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Molecular map shows how to disable dangerous bioweapon
(Duke University) Duke scientists recently mapped out the complex molecular circuitry that enables Francisella tularensis, the bacterium that causes tularemia, to become virulent. Tularemia is one of the top six bioterrorism agents, alongside anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox and viral hemorrhagic fever. The new map, published in the journal Genes& Development, reveals a unique characteristic of the bacterium that could become the target of future drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NJIT graduate student wins kudos for her research on a potent counterterrorism tool
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) At a meeting held by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to review ongoing research on materials capable of defeating or disabling weapons such as anthrax, Chintersingh-Dinnall won the poster competition for her work in the lab adding iron to boron by a method called ball-milling to accelerate its combustion. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 5, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Decontamination of Subway Infrastructure Materials Contaminated with Biological Spores Using Methyl Bromide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 08/2017 This 54-page report provides the results of an assessment to determine the decontamination efficacy of methyl bromide fumigant in inactivating Bacillus anthracis (B.a., the causative agent for anthrax) spores on materials typically found in subway system infrastructure. To facilitate future decontamination employing methyl bromide in a subway environment, this investigation focused on finding efficacious conditions when using methyl bromide at temperatures that may be encountered in an underground s...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Effectiveness of Disinfecting and Sporicidal Wipes Against Bacillus Atrophaeus, a Bacillus Anthracis Surrogate
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 08/2017 This seven-page technical brief summarizes published research that considered the use of disinfecting and sporicidal wipes for decontamination of surfaces following a B. anthracis release. It facilitates in the transfer of information to the end users (incident commanders and remediation personnel). Disinfecting and sporicidal wipes are frequently used in healthcare settings; they are appealing because they are readily available and easy to use. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disast...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthrax: Collecting, Preparing, and Shipping Serum Samples to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for Serology Testing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 01/30/2017 This Web page discusses anthrax testing, and details four steps for Collecting Blood for Serum, Separating the Serum, Packaging the Specimen for Submission to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Labeling the Package for Shipment. An acute serum sample for lethal factor (LF) toxin testing can be collected from 0 to 18 days after suspected exposure or the onset of symptoms. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Subway Railcar Decontamination with Methyl Bromide
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 03/15/2017 This 83-page report describes a study that was designed to evaluate the operational aspects and the efficacy of methyl bromide for decontaminating Bacillus anthracis (Ba), using non ‐pathogenic Ba Sterne strain spores, on a full‐scale subway railcar. The report discusses the study materials and methods, details the results of the fumigation study, and provides conclusions and recommendations based on the study findings. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Review of Biological Agent Sampling Methods and Application to a Wide-Area Incident Scenario to Characterize Time and Resource Demands
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 08/2017 This 70-page report describes a study to evaluate current sampling and analytical capabilities, from a time and resource perspective, for a large-scale biological contamination incident. The study reviewed available facts and information related to historical wide-area biological contamination incidents; and conducted a literature review to assess the current state of knowledge regarding current sampling methods that may be used for characterization sampling following a wide-area biological incident...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthrax cousin wreaks havoc in the rainforest
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - August 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Ecology, Epidemiology In Depth Source Type: news

