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  • 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...
  • Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

    07/08/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials of freeze-dried virus were intact and sealed with melted glass, and the virus MIGHT have been dead, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
  • Ebola Spread to Guinea's Capital Raises Fears

    03/29/2014 1:19:43 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 29, 2014 | MSN News
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Ebola, one of the world's most deadly viruses, has spread from a remote forested corner of southern Guinea to the country's seaside capital, raising fears that the disease, which causes severe bleeding and almost always death, could spread far beyond this tiny West African nation's borders.
  • Via suspects discussed alternative plans to poison air/water to kill up to 100,000 people

    05/10/2013 7:18:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 9, 2013 | JESSICA MURPHY
    ... Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian citizen who previously lived in Canada, has been charged with two counts of knowingly making false statements in an application to immigration authorities for a green card and work visa, in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism. "As alleged, Mr. Abassi came to the United States to pursue terrorist activity and support others in the same shameful pursuit. What Mr. Abassi didn't know was that one of his associates, privy to the details of his plan, was an undercover FBI agent," said FBI assistant director-in-charge George Venizelos in a statement. Authorities arrested Abassi...
  • Buried Roman Soldiers of Dura May Be Victims of Ancient Iranian Chemical Weapon

    03/09/2011 10:35:20 PM PST · by OddLane · 23 replies
    The Circle Of Ancient Iranian Studies ^ | Thursday, 10 March 2011 | CAIS
    LONDON, (CAIS) -- Almost 2,000 years ago, 19 Roman soldiers rushed into a cramped underground tunnel, sent to defend the Roman-occupied Syrian city of Dura-Europos from an army of Persians digging to undermine the city's mudbrick walls. But instead of Persian soldiers, the Romans met with a wall of noxious black smoke that turned to acid in their lungs. Their crystal-pummelled swords were no match for this weapon; the Romans choked and died in moments, many with their last pay of coins still slung in purses on their belts. Nearby, a Persian soldier — perhaps the one who started the...
  • Dura-Europos: Crossroad of Cultures: A Lost Civilization of the Ancient Middle East

    08/15/2010 11:54:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Carly Silver
    In 1920, British soldiers digging trenches near the Euphrates River came across ancient wall paintings. In the sands of eastern Syria, they uncovered the remains of the ancient town of Dura-Europos. Located on the Euphrates River, the long-buried settlement was ruled successively by the Macedonians, Parthians, and Romans until its destruction in A.D. 256. Today, the site is known for its buildings, including the world's oldest church, one of the earliest synagogues ever found, and numerous Greco-Roman temples. Covering about 180 acres, Dura-Europos was founded around 300 B.C... Dura's location was ideal because it was both defensible and near a...
  • Ancient Persians who gassed Romans were the first to use chemical weapons

    01/14/2009 8:37:02 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 968+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/14/2008
    They gassed Roman soldiers with toxic fumes 2,000 years ago, researchers have discovered. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare yet after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers' found underground in Syria 70 years ago. Archeologists have found the oldest evidence of chemical warfare after studying the bodies of 20 Roman soldiers Clues left at the scene revealed the Persians were lying in wait as the Romans dug a tunnel during a siege – then pumped in toxic gas – produced by sulphur crystals and bitumen – to kill all the Romans in minutes. Dr Simon James,...
  • Sick Rams Used As Ancient Bioweapons

    11/29/2007 2:53:57 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 143+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sick Rams Used as Ancient Bioweapons Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Once, a Weapon Nov. 28, 2007 -- Infected rams and donkeys were the earliest bioweapons, according to a new study which dates the use of biological warfare back more than 3,300 years. According to a review published in the Journal of Medical Hypotheses, two ancient populations, the Arzawans and the Hittites, engaged "in mutual use of contaminated animals" during the 1320-1318 B.C. Anatolian war. "The animals were carriers of Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia," author Siro Trevisanato, a molecular biologist based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada told Discovery News....
  • Early chemical warfare comes to light

