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  • Army Suspends Germ Research at Maryland Lab

    02/11/2009 7:44:25 AM PST · by BGHater · 13 replies · 1,418+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Feb 2009 | Scott Shane
    Army officials have suspended most research involving dangerous germs at the biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., which the F.B.I. has linked to the anthrax attacks of 2001, after discovering that some pathogens stored there were not listed in a laboratory database. The suspension, which began Friday and could last three months, is intended to allow a complete inventory of hazardous bacteria, viruses and toxins stored in refrigerators, freezers and cabinets in the facility, the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. The inventory was ordered by the institute’s commander, Col. John P. Skvorak, after officials found that the database...
  • Plague of bioweapons accidents afflicts the US

    07/08/2007 11:54:53 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 409+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 05 July 2007 | Debora MacKenzie
    Deadly germs may be more likely to be spread due to a biodefence lab accident than a biological attack by terrorists. Plague, anthrax, Rocky Mountain spotted fever - these are among the bioweapons some experts fear could be used in a germ warfare attack against the US. But the public has had near-misses with those diseases and others over the past five years, ironically because of accidents in labs that were working to defend against bioterrorists. Even worse, they may be only the tip of an iceberg. The revelations come from Ed Hammond of the Sunshine Project, a biosafety pressure...
  • Germ Outbreak Reported at L.A. Hospital (Closed neonatal and pediatrics ICUs)

    12/16/2006 4:07:02 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 26 replies · 1,349+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 16 1:32 AM US/Eastern
    Germ Outbreak Reported at L.A. Hospital Dec 16 1:32 AM US/Eastern A hospital has closed its neonatal and pediatrics intensive care units to new admissions after a potentially fatal bacterium sickened seven children, including an infant who may have died from the infection, officials said Friday. White Memorial Medical Center shut down the neonatal unit on Dec. 4 following an outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, hospital officials said. The germ is believed to have infected five babies in the unit since it was detected on Nov. 30, said Dr. Laurene Mascola, director of the county's acute communicable disease control unit. One...
  • FDA to Hear Concerns on Anti-Germ Soaps

    10/18/2005 6:47:00 PM PDT · by satchmodog9 · 34 replies · 922+ views
    AP ^ | 10-18-2005 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    WASHINGTON - It seems hard to go wrong with a hand soap that "kills 99 percent of germs" it encounters. But critics of anti-bacterial soaps in the home say there's plenty to be concerned about. ADVERTISEMENT A government advisory panel will take a look at that Thursday. The popularity of soaps and other products claiming anti-bacterial properties skyrocketed in the last decade as consumers turned to them as a defense against household illnesses. But some people contend that a number of the products, particularly those that use synthetic chemicals rather than alcohol or bleach, pose the risk of creating germs...
  • Iraq's 'Mrs. Anthrax' Has Cancer

    01/01/2005 5:12:39 AM PST · by Critical Bill · 22 replies · 909+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Fri Dec 31, 5:22 PM ET | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi lawyer said Friday that one of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s former top scientists, known as "Mrs. Anthrax," has cancer and is dying in U.S. custody where she has been held for more than a year. A U.S. military spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq (news - web sites) refused to comment on the report that Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash has cancer. "I am not able to discuss the health condition of our detainees," said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. "Certainly we have medical care available to take care of any detainee." Other U.S. officials...
  • Drug-resistant germ spreading outside U.S. hospitals (MRSA can become fatal)

    07/14/2004 3:51:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 2,345+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/15/04 | Maggie Fox
    Drug-resistant germ spreading outside U.S. hospitals Thursday July 15, 1:46 AM By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A drug-resistant "superbug" found in hospitals has a close cousin that is affecting athletes, prisoners and small children in growing numbers across the United States, disease experts said on Wednesday. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA can become fatal if not treated with the right antibiotics, said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "MRSA is showing up in places it had never been seen before -- as a predominant cause of skin disease among...
  • Doctors' Germ-Filled Ties 'Are As Deadly As Typhoid Mary'

