FDA Issues Final Guidance on Inhalational Anthrax
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 -- Final guidance has been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist in the development of drugs for the prevention of inhalational anthrax for individuals who may have been exposed but who have not yet... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Anthrax: Developing Drugs for Prophylaxis of Inhalational Anthrax; Guidance for Industry
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 05/2018 The purpose of this 16-page guidance is to assist sponsors in the development of drugs for the indication of prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax in persons who have or may have inhaled aerosolized Bacillus anthracis spores but who have not yet manifested clinical evidence of disease. The indication also applies to persons with anticipated exposure to B. anthracis spores (e.g., first responders for anthrax incidents); in such cases, initiation of antibacterial therapy would begin immediately before entering the B. anthracis-contaminated environment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

UCLA-led research finds vaccines against anthrax, plague and tularemia are effective in mice
Anthrax, plague and tularemia are three potent agents terrorists would be likely to use in an attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each is highly and quickly lethal to humans. But there are no licensed vaccines for tularemia and plague, and although there is an anthrax vaccine, it requires a burdensome immunization schedule and has severe side effects.Now, a UCLA-led group of researchers may have found a solution that, if found to be safe and effective in humans, could protect people from all three bacteria. The team used molecular engineering to develop vaccines against each that use a comm...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 10, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015: Anthrax
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 04/27/2018 This four-page report is based on data for 2015 retrieved from the European Surveillance System (TESSy). In 2015, nine anthrax cases were reported by three European Union/European Economic Area countries. Four of these cases were confirmed; the remaining 27 reporting countries notified zero cases. The report discusses methods, epidemiology, threats description for 2015, and public health implications. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthrax Assist: Modeling Tool for Planning and Decision Support During Early Days of an Anthrax Event
International Society for Disease Surveillance. 04/24/2018 This one-hour, four-minute webinar discusses Anthrax Assist, a tool that provides public health practitioners with scenario- and jurisdiction-specific information for developing quantitative response plans and decision-making in an unfolding anthrax event. The speaker demonstrates the tool using a realistic illustrative scenario in which the consequences of various intervention choices are examined. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Uganda:19 Infected As Anthrax Hits Arua
[Monitor] Arua -Nineteen people have so far been infected following the outbreak of the deadly anthrax in Arua District. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Biothreat Preparedness Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Bacillus Anthracis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 10/27/2017 This course provides clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of anthrax. It discusses how to describe laboratory tests for presumptive identification of B. anthracis, how to use the sentinel laboratory protocols to rule out or refer specimens, and the role of the Laboratory Response Network sentinel laboratory in detection of B. anthracis. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions to enter 5 new countries with anthrax vaccine
The Gaithersburg-based biotech just received approval to introduce its anthrax vaccine in five European countries, a move that brings the possibility of a new and important revenue stream. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions to enter 5 new countries with anthrax vaccine
The Gaithersburg-based biotech just received approval to introduce its anthrax vaccine in five European countries, a move that brings the possibility of a new and important revenue stream. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions to enter 5 new countries with anthrax vaccine
The Gaithersburg-based biotech just received approval to introduce its anthrax vaccine in five European countries, a move that brings the possibility of a new and important revenue stream. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Uganda:Anthrax Outbreak At South Sudanese Refugee Camp in Uganda
[East African] A South Sudanese refugee has died from anthrax at a refugee camp in northwestern Uganda, a local official said on Friday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Standard Case Definition of Priority Diseases/Conditions in Nigeria
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. 08/2017 This 14-page document provides a table of diseases and conditions in Nigeria, and standard case definitions for suspected cases. Diseases and conditions include anthrax, cholera, dengue fever, Lassa fever, SARS, and yellow fever. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Safety blunders expose lab staff to potentially lethal diseases in UK
Exclusive: breaches investigated involve dengue virus, anthrax and other deadly pathogensSafety breaches at UK labs that handle harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi have spread infections to staff and exposed others to potentially lethal diseases, the Guardian has learned.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has investigated a series of mistakes over the past two years that led to scientists falling ill at specialist labs run by hospitals, private companies, and even Public Health England (PHE), the government agency which exists to protect and improve the nation ’s health and wellbeing.Continue reading... (Source: G...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Infectious diseases Science Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