Fogging of Chlorine-Based Sporicidal Liquids for the Inactivation of Bacillus Anthracis Surrogate Spores
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 07/2017 This 69-page document reports on an investigation to determine the sporicidal efficacy of a fogging technology using chlorine-based sporicidal liquids for inactivating bacterial spores (Bacillus [B.] atrophaeus, a surrogate for B. anthracis) in an office or indoor environment. The use of fogging technology to disseminate sporicidal solutions via microscopic droplets has the potential to be a less arduous, more economical volumetric decontamination alternative to fumigation. (PDF) (Source: Disaster L...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Operational Testing of Floor Cleaning Cloths for Household Remediation Following a Large-Scale Biological Contamination Incident
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 06/2017 This 45-page study evaluated the Swiffer ® Sweeper® floor mop system as a low-tech method to clean indoor residential floors contaminated with B. anthracis spores, the causative agent of anthrax. Two types of flooring surfaces, vinyl and laminate, were contaminated with B. atrophaeus spores, used as a surrogate for B. anthracis spores. T hree replicate tests were performed on a total of six test combinations consisting of the dry sweeping, wet mopping, and dry sweeping followed by wet moppin...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthrax: A hidden threat to wildlife in the tropics
(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) Researchers illuminate the epidemiology of a cryptic pathogen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 2, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Extended Medical Countermeasure Distribution and Dispensing Considerations for Anthrax Incidents (July 2017)
This document outlines key topics, relevant resources, and current promising practices state and local MCM planners should consider when creating and implementing plans to transition emergency mass dispensing operations from the initial 10-day antibiotic distribution and dispensing effort to distributing and dispensing extended post-exposure prophylactic MCMs. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions acquires GlaxoSmithKline anthrax drug for $96 million
Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions has been on a bit of a buying spree lately. On Wednesday, the company announced it would acquire a drug for treating inhaled anthrax from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in an all-cash deal worth up to $96 million. The deal came less than a week after Emergent (NYSE: EBS) announced it would buy French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi's sma llpox vaccine business in an all-cash deal worth up to $125 million. "People have been waiting for acquisitions from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions acquires GlaxoSmithKline anthrax drug for $96 million
Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions has been on a bit of a buying spree lately. On Wednesday, the company announced it would acquire a drug for treating inhaled anthrax from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in an all-cash deal worth up to $96 million. The deal came less than a week after Emergent (NYSE: EBS) announced it would buy French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi's sma llpox vaccine business in an all-cash deal worth up to $125 million. "People have been waiting for acquisitions from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Extended Medical Countermeasure Distribution and Dispensing Considerations for Anthrax Incidents
National Association of County and City Health Officials. 05/2017 This 52-page document outlines key topics, relevant resources, and current promising practices that state and local medical countermeasures (MCM) planners should consider when creating and implementing plans to transition emergency mass dispensing operations from the initial 10-day antibiotic distribution and dispensing effort to distributing and dispensing extended post-exposure prophylactic MCMs. It covers a range of distribution and dispensing topics, including maintaining essential functions, inventory management, tracking adverse events, and activation ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Three-Zone Biosecurity Offers New Hope to Indonesian Farmers
James McGrane, FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader, at his office in Jakarta. Credit: Kanis Dursin/IPSBy Kanis DursinJAKARTA, Indonesia, Jul 10 2017 (IPS)Poultry farmer Bambang Sutrisno Setiawan had long heard about biosecurity but never gave serious thought to it, even when the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 forced him to cull thousands of his layer chickens in 2003 and 2009.Eighteen years into the business, however, Bambang, who is called Ilung by friends, is now converting his second farm into a three-zone biosecurity poultry with a strong conviction that it is the only way to save his business amid continued threat...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kanis Dursin Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Projects avian flu biosafety Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Improving the lives of rural populations: better nutrition & agricultu Source Type: news

26 key bioterrorism jobs the Trump administration has not yet filled
Biological threats pose some of the gravest health risks in our increasingly interconnected world. They can be naturally occurring, such as outbreaks of Ebola infections, or bioterrorism, such as the anthrax attacks in 2001. A study reported this week renews worries about human-made biological agents. Scientists synthesized an extinct horsepox virus closely related to smallpox, the deadliest microbe in human […]Related:Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC directorDeaths from cancer higher in rural America, CDC findsHer newborn kept getting sick because she was ingest...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recommended Specimens for Microbiology and Pathology for Diagnosis of Anthrax
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 01/30/2017 This Web page discusses cutaneous, gastrointestinal, inhalation, injection, and meningeal anthrax that can be diagnosed using a combination of microbiology and pathology testing methods. It makes recommendations about specimens that should be collected for any patient with symptoms compatible with anthrax, with or without a confirmed epidemiological link to a known or high risk exposure. It discusses recommended specimens by clinical presentation, and recommended specimens by specimen type. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

PBL Gains Approval to Advance Next Generation Anthrax Vaccine
Porton Biopharma Ltd (PBL) has announced that it has signed a modification to its contract with the US National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to advance a next generation intra-nasal anthrax vacci … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - June 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed Emergent BioSolutions) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 5, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Kenya: Here's How to Prevent Another Anthrax Outbreak in Kenya
[The Conversation Africa] Meat lovers in Thika, north east of Nairobi, are worried. In just one week, eight licensed people who load meat for sale into vans were hospitalised with symptoms similar to anthrax. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Is Anthrax
? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - May 26, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Kenya: Anthrax Patients Discharged From Thika Hospital
[Nation] Seven out of the eight patients who were last week admitted at Thika Level Five hospital bearing symptoms of anthrax have been discharged from the hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Anthrax Outbreak Confirmed in Makongeni,Thika
[Nation] Thika -A slaughterhouse in Makongeni, Thika has been shut down after six people were admitted at Thika level 5 Hospital following an anthrax outbreak suspected to have emanated from the abattoir. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again
The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.  Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes in the melting permafrost of Siberia. One such virus, 30,000 years old, was still ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again
The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.  Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes in the melting permafrost of Siberia. One such virus, 30,000 years old, was still ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Extending Expiration Dates of Doxycycline Tablets and Capsules in Strategic Stockpiles: Draft Guidance for Government Public Health and Emergency Response Stakeholders
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 04/2017 This 22-page document provides guidance to government stakeholders on testing to extend the shelf life (i.e., expiration date) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Act of stockpiled doxycycline tablets and capsules for public health emergency preparedness and response purposes for an anthrax emergency. It applies to both doxycycline monohydrate and doxycycline hyclate tablets and capsules equivalent to 50 mg and 100 mg of doxycycline that are indicated for post-exposure prophylaxis or treatment of inhalational anthrax. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