    01/12/2009 7:37:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 633+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 11 Jan 2009 | Bruce Bower
    Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the site’s massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel. The attackers, members of Persia’s Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating...
  • Malkin: Obama's Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal

    11/16/2011 12:10:47 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    GOPUSA.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    What do you get when you mix Democratic fat-cat donations, Big Labor favors, pharmaceutical lobbying and Beltway business as usual? Answer: another toxic half-billion-dollar Barack Obama-approved crony deal. Move over, Solyndra. Here comes Siga-Gate. This latest Chicago-style payoff on your dime involves a dubious smallpox drug backed by a liberal billionaire investor, along with a former union boss who was one of the White House's most frequent visitors. They're the "1 percent" with 100 percent immunity from the selectively outraged Occupier mobs that purport to oppose partisan government bailouts and handouts to privileged corporations. Ronald Perelman is the New York...
  • WHY ARE IRANIAN CHILDREN VACCINATED AGAINST SMALLPOX?

    07/02/2005 3:12:27 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies · 1,844+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 27 June 05 | Neal Boortz
    Smallpox is an acute, highly contagious and often fatal disease caused by the variola virus. The virus is so dangerous and potentially deadly that one confirmed case of smallpox is considered to be a public health emergency. Oh .. and there is no proven treatment for the disease once a person falls ill. You just administer fluids and antibiotics to handle any secondary infections, and hope that the patent is one of the 70%. The other 30% will die. In case you don't already know, Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. The eradication is so complete that we don't even vaccinate...
  • 135-Year-Old Piece of Skin (Scab) Triggers Smallpox Scare At Virginia Museum

    05/19/2011 5:41:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    My FOX DC ^ | Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2011, 8:03 AM EDT Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/offbeat/135- | Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. - An outbreak of smallpox was the furthest thing from historian Dr. Paul Levengood's mind when his staff at the Virginia Historical Society put together an exhibit of "bizarre bits" that were added to the society's collection since its founding in 1831, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. There was Confederate president Jefferson Davis's cigar, confiscated by Union troops. There was a fungus carving of Robert E. Lee on his horse, Traveller, and a wreath made of human hair. Then someone mentioned a letter, handwritten and dated 1876, with what appeared to be a smallpox scab pinned inside...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill (Military man dumped into three-ring whodunit)

    01/05/2011 8:12:45 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | 1-5-2010 | Dan Goodin
    Body of murdered cyberwar expert found in landfill Military man dumped into three-ring whodunit Dan Goodin January 5, 2010 The body of a decorated US Army officer was found dumped in a Delaware landfill on New Years Eve day, a few days after he expressed concern that the nation wasn't adequately prepared for cyber warfare, according to news reports following the bizarre whodunit. Events surrounding the murder of John P. Wheeler III, who most recently worked part-time for defense contractor Mitre Corporation on cyber defense topics, read like a Tom Clancy novel. The 66-year-old worked for three Republican administrations, was...
  • Fired BP Contractor Claims Photo Flap Led To Dismissal

    07/12/2010 2:00:28 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 5 replies
    WDSU ^ | July 9, 2010 | news staff
    "...he was dismissed after taking photos that he believes were related to the use of dispersants and to the cleanup of the oil floating in the Gulf of Mexico..." More in comments.
  • Andy Stern Joins SIGA's Board of Directors (their drugs combat bio-warfare pathogens)

    06/21/2010 8:27:24 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 7 replies · 1+ views
    SIGA Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens, announced today that Andy Stern, labor leader and prominent advocate for reform, joined SIGA's board of directors. *snip* Andy Stern was responsible for growing the SEIU from 1.0 million members into a powerful 2.2 million member union. Under his leadership, the SEIU had been widely recognized as being an engaged and influential force driving healthcare reform and, ultimately, passage of the 2010 Health Care Reform Act. SIGA Technologies is applying viral and bacterial genomics and sophisticated computational modeling in the design and development of...
  • TALIBAN USING HIV BOMBS

    06/09/2010 6:57:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 70 replies · 188+ views
    Education News ^ | June 9, 2010 | Editor Jimmy Kilpatrick
    The heroin needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel. TALIBAN fighters are burying dirty needles with their bombs in a bid to infect British troops with HIV, The Sun can reveal. Hypodermic syringes are hidden below the surface pointing upwards to prick bomb squad experts as they hunt for devices. The heroin needles are feared to be contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. And if the bomb goes off, the needles become deadly flying shrapnel. The tactic, used in the Afghan badlands of Helmand, was exposed...
  • David Kelly post mortem to be kept secret for 70 years as doctors accuse Lord Hutton of concealing..