You Asked: Is It Bad for You to Read the News Constantly?
A recent survey from the American Psychological Association found that, for many Americans, “news consumption has a downside.” More than half of Americans say the news causes them stress, and many report feeling anxiety, fatigue or sleep loss as a result, the survey shows. Yet one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and fully 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media feeds—which often exposes them to the latest news headlines, whether they like it or not. Of course, many people feel it’s important to stay informed. And it’s understandable that news you...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Research Source Type: news

Center for Domestic Preparedness to Resume Live-Agent Training
ANNISTON, Ala. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) announced today that the Center will resume using nerve agents and biologicals in some of its hazardous materials training courses on Jan. 11.  In late 2016, the CDP suspended the use of the nerve agents GB and VX, and biologicals ricin and anthrax after it was discovered the Center’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological training facility (COBRATF) had received, via third party vendor, and had been using a more toxic version of ricin in training than what CDP had ordered.  Since then, th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Center for Domestic Preparedness Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Is North Korea preparing for a devastating Anthrax attack on South Korea?
(Natural News) A soldier who defected from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the communist regime’s southern neighbor has been identified as having total immunity to anthrax, possibly suggesting that North Korea could be planning to utilize the deadly bacteria in an upcoming chemical weapons attack. According to reports, the unidentified individual had to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protocol for Detection of Bacillus Anthracis in Environmental Samples During the Remediation Phase of an Anthrax Event: Second Edition
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 07/2017 This 104-page document is a second edition of the first ever detailed and step-by-step protocol published by EPA in 2012. This protocol includes three analytical methods for the detection of B. anthracis spores in various environmental samples (e.g., aerosols, particulates, and drinking water). The protocol has been specifically developed for the analysis of environmental samples during an incident involving contamination from B. anthracis spores. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Decontamination Options for Sensitive Equipment in Critical Infrastructure Following a Bacillus Anthracis Incident
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 12/2017 This seven-page technical brief provides decision-makers with practical information on decontamination methods that could be used to restore critical infrastructure during a response to a release of Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax. It reviews fumigation technologies that have been shown to decontaminate sensitive equipment contaminated with B. anthracis or surrogate spores, and provides an overview of the on- and off-site decontamination processes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Evaluation of Commercially-Available Equipment for the Decontamination of Bacillus Anthracis Spores in an Urban Subway System
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 08/2017 This 71-page report is part of an effort to improve the capability for transit systems to quickly and efficiently recover from a biological contamination incident by refining existing methods, tools, and protocols for characterization, cleanup, and clearance of contamination in physical structures (tunnels, stations) and rolling stock (subway trains). It summarizes a survey of commercially-available or fielded equipment that resulted in three pieces of identified equipment that could be used or rapi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Processing Protocol for Soil Samples Potentially Contaminated With Bacillus Anthracis Spores
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Homeland Security Research Center. 02/2017 This 28-page protocol describes the processing steps for 45g and 9g soil samples potentially contaminated with Bacillus anthracis spores. The protocol is designed to separate and concentrate the spores from bulk soil down to a pellet that can be used for further analysis. Soil extraction solution and mechanical shaking are used to disrupt soil particle aggregates and to aid in the separation of spores from soil particles. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Anthrax may wipe out chimpanzees; it is a widespread and persistent cause of death for rainforest mammals
(Natural News) Anthrax is an infection in animals seen in the skin, lungs, and intestines. It is caused by the bacteria called Bacillus anthracis, and it can affect humans. While anthrax is more commonly reported in arid climates, recent studies show that tropical rainforest outbreaks may have severe consequences for local wildlife. Data and samples... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overview of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Draft Guidance on Extending Expiration Dates of Doxycycline Tablets and Capsules in Strategic Stockpiles
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 09/20/2017 This 57-minute webinar provides stakeholders an overview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's April 2017 draft guidance for government stakeholders on laboratory testing that can be conducted to extend the expiration dating of their stockpiled doxycycline tablets and capsules for anthrax emergency preparedness. It describes the doxycycline products to which the draft guidance applies, and the recommended protocol for testing. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. Needs to Improve Oversight of Labs Handling Dangerous Pathogens - Report U.S. Needs to Improve Oversight of Labs Handling Dangerous Pathogens - Report
A year-long audit of the program overseeing U.S. labs that handle lethal pathogens such as Ebola and anthrax found overworked safety inspectors, an absence of independent review and weak biosafety protections that could expose lab workers and the public to harm, a government report will say on October 31.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

