for Wisconsin’s 48th annual emergency management conference The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management announced on Saturday that the 48th annual Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security will take place on March 11-12. The conference, which will be held at the Hilton … Read More »

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  • Scientists develop effective Marburg virus treatment

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am

    Scientists develop effective Marburg virus treatment Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced on Wednesday the development of an effective treatment against lethal Marburg virus in nonhuman primates. The researchers found that the treatment completely protected nonhuman primates against … Read More »

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  • CDC completes personal preparedness program pilot

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am

    CDC completes personal preparedness program pilot The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed a pilot program to increase personal preparedness as part of its workforce culture. The results of the Ready CDC initiative are currently being evaluated for measurable improvements in recommended personal preparedness … Read More »

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  • Study investigates 2010 Bhutanese anthrax outbreak

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am

    Study investigates 2010 Bhutanese anthrax outbreak A recently released study on an anthrax outbreak in Bhutan said that comprehensive preparedness and response guidelines are needed to increase public awareness of the disease in that country. The study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, investigated a Bhutanese outbreak … Read More »

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  • PositiveID ships M-BAND to Korean Peninsula for testing

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am

    PositiveID ships M-BAND to Korean Peninsula for testing PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection systems developer, announced on Wednesday that one of its detection systems has been sent to the Korean Peninsula for testing to protect the U.S. military. The company’s Microfluidic-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) was sent … Read More »

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  • Aeolus files IND with FDA for radiation countermeasure

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am

    Aeolus files IND with FDA for radiation countermeasure Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it filed an investigational new drug application (IND) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enable a Phase I study of its radiation countermeasure. AEOL 10150, a broad-spectrum catalytic antioxidant, is designed … Read More »

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  • U.N. Conference on Disarmament members give statements in Geneva

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am

    U.N. Conference on Disarmament members give statements in Geneva Dato Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, the president of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, joined representatives from eight countries in delivering statements on Tuesday in Geneva. Muhammad said that his priority as president will be to finalize a report from … Read More »

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  • Army releases new smallpox vaccination brochure

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am

    Army releases new smallpox vaccination brochure The U.S. Army recently released an updated trifold brochure with information regarding smallpox vaccinations. The new brochure includes a variety of updates for service members, including on mandatory smallpox vaccination for any personnel visiting the Korean peninsula 15 or more … Read More »

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  • WHO provides update on Ebola virus outbreak

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am

    WHO provides update on Ebola virus outbreak The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that there were 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) between August 14-16 and 84 deaths in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea. The reported cases included laboratory-confirmed, suspect and probable cases. … Read More »

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  • Emergent BioSolutions signs license agreement with MorphoSys

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am

    Emergent BioSolutions signs license agreement with MorphoSys Emergent BioSolutions, a biopharmaceutical company that develops products to address emerging health threats, announced a license agreement on Tuesday to co-develop a prostate cancer antibody with MorphoSys AG. Emergent, the developer of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax, will jointly develop and … Read More »

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  • Obama praises destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am

    Obama praises destruction of Syrian chemical weapons President Barack Obama on Monday hailed the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons by the M/V Cape Ray. Obama praised the U.S. civilian and military professionals who completed the task weeks ahead of schedule. “This is a major milestone in the … Read More »

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  • FEMA launches Spanish-language app

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am

    FEMA launches Spanish-language app The Federal Emergency Management Agency launched its first Spanish-language app on Monday designed to help individuals in the event of a disaster. The app provides preparedness tips, locations of nearby shelters and information on what to include in an emergency … Read More »

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  • Smiths Detection scanner receives ECAC regulatory approval

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am

    Smiths Detection scanner receives ECAC regulatory approval Smiths Detection, a security solutions company, announced on Monday that its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System achieved an approval milestone with the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). XCT was the first hold baggage screener to gain ECAC Standard 3 … Read More »

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