Center for Biologic Counterterrorism
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Craig Feied, MD, FACEP, FAAEM   Jon Handler, MD, FACEP   Michael Gillam, MD
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The Centers for Disease Control has established a Bioterrorism Program to ensure the rapid development of federal, state, and local capacity to address potential bioterrorism events. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control notifies clinicians of serious ongoing and emerging infectious disease threats. Weekly Epidemiological Record. Information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infection International Health Regulations. An international legal instrument that is binding on 194 countries across the globe, including all the Member States of WHO Clinicians Biosecurity Network. Update on Personal Protective Equipment
Is Congress About to Reduce Funding for Bioterrorism Vaccines?
In 2004, Congress passed the Project BioShield Act—a ten-year, $5.6 billion fund for purchasing vaccines to use in the event of a bioterrorist attack. But, faced with budget constraints and perceptions of a decreased terrorist threat, Congress is ...

MERS coronavirus: animal source or deliberate release?
The Conversation
But while a few infected people have had contact with camels, many have no known contact with camels or other animals; and some have no contact with infected humans or animals. The finding of the virus in camels does not exclude bioterrorism as a cause.

Health Highlights: July 24, 2014
U.S. News & World Report
According to the CDC, the potential exposure occurred between June 6 and 13 at the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology (BRRAT) Laboratory. Lab staff had been prepping anthrax samples for use in other CDC labs in Atlanta and ...

Ebola drugs still stuck in lab
Science Careers Blog (subscription)
Most research has been funded by the U.S. government in response to worries about biowarfare and bioterrorism. But that support hasn't been enough to bring a single product to the market. Feldmann's vaccine, for instance, consists of a livestock ...

BioCryst Bets on New Ebola Drug to Fight Bioterror, Outbreak Threats
The unfortunate few infected by Ebola learn quickly that the rare disease is a near-certain death sentence. Outbreaks have led to fatality rates up to 90 percent, according to the World Health Organization. Treatment options are limited: no approved ...

CDC lab director resigns after anthrax incident
(CNN) -- The head of the bioterrorism lab involved in potentially exposing dozens of workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deadly anthrax bacteria has resigned. Michael Farrell, who headed the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and ...

CDC lab head resigns after anthrax incident
The bioterrorism lab head involved in potentially exposing dozens of workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deadly anthrax bacteria has stepped down, CNN reported. According to CDC spokesman Tom Skinner, Michael Farrell, head of ...

CDC lab chief resigns after anthrax incident
WBAL Baltimore
Michael Farrell, who headed the Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, submitted his resignation Tuesday, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told CNN. He had been reassigned from his post last month, after the anthrax incident ...

Nation in Brief: July 24, 2014
Ames Tribune
The Atlanta-based CDC, one of the government's top health and research agencies, announced in June that there had been a problem at its main bioterrorism response lab and that dozens of workers could have been exposed to deadly toxins. An internal ...

Fort Detrick research leaders confident despite CDC safety breach
Frederick News Post (subscription)
“It starts with expectations, it starts with leadership,” the director, Pat Fitch, said Tuesday at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center. NBACC is the federal government's leading organization for forensic analysis of bioterrorism ...

Wonkbook — The latest risk in the migrant crisis: politics
Washington Post (blog)
Former team leader with embattled CDC bioterrorism lab resigns. Brady Dennis in The Washington Post. Dysfunctional Congress prepares to claim another victim: Veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Tim Mak in The Daily Beast. McARDLE: Why it'd be ...

News Wrap: First MH17 crash victims are returned to the Netherlands
PBS NewsHour
He'd already been reassigned from a CDC facility in Atlanta that handles bioterrorism agents. Last month, that lab accidentally sent anthrax samples that were still alive to two other labs. Dozens of CDC workers were potentially exposed, but no one got ...

NEW - Reforming Congressional Oversight of DHS Still Priority One, 9/11 ...
HSToday (blog)
Congressional oversight of homeland security received a particularly harsh rebuke by a new report by members of the now decade-old 9/11 Commission who were reconvened by the Bipartisan Policy Center and Annenberg Public Policy Center of the ...

New state public health lab set to open in fall
Baltimore Sun
The state lab responsible for confirming and tracking epidemics of dangerous pathogens, infectious diseases and bioterrorism agents will move this fall from a facility dating to the Nixon administration to a new one that is the latest addition to a ...

CDC prescription: Their Take
Orlando Sentinel
The recent safety lapses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might have been chalked up to the sloppy work habits of a few employees, easily resolved, if it weren't for the revelation last week that there has in fact been a systemic ...

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