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  • U.S. says diseases like Ebola should be viewed as security threats

    09/28/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 27, 2014 | David Morgan (Reuters)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration urged the international community Friday to view outbreaks of Ebola, MERS and other deadly diseases as global security threats that require broad and rapid responses to protect the safety of populations and economies. Top U.S. officials from the White House, Pentagon and State Department met with representatives from 44 countries and multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World Bank, to call for implementation of 7-year-old global standards for dealing with deadly epidemics and other health dangers, including biological attacks. President Barack Obama, who this week urged members of the United Nations to do...
  • Report: Captured ISIS Laptop Contains Bubonic Plague, WMD Information

    08/29/2014 11:45:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    An Islamic State (IS) laptop captured by a "moderate Syrian rebel group" reportedly contains bubonic plague recipes and information on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Foreign Policy reports that Abu Ali, commander of the rebel group, found the laptop in January after his men closed on a building from which Islamic State militants fled. The laptop "contains a total of 35,347 files in 2,367 folders." These include "documents in French, English, and Arabic" and "videos of Osama bin Laden." There are instructions for jihad and stealing vehicles and for making bombs and disguises.
  • America has no strategy, but ISIS does: Biological terrorism

    08/29/2014 6:42:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The nature of the threat the Islamic State poses to the West is a subject of much debate. Some indicate that the group is planning to execute attacks in the West at its nearest opportunity, while others say that the organization has designs only on capturing and holding territory in its neighborhood – and that’s a range of confused opinions coming from former and current administration officials. While there is a robust debate over whether ISIS is planning to execute terrorist attacks against Western targets, there should be no debate that the origination is actively seeking the capability to...
  • Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug

    03/13/2013 2:44:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 12, 2013 | Donald G. McNeil Jr.
    The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying too much of the drug at too high a price. A small company, Siga Technologies, developed the drug in recent years. Whether the $463 million order is a boondoggle or a bargain depends on which expert is talking. The deal will transform the finances of...
  • In The Midst of Chaos

    09/13/2012 3:24:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    IMERT ^ | September 2012
    Bioterrorism and All Hazards Emergency Preparedness Illinois 9/14/2012 Region VII Hazards Emergency Preparedness Committee Presents In The Midst of Chaos Printable brochure
  • Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab (Biosafety Level 3 - Anthrax, Influenza, SARS ...)

    06/22/2012 2:59:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2012 | KATIE MOISSE
    Air Leak Sparks Safety Fears at CDC Bioterror Lab CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Lab has experienced repeated problems with airflow systems The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency charged with preventing the spread of infectious diseases has come under attack today for "serious" airflow problems in an Atlanta building that houses anthrax, SARS and monkeypox. Documents and emails obtained by USA Today suggest that a poorly engineered airflow system in the CDC's Building 18 could expose unprotected staff and visitors to dangerous airborne pathogens. "As the door closed a very noticeable puff of air could be felt...
  • "Well Lookie Here" [Occupy human waste 'bombs' found in Chicago - ignored by Enemedia & Rahmbots]

    05/02/2012 5:30:52 AM PDT · by tomkat · 89 replies
    Second City Cop ^ | Apr 29, 2012 | Second City Cop
    This photo is making the rounds: This is part or the whole of an extensive stash of bottles recovered in the 010th District the other day. All filled with human waste and no doubt whatever extra fecal matter the ne'er-do-wells were able to pick up on the parkways. Counts range from 100 to 500 bottles recovered depending on the rumor you believe. We're sure this isn't the only stash floating around out there. How about the Department try something novel and get the media to cover what the protestors and anarchists are planning and maybe get the public overwhelmingly on...
  • Bi-Partisan Panel Says U.S in Danger of BIOTERROR ATTACK Obama Doing Little to Protect

    01/26/2010 7:02:35 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 278+ views
    Almost immediately after the 2008 election the VP-Elect, our SCHMOTUS (schmo of the United States) sat down with a bi-partisan panel investigating the possibility of terrorists using WMDs against Americans on our home turf. They presented and Ominous prediction to the SHMOTUS, within the next four years there will be a nuclear or biological terrorist attack on US shores. The experts said that the danger of an attack grows every day. "Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the report, obtained by The Associated Press. It is scheduled to be publicly released Wednesday. The commission is also encouraging
  • Israelis Fighting Swine Flu With NUMB3RS !?!?