U.S. Labs Handling Lethal Pathogens Had Shocking Lapses In Security
Ricin, anthrax and smallpox were all improperly handled or stored. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia:Shifeta Tours Bwabwata As 131 Hippo Carcases Are Disposed
[New Era] Bwabwata -Environment minister, Pohamba Shifeta, last week visited the anthrax-affected areas in the Bwabwata National Park in Kavango East Region to assess the situation on the ground. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 31, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: U.S. needs to improve oversight of labs handling dangerous pathogens - report
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A year-long audit of the program overseeing U.S. labs that handle lethal pathogens such as Ebola and anthrax found overworked safety inspectors, an absence of independent review and weak biosafety protections that could expose lab workers and the public to harm, a government report will say on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Namibia:724 People Get Anthrax Treatment
[Namibian] AT least 724 people are receiving treatment against the anthrax which killed 117 hippos and seven buffaloes two weeks ago in the Kavango East region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia:724 People Get Preventative Anthrax Treatment
[New Era] Seven hundred and twenty four people are receiving prophylaxis treatment against the anthrax, which killed 117 hippos and seven buffaloes two weeks ago in Kavango East Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical Terrorists at Large! NMA panel suggests no American has the right to refuse experimental vaccinations and children must be held down by police while injected
(Natural News) Are you ready for your front door to be kicked in by a CDC swat team and your children to be held down at gunpoint while being injected with the latest experimental vaccines for anthrax, zika, ebola, HPV, measles, chicken pox, swine flu, influenza, and whatever else they think up this year? The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment of the Decontamination of Soil Contaminated with Bacillus Anthracis Spores Using Chlorine Dioxide Gas, Methyl Bromide, or Activated Sodium Persulfate
The objective of this study was to provide an understanding of the performance (i.e., efficacy) of these decontamination technologies under a range of environmental conditions. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pair of discoveries illuminate new paths to flu and anthrax treatments
(University of California - San Diego) Two recent studies led by biologists at the University of California San Diego have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. Published in PLOS Pathogens, the studies from Professor Ethan Bier's laboratory used a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body's defenses, and possible treatments already developed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 17, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Namibia: Slow Start to Disposing of Hippo Carcasses
[Namibian] THE ministry of environment appears to be overwhelmed by the large number of hippos that died of suspected anthrax in the Bwabwata National Park. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia:Slow Start to Disposing of Hippo Carcasses
[Namibian] THE ministry of environment appears to be overwhelmed by the large number of hippos that died of suspected anthrax in the Bwabwata National Park. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Botswana finds anthrax outbreak after spate of hippo deaths
GABORONE (Reuters) - Anthrax has been detected in dead hippos floating in the Okavango River, officials in Botswana said on Wednesday, after more than 100 of the animals were suspected to have been killed by the disease in neighboring Namibia. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cleaning up subways: Sandia's 20-year mission to stop anthrax in its tracks
(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia National Laboratories engineer Mark Tucker has spent much of the past 20 years thinking about incidents involving chemical or biological warfare agents, and the best ways to clean them up. Tucker's current project focuses on cleaning up a subway system after the release of a biological warfare agent such as anthrax. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 18, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

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