GlaxoSmithKline announces $139 million investment in Rockville
British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC (NYSE: GSK) is investing $139 million to expand its Rockville manufacturing site, saying it needs extra capacity there to meet anticipated demand for its lupus drug. Already, the Rockville location manufactures a drug substance in bulk for Benlysta as an intravenous formulation. That substance is also used to make GSK's asthma drug Nucala and its drug for inhaled anthrax called raxibacumab. But now, GSK is hoping to boost that bulk production by about 50 perce nt. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

80-year-old'viable' anthrax strain debunked using advanced genomic sequencing
A strain of anthrax-causing bacterium thought to have been viable 80 years after a thwarted World War I espionage attack, was, in reality, a much younger standard laboratory strain, a team of international researchers has found. The team speculates that the mix-up was due to commonplace laboratory contamination. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Villagers Contract Suspected Anthrax After Eating Dead Hippos
[News24Wire] Nine villagers from northern Zimbabwe have contracted suspected anthrax after eating the meat of dead hippos, the state broadcaster is reporting. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Anthrax Outbreak Hits Binga
[The Herald] Nine people from Binga District, Matabeleland North, are being treated for anthrax after consuming meat from infected hippos that died a fortnight ago. Anthrax is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by bacteria that normally affects animals, especially ruminants. Speaking to The Herald yesterday, Matabeleland North provincial medical director Dr Nyasha Masuka said the nine, who included three children, were among 58 others whom health workers were following up for possible infection. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Anthrax Cases Linked to Use of Vintage Shaving Brushes
Renewed interest in vintage and animal - hair shaving brushes may pose new risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 18, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Dermatology, Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Anthrax spores use RNA coat to mislead immune system
(Rockefeller University Press) Researchers from Harvard Medical School have discovered that the body's immune system initially detects the presence of anthrax spores by recognizing RNA molecules that coat the spores' surface. But this prompts an unfavorable immune response that hinders the body's fight against anthrax once the spores have germinated into live bacteria, according to the study 'TLR sensing of bacterial spore-associated RNA triggers host immune responses with detrimental effects,' which will be published April 11 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 11, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Modeling Tool for Decision Support During an Anthrax Event Modeling Tool for Decision Support During an Anthrax Event
The authors describe a modeling tool to assist in making response decisions during an anthrax event.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Emergent signs $100m BARDA contract to deliver BioThrax
US-based Emergent BioSolutions has signed a $100m contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to deliver BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - March 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions gets $100 million anthrax contract from feds
Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions Inc. won another lucrative anthrax contract from the feds, this time totaling $100 million over two years. Emergent (NYSE: EBS) received the contract through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to add more of its anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, to the country's national stockpile. The company first announced the planned purchase in December, along with another Centers for Disease Cont rol and Prevention contract worth up to $911 million for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Tanzania: 36 People Infected With Anthrax in Tanzania After Eating Cow
[Premium Times] At least 36 residents of Tanzania's Northern District of Hai have contracted anthrax, an infection caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, after eating the carcass of a cow, authorities said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Terumo ’ s MicroVention touts low adverse composite outcomes in HydroCoil study
Terumo Corp. (TYO:4543) subsidiary MicroVention today released results from a study of its HydroCoil embolic system, touting that the trial met its primary and secondary endpoints and showed low adverse composite outcomes. The 513-patient prospective, randomized, controlled trial aimed to explore the use of the HydroCoil embolic system for treating endovascular aneurysms compared to bare platinum coils, the Tustin, Calif.-based company said. “The results of the Great randomized trial demonstrate the efficacy of aneurysm treatment using our hydrogel coils and are aligned with the results of other clinical st...
Source: Mass Device - March 7, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Vascular MicroVention-Terumo Inc. Source Type: news