    07/17/2009 6:09:06 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 396+ views
    Israel 21C/The Lid ^ | 7/17/09 | The Lid
    In the TV Show NUMB3RS Charlie Eppes, a world-class mathematician, helps his FBI Agent brother solve many of his perplexing FBI cases through different mathematical formulas. NUMB3RS is coming to life, but in this case its not Crimes the world class mathematician is solving, but pandemics. The math whiz's at Tel Aviv University have developed a formula to predict that path of pandemics like the swine flu. This is important because it will direct authorities when to close mass transit, shut down and even how to distribute doctors and medicines. It wont prevent swine flu but it will predict the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico

    06/03/2009 1:44:25 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 877+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 6/4/09 | Sara Carter
    U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland. The video aired earlier this year as a recruitment tool makes clear that al Qaeda is looking to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and also is willing to ally itself with white militia groups or other anti-government entities interested in carrying out an attack inside the United States, according to counterterrorism officials interviewed by...
  • Al Qaeda Planning Bio-Terror Attack Via Mexico?

    06/03/2009 5:14:12 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 416+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 6/3/09 | The Lid
    Too many people on the liberal side of the fence argue that illegal immigration is a racial issue. They believe that those of us who want to secure the US boarders are inspired by racism, trying to keep out Hispanics. Last year's story of the Hezbollah Mole in the CIA case (Nada Nadim Prouty) and the terrorists targeting Army base after sneaking over the borders, highlight the reasons we want true immigration reform without amnesty, it is why we want the borders secured before anything else is done. It is more difficult to launch an attack when you can't get...
  • Pandemic Influenza as a Bioweapon

    04/27/2009 9:55:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,288+ views
    Recombinomics ^ | February 23, 2005
    "Anyone who is honest about this has to admit that if al Qaeda launches a spectacular biological attack which could cause contagious disease to be spread, no entity in the world is prepared for it," Noble said. "Not the U.S., not Europe, not Asia, not Africa." Since the WSN/33 situation in Korea provides some valuable insight into detection and reporting of bird or human flu, and wire services are carrying stories about biologic attacks by terrorists causing a contagious disease, it is worth reviewing some of the lessons learned from the swine WSN/33 infections. If pandemic flu is the contagious...
  • Influenza Potential as Bio Weapon: Pandemic Transmission - Raw Data

    04/26/2009 7:22:21 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 35 replies · 2,064+ views
    Greg's Blog on Terror ^ | April 26, 2007 | Greg C.
    Excerpt from CDC on transmission: "In contrast, the situation with a pandemic strain of influenza A (H5) would become only too clear because no one would have any degree of immunity against such a virus, vaccines would not be available for months, and these viruses would likely be highly virulent. Even though efficient human-to-human transmission of the A (H5N1) virus has not yet been observed (by any mode), transmission of influenza A (H5N1) by aerosols from geese to quails has been demonstrated in the laboratory." "In principle, influenza viruses can be transmitted by 3 routes: aerosols, large droplets, and direct...
  • Influenza as Bioweapon: Difficult to Counter

    04/25/2009 9:29:22 PM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 27 replies · 1,248+ views
    Greg's Blog on Terror | April 26, 2007 | Greg C.
    Although the CDC has not explained whether the current swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States is bioterrorism, influenza can be very readily manipulated and may be one of the best candidates for weaponization for several reasons: 1) Terrorists can prepare a vaccine to protect themselves and their host populations in advance of its release. 2) Influenza is airborne, it is transmitted through either solid or lipid aerosol, therefore it’s easy to spread. 3) There is a normal period of incubation during which time the carrier displays no symptoms, but can infect others. Therefore, dispersion is very efficient....
  • Al Qaeda hit by Black Death fear as medieval plague kills 40 terrorists at training camp

    01/19/2009 7:07:22 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 199 replies · 5,565+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 1/19/09 | DailyMailReporter
    Al Qaeda terrorists have been left fearing the Black Death plague after it wiped out at least 40 insurgents at an Algerian training camp, it was reported today. The horror disease, which killed 25 million people in medieval Europe, is understood to have been found in a militant’s body dumped at a roadside. Terror group AQLIM (al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb) was forced to turn its shelter in the Yakouren forests into mass graves and flee, it has been claimed. Now al Qaeda chiefs are said to fear the plague has been passed into other cells...
  • North Texas Should Be On Alert For Terrorism Experts Say