    01/23/2010 7:38:37 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 45 replies · 1,285+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 January 2010 | By Miles Goslett
    Vital evidence which could solve the mystery of the death of Government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly will be kept under wraps for up to 70 years. In a draconian – and highly unusual – order, Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the Dr Kelly scandal, has secretly barred the release of all medical records, including the results of the post mortem, and unpublished evidence. The move, which will stoke fresh speculation about the true circumstances of Dr Kelly’s death, comes just days before Tony Blair appears before the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War. It...
  • Alarm over anthrax-tainted heroin

    01/19/2010 12:50:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 35 replies · 1,091+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 20 January 2010 | anon
    The health ministry in France has issued a warning after eight people died and seven fell sick in two European countries from using heroin contaminated by anthrax. "Since December 6, there have been 15 confirmed cases of anthrax among heroin users, 14 in Scotland and one in Germany," the ministry's General Directorate for Health (DGS) said in a statement. "Eight people died," it said. "The likeliest source is heroin contaminated by anthrax spores." Most of the casualties had injected the heroin, but others also inhaled it or smoked it. Anthrax is a potentially lethal bacterium that exists naturally in the...
  • Caption Obama at HIV/AIDS Welcome to U.S.A. signing

    10/30/2009 4:15:34 PM PDT · by Dewey Revoltnow · 16 replies · 743+ views
  • Obama to lift HIV entry ban soon

    10/30/2009 11:51:08 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 137 replies · 5,353+ views
    The US is to end its 22-year ban on people with HIV entering the country, President Barack Obama has confirmed. Mr Obama made the announcement as he extended funding for an act that provides HIV/Aids related health care. "If we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/Aids, we need to act like it," Mr Obama said. The US is one of only about a dozen countries barring entry on HIV status. The ban is expected to be lifted at the beginning of 2010. 'End the stigma' Mr Obama confirmed the move as he signed the Ryan White HIV/Aids...
  • North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says

    10/05/2009 11:41:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 957+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/6/2009 | Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
    North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery. Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy...
  • 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...
  • Soup leak forces Ryanair plane to land

    08/31/2008 5:22:05 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 255+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | August 27, 2008
    A plane was forced to land when a passenger had an extreme allergic reaction to a leaking jar of mushroom soup, it was revealed today. The soup fell on the man from an overhead locker on a Ryanair flight to Dublin from Budapest. He reportedly suffered allergic swelling in his neck and struggled to breathe, forcing staff to seek emergency medical treatment. The bizarre incident happened on Monday, the same day as another Ryanair flight had to make an emergency landing in Limoges after suffering a sudden loss of cabin pressure. And in a week of mid-air incidents, a Thomsonfly...
  • Patches (Chick) arrested, police say her scent made men pass out

    07/11/2008 11:40:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 66 replies · 472+ views
    WAFB Channel 9 ^ | 7/11/08 | staff
    HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - Houma police officers and Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies say an attractive woman named Patches has been arrested after her "calogne samples" made at least two men pass out. One of the incidents prompted a statewide alert to Louisiana law enforcement agencies. The first complaint happened in early June. Police say an 18-year-old man says he was leaving a Houma restaurant at lunchtime when he was approached by a woman who said she was selling cologne. Police say the woman asked the victim is he was interested in buying some cologne she was selling. "The suspect produced...
  • US Navy research lab under microscope in Indonesia