Interim-Planning Guidance for the Handling of Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance
U.S. Department of Transportation. 01/19/2017 This 82-page document provides federal guidance for the safe handling of solid waste contaminated with a Category A infectious substance and the proper management of inactivated Category A waste materials in the United States. An infectious substance meets Category A criteria if it is in a form capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals upon exposure to the substance (such as Ebola virus, Yersinia pestis, or Bacillus anthracis). (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Medical allocations to persons with special needs during a bioterrorism event - Brannen DE, Branum M, Pawani S, Miller S, Bowman J, Clare T.
After the bioterrorism-anthrax attacks of 2001, public health officials were tasked with planning population-wide medicine dispensing. This planning started with assumptions and then evaluations of seasonal immunization clinics. Research on the 2009 H1N1 p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

U.S. CDC labs close over concerns about air hose safety issues
(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed down its highest security biosafety laboratories after discovering that hoses that supply air to scientists wearing special protective suits were never approved for that use, the agency said on Friday. “We have no evidence that anybody has suffered ill health effects from breathing air that came through these hoses,” Stephan Monroe, associate director for laboratory science and safety at the CDC, told Reuters. Monroe said he was confident scientists were not exposed to pathogens because the air they breathed passed through HEPA fil...
Source: Mass Device - February 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Sterilization / Calibration Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Source Type: news

Bioforensics: DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Needs to Conduct a Formal Capability Gap Analysis to Better Identify and Address Gaps
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 01/11/2017 This 64-page report examines actions, if any, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have taken to enhance their ability to attribute the source of a biological attack, and to identify any challenges to enhancing bioforensics capabilities. The ability to attribute the source of an intentionally released biological threat agent and quickly apprehend and prosecute the perpetrator is essential to the nation's safety. Questions remain about whether DHS's and the FBI's capabilities have improved since the 2001 anthrax attack. (PDF) (S...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Meet Anne Schuchat, The Pro-Vaccine Researcher Who Just Took Over The CDC
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Summary of Findings and Recommendations of the Federal Security Advisory Panel on the Biennial Review of the Select Agents and Toxins List
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 07/2016 This 15-page report summarizes the Federal Security Advisory Panel's charge to provide policy and technical input for the biennial review of the Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) list. The panel considered technical and policy factors related to C. burnetii (a bacterium that causes Q fever); R. prowazekii (a bacterium that causes epidemic typhus); B. anthracis Pasteur strain (an attenuated strain of the anthrax bacterium); B. abortus (a bacterium that causes brucellosis); B. melitensis (a bacteriu...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Two of region's anthrax-fighting companies announce merger
Gaithersburg-based immunotherapy company Altimmune Inc. is merging with Annapolis biodefense company PharmAthene Inc. to create a new immunotherapy firm focused on infectious diseases such as anthrax. The merger announced Thursday is an all-stock transaction unanimously approved by both companies' boards. Under the terms, Altimmune will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PharmAthene (NYSE MKT: PIP). Altimmune equity holders will own 58.2 percent of the fully diluted equity of the combined com pany.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 20, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Porton Biopharma (PBL) Brochure
Porton Biopharma (PBL) manufactures the UK's licensed anthrax vaccine for and on behalf of the UK Government. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - January 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for January 6, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Boston Scientific gives a lift to new erectile dysfunction device Want to put some lead in your pencil? Try nitinol instead. The wonder metal—a nickel-titanium alloy with heat-activated shape memory—has proved essen...
Source: Mass Device - January 6, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Terumo, Xenex ink Japanese distro deal for LightStrike room disinfection robot
Terumo Corp. (TYO:4543) said today it inked a Japanese distribution deal with Xenex to distribute its Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots in the region. The LightStrike device is designed to use pulsed xenon ultraviolet room disinfection technology to remove pathogens such as C. diff, staphylococcus aureus and carbapenem-resistent Enterobacteriaceae, Terumo said. The Xenex LightStrike device has also been shown to be effective against Ebola and Anthrax, the company added. “We have carefully analyzed the room disinfection industry and evaluated the various technologies that are being used to combat HAIs. I...
Source: Mass Device - January 5, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Robotics Sterilization / Calibration Terumo Xenex Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Compliance with Postexposure Prophylaxis for Exposure to Bacillus anthracis Among U.S. Military Personnel — South Korea, May 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 5, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Our news predictions for 2017
Climate change continues to impact on public health Despite what many commenters have said in 2016, climate change is real and is ongoing. That's the thing about science. Just because you don't believe in it, it doesn't go away. In 2016 we have seen evidence of the impact of climate change in a number of different ways. There was an anthrax outbreak in northern Russia as warm weather caused the release of previously frozen deadly anthrax spores. And many experts think that the spread of the Zika virus across much of the Americas was made possible, in part, by changes in temperature that created environments in which the ...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Special reports Source Type: news