    12/09/2008 1:32:38 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 107 replies · 2,111+ views
    Another terrorist attack could hit the United States in the next five years — and North Texas could be a key target next time. By 2013, the U.S. “more likely than not” could be hit by another deadly attack, this time using something possibly like anthrax, according to the new report, World at Risk. And some fear that North Texas, with its population, sports and entertainment venues and businesses — not to mention the fact that President George W. Bush is moving back here after he leaves office in January — could be a target next time. “Everybody should be...
  • Kansas chosen for bioterror lab

    12/05/2008 4:38:50 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 540+ views ^ | 12/04/08 |
    WASHINGTON – The government has recommended a site in Kansas for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats such as anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease, officials said Wednesday.
  • Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

    10/31/2008 8:24:36 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 18 replies · 1,121+ views
    Sky News ^ | Oct. 31, 2008 | Mark White
    Nuclear and biological terrorism is the emerging threat the next US President should focus on, the US security chief has told Sky News. In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. But he warned: "It may be years away and we can't afford to waste this time waiting...
  • Bio-Weapons Testing Fears Fueled Over African Monkey Trade

    07/06/2008 10:26:50 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 10 replies · 505+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Sunday, July 06, 2008
    Hundreds of endangered African monkeys are being taken from their natural habitat and sold for scientific experiments, as well to a “secretive” biological laboratory in Iran, London's Sunday Times reported. Animal trader Nazir Manji, who has been exporting monkeys for 22 years, said Iran's Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute bought 215 vervet monkeys from him this year. The biological research institute, which has headquarters near Tehran, has been accused in the past by an Iranian opposition group of conducting biological weapons testing, it is reported, further fueling suspicions that the monkeys are being used for nefarious purposes.
  • ‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran

    07/06/2008 1:58:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 139+ views
    Times of London ^ | 07/06/08 | Daniel Foggo
    ‘Germ warfare’ fear over African monkeys taken to Iran Daniel Foggo Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a “secretive” laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments. An undercover inquiry by The Sunday Times has revealed that wild monkeys, which are banned from experiments in Britain, are being freely supplied in large numbers to laboratories in other parts of the world. All will undergo invasive and maybe painful experiments leading ultimately to their death. One Tanzanian dealer, Nazir Manji, who runs African Primates, an animal-supplying company based in Dar es Salaam, said that in...
  • Britain: Police baffled by horrific end of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez(200+ stabbings)

    07/03/2008 5:23:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 268+ views
    Times of London ^ | 07/04/08 | Adam Fresco, Fran Yeoman and Marcus Leroux
    Police baffled by horrific end of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez Students were bound, gagged and stabbed more than 200 times but the motive for attack is a mystery Adam Fresco, Fran Yeoman and Marcus Leroux As two talented biochemistry students and close friends, Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez had come to London to develop their skills as specialists in infectious disease and environmental engineering. Instead the two became the victims of an attack that, even by the standards of a city battling against the blight of knife crime, is among the most horrific in living memory. The bodies of...
  • SJSU suspends blood drives, citing FDA ban on donations by gay men

    01/31/2008 2:11:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 690+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/31/8 | Dana Hull
    In a move believed to be the first by a college campus in the nation, San Jose State University President Don Kassing has suspended all campus blood drives because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bars any man who has had sex with another man from donating blood. "The FDA's lifetime blood donor deferral affecting gay men violates our non-discrimination policy," said Kassing in an e-mail sent to faculty, staff and students. The suspension, which is effective immediately, applies to blood drives arranged by employees representing the university as well as blood drives organized by student groups. The FDA's ban...
  • Synthesizing Bioterror - Are mail order pandemics in your future? (Read comment# 1 please.)