    05/02/2008 1:29:11 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 21 replies · 185+ views
    AFP ^ | May 2, 2008 | unknown
    JAKARTA (AFP) — The future of a major US Navy research laboratory in Indonesia is in doubt amid allegations, dismissed as "crazy" by US diplomats, of espionage and secret experiments. Negotiations between Washington and Jakarta over the renewal of the operating contract of US Naval Medical Research Unit-2, or Namru-2, have stalled over a range of issues including diplomatic immunity for its US staff. Established in Indonesia in 1970 and charged with researching infectious diseases of military importance, the facility employs 19 Americans and more than 100 Indonesians and is based in Indonesian health ministry grounds. Its operations have attracted...
  • Syria’s Bio-Warfare Threat: an interview with Dr. Jill Dekker

    12/30/2007 2:23:08 PM PST · by ZeitgeistSurfer · 4 replies · 100+ views
    New English Review ^ | 12/2007 | Jerry Gordon
    When news leaked out of the September 6th Israeli Air Force and commando raid on a Syrian Nuclear facility followed by revelations about the deaths of dozens of Iranians and Syrians in a Chemical warfare missile accident in July the world was jarred. Recently, it was revealed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) had aided Syria in its chemical warfare programs. I noted in a recent interview with former US UN Ambassador John Bolton his early concerns about the Syrian Bio Warfare threat. Questions arose, specifically about the size, nature and danger of the Syrian bio-warfare military...
  • anthrax - Widow wants answers

    10/06/2007 3:48:58 AM PDT · by ZacandPook · 78 replies · 1,301+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | October 6, 2007 | Minor
    Widow wants answers By EMILY J. MINOR Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Saturday, October 06, 2007 W hen she looks back - and how can you not? - it all makes so much sense. The tubes and the masks and the FBI agents. Video: See an exclusive interview with Maureen Stevens. The worried doctors and the sneaky reporters and the room where they told her the ending. "I should have known," Maureen Stevens says now. But back then, things like masks and tubes and a box of tissues on a meeting room table just didn't click. Now, of course, it...
  • Sabotage is suspected over foot-and-mouth

    08/08/2007 3:02:35 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 16 replies · 842+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 08/08/07 | Lewis Smith
    The deliberate release of viral material, possibly in an act of sabotage, may have caused the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, officials said last night. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said in a report ordered by the Prime Minister that “release by human movement [of the FMD virus] must be considered a real possibility”. Inspectors all but discounted theories that the virus escaped by air or water from the laboratory complex close to where the outbreak started, although they are continuing to investigate the possibility of equipment failure or a security breach.
  • Prof. Defends Right to Send Feces

    01/19/2007 9:31:30 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 33 replies · 1,305+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | 1/18/07 | AP
    A retired French professor sent dog feces to her congresswoman's office after becoming angry with receiving too many mailings and her lawyer says she had a constitutional right to do it. Kathleen Ensz faces a misdemeanor charge of "use of a noxious substance" after taking dog feces from her backyard, wrapping it in a political mailer from Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, and leaving the putrid package at the Republican's office, according to court documents. Ensz, a Democrat, was angered by repeatedly receiving mailings from Musgrave. Her lawyer calls the poo delivery a form of free expression, protected by the First Amendment....
  • Exercise Prepares National Guard for Worst-Case Scenario

    04/05/2006 5:59:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 321+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2006 – Military and political officials, foreign nationals and media observed yesterday as Army and Air National Guardsmen from five states and the District of Columbia responded to a mock disaster staged at the D.C. National Guard Armory. Members of the 34th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, from Blackstone, Va., work through the decontamination site after having been in the "hot zone" of a fictitious nuclear incident. "Vital Guardian," held at the D.C. National Guard Armory, was an Army and Air National Guard training exercise to strengthen response to a catastrophic event. Photo by...
  • HIV rate rises 8 percent among gay, bisexual men