    05/24/2004 7:06:33 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 328+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-25-2004 | Roger Highfield
    Doctors' germ-filled ties 'are as deadly as Typhoid Mary' By Roger Highfield Science Editor (Filed: 25/05/2004) Ties worn by hospital doctors to impress their patients harbour a hidden danger: almost half of them seethe with potentially harmful bacteria, according to a survey published yesterday. In an announcement sure to please proponents of "dress-down Friday", the tie was depicted as the sartorial equivalent of "Typhoid Mary" - a cook who infected 47 people in 1907 - at the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans. While a tie helps to make a doctor look professional, the...
  • Germ research gets urgent

    06/09/2003 8:41:38 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 381+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2003 | Tom Ramstack
    <p>Continuing bioterrorism scares are breathing new life into obscure scientific projects as the nation gropes for a way to defend itself from deadly microbes.</p> <p>The sudden interest in microbiology is fueled by revelations such as the discovery of a mobile bioterrorism laboratory that traveled Iraqi highways.</p>
  • Big fish - Rihab Taha - 'Dr. Germ' - In Custody

    05/12/2003 7:33:27 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 39 replies · 2,043+ views
    5/12/03 | MSNBC
    Dr. Germ reported in custody - Rihab Taha
  • Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash - 5 of Hearts - In Custody

    05/05/2003 6:37:38 AM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 52 replies · 1,936+ views
    MSNBC | 5/5/03
    Saddam's top WMD Scientist... The woman at Saddam's meetings... In Custody. updating the charts now.

    05/05/2003 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 42 replies · 560+ views
    Sky News ^ | May 5, 2003 | Sky News
    IRAQ'S 'DR GERM' CAPTURED Coalition forces have captured one of Iraq's top biological weapons scientists. Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, among the top 55 most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, was taken into custody on Sunday, a US Defence Department official said. More follows... Last Updated: 15:31 UK, Monday May 05, 2003
  • Mobile Bio Lab Found!

    04/10/2003 12:09:57 PM PDT · by vannrox · 323 replies · 998+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4-8-2003 | FOX
    Just breaking! On Fox now.
  • Embassy staff flee SARS outbreak

    04/04/2003 6:05:39 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Embassy staff flee SARS outbreak From correspondents in Washington04apr03 THE US has authorised the departure of non-essential personnel and their families from the US Embassy in Beijing and from five consular offices in China as a result of the SARS outbreak. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has killed about 80 people in Asia and Canada. The US State Department said today it had agreed the withdrawal of diplomatic staff from affected areas. It said the move was "due to the risks posed by SARS, the uncertainties of how it is spread, and concerns over our ability to obtain suitable...
  • C.I.A. Hunts Iraq Tie to Soviet Smallpox

    03/27/2003 7:16:02 PM PST · by vannrox · 45 replies · 1,599+ views
    SLATE reference to New Yourk Times Article ^ | Updated Friday, December 6, 2002, at 9:35 AM PT | By Jack Shafer
    December 3, 2002 C.I.A. Hunts Iraq Tie to Soviet SmallpoxBy JUDITH MILLER he C.I.A. is investigating an informant's accusation that Iraq obtained a particularly virulent strain of smallpox from a Russian scientist who worked in a smallpox lab in Moscow during Soviet times, senior American officials and foreign scientists say. The officials said several American scientists were told in August that Iraq might have obtained the mysterious strain from Nelja N. Maltseva, a virologist who worked for more than 30 years at the Research Institute for Viral Preparations in Moscow before her death two years ago. The information came to...
  • Iraqi germ plant active

    03/27/2003 7:05:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 18 replies · 253+ views
    Washington Times via the FREEDOM NEWS ^ | August, 2002 | By Bill Gertz
    War on Iraq Iraqi germ plant active By Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES [mirror site] U.S. intelligence agencies spotted activity at an Iraqi factory last week that is increasing fears that Saddam Hussein is advancing his germ-weapons program, The Washington Times has learned. A convoy of about 60 trucks was photographed by a U.S. spy satellite at a known biological weapons facility near Taji last week, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The trucks were seen at a site identified as a biological weapons facility once called the Taji Single Cell Protein Plant, located about six miles northwest of Baghdad....
  • Bush approves nuclear response (If Allied forces are attacked by Chemical Weapons)!