    11/01/2007 11:38:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 193+ views
    Reason ^ | October 30, 2007 | Ronald Bailey
    Want to create a pathogen? Just download its gene sequence information from the Internet and place an order with a gene sequencing company. The genes arrive in the mail a couple of days later. Mix it in your basement lab and then release on an unprotected public. Is this nightmarish vision of mail-order bioterrorism really possible? Most experts agree that basement bioterrorism is unlikely right now. But rapid improvements in the technologies that allow researchers to generate genetic material starting from just information and raw chemicals could make such bioterror attacks possible in the next decade or so. The synthesis...
  • DNA Research With Terror Risk-Scientists Report Altering Bacterium To Make It More Infectious

    06/04/2007 9:41:14 PM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 01 June 2007 | Rick Weiss
    Researchers in Germany reported Thursday that they had altered the DNA of a disease-causing bacterium so that it can infect a species it cannot normally sicken. Experts called the development a double-edged advance. Although the research could deepen scientists' understanding of human diseases, it also could speed development of novel bioterror agents. The change in infectiousness - the first of its kind ever engineered from scratch - poses no direct threat to human health, scientists said, because the microbe already causes a human disease - the food-borne illness called listeriosis. The change allows that microbe to sicken mice, a species...
  • US Hospitals in Better Shape for Bio-Emergencies

    12/11/2006 6:21:06 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 202+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 12/11/06 | vanity
    US Hospitals - once extremely vulnerable to a chaotic bio-attack, are in much better shape than they were in 2001 - no thanks to the critics !
  • Hundreds of Iraq police fall ill at meal

    10/08/2006 4:40:30 PM PDT · by ARealMothersSonForever · 339 replies · 11,240+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 8, 2006 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning Sunday at a base in southern Iraq after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, and officials said they were investigating whether the poisoning was intentional. An official with the Environment Ministry said 11 policemen had died. However, the governor of Wasit province — where the poisoning took place — denied any deaths, though he said some of the victims were in critical condition. There was no immediate explanation for the contradictory reports. Some of the policemen began bleeding from the ears and nose after the meal, said...
  • Regional Officials Take On a Simulated (biological) Terror Attack on L.A.

    09/04/2006 6:21:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 353+ views
    LAT ^ | Sept. 4, 2006 | Jim Newton,
    The first hint of calamity came in deceptively routine form: a small fire in a rented Carson warehouse, apparently sparked by welders working on a lunch truck. But an investigation of that blaze turned up alarming details: respirators, a suspicious hookup on the truck, large sacks of rice flour. Within weeks, those puzzling discoveries would plunge Los Angeles into a whirlwind as a routine fire probe rapidly spun into an international investigation, uncovering a terrorist weapons lab in Mexico and a plan to douse the nation's second-largest city with anthrax and ricin. By the 40th day of the crisis, panic-stricken...
  • Passenger's Claim Shuts Down Customs at Detroit Airport

    08/13/2006 1:04:55 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 22 replies · 1,222+ views
    AP via WXYZ-TV ^ | August 12, 2006 | AP
    The U.S. Customs area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was briefly shut down today after a passenger claimed he had contaminated everyone on a flight from Amsterdam. Officials say a U.S citizen got off a Northwest Airlines flight and implied to the crew he had a biological agent of some sort and had contaminated the flight. Airport emergency medical technicians examined the man and decided that he did not pose a health risk. The man was eventually allowed to leave. It took about 90 minutes to investigate, and other passengers from Amsterdam were delayed in leaving. Passengers on two flights from...
  • Alzheimer's drug 'a poison antidote'

    08/07/2006 3:02:29 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 6 replies · 572+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 8, 2006 | Australian correspondents in Washington
    An Alzheimer's pill that helps slow the brain damage caused by the disease may also protect against the effects of nerve gases and pesticides, US researchers reported today. They said the drug, marketed under the name Reminyl and Razadyne, completely protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides. They gave the animals high doses of the poisons and treated them with Reminyl, known generically as galantamine, along with atropine, often given as an antidote for organophosphate pesticides such as paraoxon. "To our amazement, the animals treated with galantamine behaved as if...
  • The Secretive (Not any more) Fight Against Bioterror

    07/29/2006 11:16:47 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 50 replies · 1,185+ views
    The government is building a highly classified facility to research biological weapons, but its closed-door approach has raised concerns. On the grounds of a military base an hour's drive from the capital, the Bush administration is building a massive biodefense laboratory unlike any seen since biological weapons were banned 34 years ago. The heart of the lab is a cluster of sealed chambers built to contain the world's deadliest bacteria and viruses. There, scientists will spend their days simulating the unthinkable: bioterrorism attacks in the form of lethal anthrax spores rendered as wispy powders that can drift for miles on...
  • Hillary, Schumer Voted to Slash NYC Terror Funds