    11/18/2005 10:56:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 824+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11.18.05 | Joyce Howard Price
    HIV infections among homosexual and bisexual men in the United States rose 8 percent last year, after remaining relatively stable the three previous years, new federal data show. The increase for the virus that causes AIDS compares with average annual declines of 4 percent among heterosexuals and 9 percent among intravenous-drug users from 2001 to 2004, according to a report in this week's issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. The CDC said the recent increase in diagnosed HIV infections among men who have sex with other men "may reflect increases in HIV...
  • Homosexuality Triggering HIV Escalation

    11/18/2005 1:38:17 PM PST · by NYer · 78 replies · 2,231+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 18, 2005 | Terry Vanderheyden
    WASHINGTON, November 18, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While the rates for new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, have been on the decline among heterosexuals and intravenous drug users, US health officials are expressing alarm at an eight percent increase in HIV rates in homosexual and bisexual men in one year.Measuring the increase in prevalence of the virus from 2003 to 2004, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the 8% rise in cases among men who commit sodomy with men, “was statistically significant” for the 33 states that reported on HIV cases, according to 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...
  • Russia - Quarantine imposed in Omsk Reg village where bird flu confirmed

    10/29/2005 3:45:27 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 356+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | October 29, 2005
    OMSK, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - A quarantine was imposed in the village of Rozovka in the Omsk Region on Saturday in connection with the bird flu. The Novosibirsk inter-regional veterinary laboratory confirmed the diagnosis, a source at the regional veterinary and farm produce control department told Itar-Tass. More than 100 poultry birds died in Rozovka located not far from the Russian-Kazakh border. Deaths of wild and domestic birds from infection were reported in six districts of the Omsk Region last August and September. The tough preventive measures taken by local authorities at that time stopped the bird flu from...
  • 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
    http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/12914692.htm ^ | 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...
  • China Says It Has "Better Vaccine" for "Bird Flu"

    10/15/2005 6:54:02 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 35 replies · 1,302+ views
    Reuters Alert Net ^ | 10/15/05 | vanity
    BEIJING, Oct 15 (Reuters) - China has developed a new and better vaccine for use on birds against the avian influenza strain that scientists fear could cause a global pandemic among humans, state media said on Saturday. The vaccine had the advantage of fighting another common bird disease, as well as the H5N1 influenza strain that has spread from Asia to Europe, state television reported. It identified this as avulavirus APMV-1, also known as Newcastle disease.
  • 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...
  • Power failure hits CDC germ lab (Fort Collins, CO)

    10/14/2005 8:13:53 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 14 replies · 755+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 13, 2005 | Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News
    A power failure knocked out the security system at a federal germ lab in Fort Collins for 13 hours Monday and disabled freezers housing thousands of vials of plague and other potential bioweapons. A backup generator kicked on when the power failed. But an electrical short prevented the backup power from being routed through the building, said Colorado State University spokesman Brad Bohlander. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory was without power for 13 hours, beginning at 3:07 p.m. Monday, Bohlander said. CSU owns the building and leases it to the government.No germ collections were...
  • Officials Stockpile Vaccine, Drugs Against Avian Flu

    10/07/2005 3:39:56 AM PDT · by fifthvirginia · 78 replies · 2,032+ views
    American Forces Press Service | 06 OCT 05 | Jim Garamone
    Health officials estimate the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide -- more than died in World War I. Now President Bush is concerned that a strain of avian flu that has killed millions of birds in Asia could mutate and cross over to humans. "I am concerned about what an avian flu outbreak could mean for the United States and the world," Bush said during an Oct. 4 news conference. "I have thought through the scenarios of what an avian flu outbreak could mean." The Department of Defense is preparing in case the worst happens. DoD...
  • Followup- Tularemia Outbreak in Russia

    09/05/2005 2:03:35 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 1 replies · 308+ views
    The Morning Paper-Special Edition | 09/05/05 | vanity
    Tularemia Outbreak in Russia – Might Have Been Natural A recent outbreak –over 400 cases of Tularemia – occurred in Russia during July and August. The sheer number of cases – as compared to prior years – seemed alarming ; as did the proximity of the cases to Russian biowarfare research facilities. (There were even cases in Sverdlosk – site of an Anthrax accident many years ago. ) It is well to be suspicious of coincidence ; but equally important to make sure all facts are in hand before drawing conclusions. In researching Tularemia “episodes” a few days ago, I...
  • Tularemia Outbreak in Russia-443 Cases-Origins Unknown