    03/25/2003 1:17:01 PM PST · by vannrox · 174 replies · 408+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2003 | By Nicholas Kralev
    <p>A classified document signed by President Bush specifically allows for the use of nuclear weapons in response to biological or chemical attacks. Apparently changing a decades-old U.S. policy of deliberate ambiguity, it was learned by The Washington Times.</p> <p>The United States will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force including potentially nuclear weapons to the use of [weapons of mass destruction] against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies, the document, National Security Presidential Directive 17, set out on Sept. 14 last year.</p>
  • A List of all known "Cold War" Nuclear Bunkers and Subterranean Complexes in the UK. {Interesting!)

    03/23/2003 8:03:01 PM PST · by vannrox · 7 replies · 102,640+ views
    Subterranean Britannica ^ | FR Post 3-23-2003 | Various
    Site Records WarningFew of these sites are open to the public. Attempting to gain unauthorised access is trespass. Often it is very dangerous too: on more than one occasion people have died in the process. If you attempt to enter a defence related site, even an apparently unused one, you should expect an unpleasant encounter with military police. Please do not pester site owners to gain access. This causes irritation to many of them and makes Sub Brit's task more difficult. Instead, please join one of the specialist societies that can organise visits properly. Sub Brit is one, and...
  • IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (Complete UK Executive Summary!)

    03/23/2003 7:14:02 PM PST · by vannrox · 5 replies · 379+ views
    US State Department ^ | FR Post 3-23-2003 | Editorial Staff - UK
    British Dossier Says Iraq Has 'Military Plans' for Use of WMD The International Programs office of the U.S. Department of State conducts, develops and distributes Public Diplomacy materials in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives. Among its products and services are topical Web sites, a daily press service (the Washington File), publications, a speakers service, and overseas information resource centers. IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONTHE ASSESSMENT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Under Saddam Hussein Iraq developed chemical and biological weapons, acquired missiles allowing it to attack neighbouring countries with these weapons and persistently tried to develop a nuclear bomb....
  • The next Korean War-How a renegade police state could defeat the U.S.

    03/16/2003 4:23:05 PM PST · by vannrox · 22 replies · 474+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 1998 (FR Post 3-18-03) | By Joseph Farah
    This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit Wednesday, October 21, 1998 The next Korean WarHow a renegade police state could defeat the U.S. By Joseph Farah © 1998 A story by three officers in Airpower Journal, the professional quarterly of the U.S. Air Force portrays a turn-of-the-century scenario by which the rogue government of North Korea could cripple the United States through a combination of cyber-warfare and biological attack. There is rising concern within U.S. intelligence circles about the ability of North Korea and other renegade states to penetrate...
  • French court orders Nazi war criminal freed

    02/18/2003 7:24:04 AM PST · by vannrox · 5 replies · 443+ views
    Agence France-Presse(This story was taken from ^ | Posted: 9:01 PM (Manila Time) | Sept. 18, 2002 | Editorial Staff - MANILA
    this story was taken from URL: French court orders Nazi war criminal freed Posted:9:01 PM (Manila Time) | Sept. 18, 2002 Agence France-Presse PARIS ? A French appeals court on Wednesday ruled that 92-year-old Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon be freed from prison on the grounds of poor health, his lawyers said. Under the terms of his release, which was expected imminently, Papon must remain at home and seek court authorization to travel, lawyer Jean-Marc Varaut said, but insisted: "It is not right to call it house arrest." France's only surviving convict from World War II, Papon has...