    06/06/2006 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 45 replies · 1,554+ views ^ | June 6, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer have been complaining for a week now about an $80 million cutback in New York City's anti-terrorism funding by the Department of Homeland Security. But it turns out that they both voted to make substantial cuts in the city's terrorism funding last year. According to Newsday, the Democratic duo backed a $95 million cut last December in funding from the Centers for Disease Control for bioterrorism programs around the nation. Of that amount, approximately $3 million would have gone directly to New York City. Mrs. Clinton and her Democratic co-hort actually wanted to cut...
  • AP Exclusive: Inside the FBI units that protect LA from terror attacks

    06/03/2006 11:48:29 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 508+ views
    SFC ^ | June 3, 2006 | JEREMIAH MARQUEZ,
    For a team of FBI anti-terrorism agents, the April incident was yet another false alarm. But in a business where U.S. authorities must be right every time and terrorists need only be successful once, everything is taken seriously. "We operate in Los Angeles under the assumption that we will be attacked and we need to stop it," said Eric Velez, an FBI assistant special agent in charge who oversees several Southern California-based counterterrorism squads. Indeed, since the 2001 terror attacks federal officials repeatedly have said Los Angeles is a primary al-Qaida target. Earlier this year, President Bush disclosed new details...
  • FBI Interested in Texas “Doomsday” Ecologist who said Ebola the Solution to Human Overpopulation

    04/06/2006 5:44:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 53 replies · 1,404+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/6/06 | LifeSiteNews
    AUSTIN, April 6, 2006 ( – Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever in which the internal organs of the victim liquefy, has one of the highest rates of fatality of any known contagious disease at approximately 80-90% and is one of the most contagious diseases known to medical science. It is also high on the list of possible bio-terror weapons of concern to international law enforcement and military security agencies. Tom Clancy’s thriller novel, Rainbow Six describes a group of radical environmentalists that wants to rid the world of people using a modified version of Ebola.All of which is...
  • Nazis Tried To Halt Allies In Italy With Malaria Epidemic Attack

    02/13/2006 6:00:29 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 470+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-14-2006 | Hilary Clarke
    Nazis tried to halt Allies in Italy with malaria epidemic attack By Hilary Clarke in Rome (Filed: 14/02/2006) The Nazis tried to halt the advance of British and American troops through Italy in the Second World War by unleashing malaria-carrying mosquitoes in what is believed to be the only biological warfare attack out in Europe, according to new research. The plan was designed to hinder the Allied push from the south and to punish the Italian population for what the Germans saw as treachery after they switched sides and joined the Allied powers. According to Prof Frank Snowden, a history...
  • HIV Bombers. Al-Qaeda's plot to infect troops with AIDS virus

    01/08/2006 3:53:00 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 73 replies · 2,610+ views
    UK Mirror ^ | Jan. 8, 2005 | Rupert Hamer
    AL-QAEDA is recruiting suicide bombers who are infected with the AIDS virus, according to documents revealed to the Sunday Mirror. Terror chiefs are also targeting fanatics who suffer other lethal blood diseases such as hepatitis and dengue fever in order to increase their "kill rate" from an explosion. The chilling new threat is revealed in papers distributed to British military camps in Iraq and across Europe. Under the heading "HIV/Hepatitis" the document states: "There is evidence that terrorists might be deliberately recruiting volunteers with diseases that are spread by blood transference." Experts have found that bones and other blood-spattered fragments...
  • Illegal immigrant with tuberculosis fears county will turn him over to immigration

    12/23/2005 10:55:07 PM PST · by conservative cat · 45 replies · 1,034+ views
    Skagit Valley Herald ^ | 11/23/2005 | Jennifer Carter
    Health officials say they may have no other alternativeThe tuberculosis eating at Ricardo’s lungs makes him a public health threat. His fear of being picked up by immigration authorities has sent him into hiding. A hard-to-treat combination of medical problems left the young farmworker tired, without an appetite and, because of the tuberculosis, quarantined in a hotel room for weeks. But last week, Ricardo, who is also an illegal immigrant, heard that Skagit County Public Health, which has treated him for months, might have reported him to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ricardo has been deported to Mexico once before...
  • Beware: That Rat Could Be a Lethal Weapon