    09/01/2005 8:25:52 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 15 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Morning Paper-Special Edition | 09/01/05 | vanity
    Tularemia Outbreak in Russia –443 Cases-Origins Unknown The ProMed site carried a report this morning concerning a Tularemia outbreak in Russia –updated to 08/29/05. The ProMed heading says 334 cases have been reported, but simple arithmetic shows the number to be 443. Breakdown follows: 135 Moscow (Shatursky District) 99 Nizhny Novgorod 83 Vladimir region ( Gorohovetsky) 67 Ryazan 28 Voronezh 29 Sverdlosk region 2 Yekaterinburg 443 Total Laboratory confirmation has been obtained in 128 of the cases,so far. (This is important, because influenza can cause similar symptoms , and there has been extensive migration of infected/infectious wildfowl into much of...
  • Biowarfare : Another "Sverdlosk Incident" in Russia ?

    08/25/2005 9:28:24 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 22 replies · 2,762+ views
    The Morning Paper-Special Edition | 08/25/05 | vanity
    Biowarfare : Another “Sverdlosk Incident” in Russia ? I’ve been looking at two recent (and ongoing) outbreaks of Tularemia in Russia: (Source: ProMed : Archives # 20050824.2503; # 20050822.2467; # 20050718.2066 ) 1. 96 people –66 from Dzerzhinsk region; 30 from Nizhniy Novogorod. 2. 56 people – all from the Ryazan area , which borders on Nizhniy Novogorod and Vladimir. What makes it notable is that Tularemia is a fairly rare disease: the Ryazan area had only 4 known cases in 2004. (No historic stats were furnished on the Nizhniy Novgoros area or Dzerzhinsk , but the number of cases...
  • War Plans Drafted To Counter Terror Attacks in U.S.

    08/07/2005 10:09:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 78 replies · 2,049+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, August 8, 2005 | Bradley Graham
    COLORADO SPRINGS -- The U.S. military has devised its first-ever war plans for guarding against and responding to terrorist attacks in the United States, envisioning 15 potential crisis scenarios and anticipating several simultaneous strikes around the country, according to officers who drafted the plans. The classified plans, developed here at Northern Command headquarters, outline a variety of possible roles for quick-reaction forces estimated at as many as 3,000 ground troops per attack, a number that could easily grow depending on the extent of the damage and the abilities of civilian response teams. The possible scenarios range from "low end," relatively...
  • School Launches New Class for Bio Warfare Identification

    07/29/2005 7:24:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 313+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | July 29, 2005 | Elaine Wilson
    The Army Medical Department Center and School’s newest multi-service course teaches its students the inner workings of a cutting-edge biological warfare identification device. The first formal Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System Course, taught at nearby Brooks City-Base, started mid-July with 24 military and civilian students from military installations throughout the world. The students’ job titles range from microbiologists and medical laboratory technicians to preventive medicine and food inspection specialists. But while their uniforms and jobs may vary, all have something in common – JBAIDS. JBAIDS is the latest weapon in the race to identify biological warfare agents quickly...
  • New sex disease diagnosed in Stockholm (Rectal Chlamydia)

    07/18/2005 3:41:27 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 28 replies · 844+ views
    The Local ^ | 7/18/05
    A virulent form of chlamydia that has infected hundreds of men in the United States and Europe has appeared for the first time in Sweden. Dagens Nyheter reports that three cases of Lymphogranuloma venereum, or LGV, have so far been diagnosed in Stockholm. The disease is caused by a strain of chlamydia and is most common in parts of Asia, Africa and South and Central America. In Europe and North America the bacterial infection has started to spread between gay men, with the Netherlands and France both reporting around 150 cases each, and the UK around 30 cases. Early symptoms...