    12/10/2005 11:07:41 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 573+ views
    All Africa ^ | Dec. 9, 2005 | Naftali Okoth
    A few months ago, Kenyans were amused at media reports that thousands of rats had been killed at a major city market. While the story may have made news due to this unusual finding, many people are unaware of the dangers posed by such huge numbers of rodents. Besides being vermin preying on man's food, rats are more dangerous as reservoirs of lethal diseases that can affect man. That is why, with the ever-present threat of bio-terrorism, attention should also be focused on rats and how they can be used as bio-terror agents. The most memorable and most devastating disease...
  • Report Says Avian Flu Outbreak Could Kill Up to 1.9 Million People

    11/02/2005 9:12:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 1,214+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 2, 2005 | GARDINER HARRIS and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 - An outbreak of the avian flu virus in the United States could infect one-third of the population and kill as many as 1.9 million people, according to an analysis by the federal government released today. The report, by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said that banning large gatherings and imposing quarantines would likely be necessary in order to contain the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus if it mutated into a form easily spread by human-to-human contact. There have been no reported cases of the virus being spread between humans. The...
  • Al-Qaeda could spread avian flu, report warns

    11/01/2005 7:38:53 AM PST · by markedmannerf · 21 replies · 833+ views
    NATIONAL POST ^ | 10-25-05 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO - A newly disclosed Canadian intelligence study says al-Qaeda might try to spread the deadly avian flu virus as part of its campaign to sow terror in Western nations. The report by the federal government's Integrated Threat Assessment Centre describes the avian flu as a "potential terrorist-induced" pandemic and specifically mentions Osama bin Laden. "It is significant to note that Osama bin Laden views chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons as legitimate," says the report, titled "Pandemics: Avian Flu." "In addition, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda representatives have repeatedly named Canada as a target," it says under the heading...
  • Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy

    11/01/2005 8:58:42 AM PST · by Solson · 90 replies · 1,938+ views
    AP ^ | 11/1/05 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer 32 minutes ago President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million Americans against the current strain of bird flu.The president also said the United States must approve liability protection for the makers of lifesaving vaccines. He said the number of American vaccine manufacturers has plummeted because the industry has been hit with a flood of lawsuits. Bush said no one knows when or where a deadly strain...
  • U.S. Food Supply New Target for Terrorists

    10/26/2005 8:17:01 PM PDT · by girlangler · 6 replies · 576+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | Monday, October 24, 2005 | Rox News Report
    U.S. Food Supply New Target for Terrorists Monday, October 24, 2005 •Report: Terrorists May Target Milk Supply WASHINGTON — Buildings, trains, ships and, now, the U.S. food supply are all potential targets that the U.S. government is trying to protect from a possible terrorist attack. Ever since plans to attack American agriculture were found in the caves of Afghanistan, Homeland Security (search) has been planning for an assault on the nation's meat and milk supply or an attempt to contaminate the seeds used to grow vegetables. Please click on the video box on the right to watch a full report...
  • Releasing a lethal flu to the world

    10/16/2005 10:07:15 PM PDT · by Termite_Commander · 27 replies · 894+ views ^ | October 16th, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    While official Washington has been poring over Harriet Miers’ long-ago doings on the Dallas City Council and parsing the Byzantine comings and goings of the Fitzgerald grand jury, relatively unnoticed was perhaps the most momentous event of our lifetime — what is left of it, as I shall explain. It was announced that American scientists have just created a living, killing copy of the 1918 “Spanish” flu. This is big. Very big. First, it is a scientific achievement of staggering proportions. The Spanish flu has not been seen on this blue planet for 85 years. Its re-creation is a story...
  • Bird flu outbreak sparks panic=(france surrenders)

    10/16/2005 5:35:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 440+ views
    NT news ^ | 16oct05 | From correspondents in Brussels
    THE growing threat of lethal bird flu spreading across Europe will soar to the top of EU leaders' menu this week, after the deadly Asian strain of the virus landed on the continent for the first time. Scientists and the European Union's political chiefs are battling to allay public panic after the H5N1 virus was confirmed in Romania at the weekend, only two days after its presence was identified in Turkey. EU foreign ministers will discuss the outbreak at emergency talks in Luxembourg Tuesday, while the bird flu scare will inevitably dominate the agenda of a meeting of EU health...
  • Common Sense Key to Prevent Flu Spread

    10/16/2005 6:03:33 PM PDT · by Aracelis · 20 replies · 717+ views
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention ^ | September 23, 2005 | Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    Good Health Habits Good health habits are also an important way to help prevent the Flu. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Clean your...
  • Bird Flu 'Will Kill 50,000 People, But Not This Year' (UK)

    10/16/2005 5:58:25 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 655+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-17-2005 | David Derbyshire
    Bird flu 'will kill 50,000 people, but not this year' By David Derbyshire (Filed: 17/10/2005) A bird flu pandemic would kill about 50,000 people in Britain but will not necessarily strike this winter, the Government's chief medical officer said yesterday. Sir Liam Donaldson said that it was a question of "when, not if" the disease infecting birds in Asia and the fringes of eastern Europe mutated into a deadly form of human influenza. Sir Liam: deaths could be higher than 50,000 The number of deaths in Britain could reach 750,000 if the human strain were particularly serious, although a lower...
  • Administration mobilizes to prepare U.S. for possible pandemic

    10/16/2005 6:13:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 28 replies · 981+ views ^ | Sun, Oct. 16, 2005 | Jonathan S. Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is scrambling to prepare the nation for a possible global rampage by a new flu germ that it fears could kill nearly 2 million Americans, sicken tens of millions more and shatter the economy. The key question is how much preparation can be done before a calamity strikes that, in a worst-case scenario, could make the health system collapse; overwhelm morgues; close schools, airports and harbors; end public gatherings; require strict quarantines; and cripple businesses and vital public services by mass absenteeism. "You're looking at a nation-busting event," warned Tara O'Toole, director of the Center...
  • Bird flu virus resistant to Tamiflu

    10/14/2005 4:34:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 906+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | October 14, 2005 | MALCOLM RITTER
    AP SCIENCE WRITER NEW YORK -- Bird flu virus found in a Vietnamese girl was resistant to the main drug that's being stockpiled in case of a pandemic, a sign that it's important to keep a second drug on hand as well, a researcher said Friday. He said the finding was no reason to panic. The drug in question, Tamiflu, still attacks "the vast majority of the viruses out there," said Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Tokyo and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The drug, produced by Swiss-based Roche Holding AG, is in short supply as nations around the world...
  • Anthrax Claims Hundreds of Cattle; Experts Push Vaccination

    10/14/2005 10:11:56 AM PDT · by vetvetdoug · 1 replies · 322+ views
    DVM Newsmagazine | October 2005 | Jennifer Fiala
    Washington--From North Dakota to Texas, cattle have been dying by the hundreds from what some claim is the largest anthrax outbreak on record. Vaccination is an effecient, effective defense, experts say. At presstime, North Dakota officials estimated 500 dead bison and cattle and 101 quarantined premises. South Dakota claims at least 400 cattle have died from anthrax exposure on 53 premises. In Texas, two ranches were quarantined following antrax detection among deer, cattle and horses. Although the term "anthrax" often incites bioterrorism fears, the naturally occurring bacterial spore is endemic from the Gulf of Mexico through the Great Plains, experts...
  • BART (San Francisco) increases security after threat against NYC subway

    10/07/2005 2:10:32 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 269+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Oct. 6, 2005 | Michael Cabanatuan
    BART said it was increasing security today in response to reports of a threat against the New York subway system. The system has operated on a heightened security alert, level orange, since the first London subway attack on July 7. After learning of the New York threat, BART said it was going on "an enhanced heightened alert." Bathrooms at underground stations, which have been closed since shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, remain locked. BART says it worries that chemical or biological poisons could be spread into an underground station through a bathroom's ventilation system. San Francisco Municipal...
  • U.N. Health Chief Delivers Grim Message on Bird Flu

    09/15/2005 2:37:19 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 23 replies · 789+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/15/2005 | Paul Eckert
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Avian flu will mutate and become transmissible by humans and the world has no time to lose to stop it becoming a pandemic, the head of the U.N. World Health Organization said on Thursday. Lee Jong-wook, a South Korean doctor, delivered his stark warning as the United States worked to rally states behind a new U.S. plan to fight the disease, which has already killed more than 60 people in Asia and spread to Russia and Europe. "Human influenza is coming, we know that, and no government, no leaders can afford to be caught off-guard," Lee...