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Czech Republic Could Help Texas Develop WMD Response Unit

The head of the Texas National Guard said yesterday that Czech soldiers from an elite WMD defense unit could assist the U.S. state in building a similar response force, the Czech News Agency reported (see GSN, June 7). Gen. Jose Mayorga said as the Texas National Guard is weighing creating a  Read More »

Pennsylvania town simulates aerosolized anthrax attack

In an ambitious test of the Strategic National Stockpile’s response plan, the city of Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, simulated the release of aerosolized anthrax this week. As part of the simulated scenario, a crop-dusting plane spread anthrax over sections of I-95, which led to the creation of a command center at the  Read More »

New vaccine strategies could safely control Rift Valley fever

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Two new approaches could form the basis for the first-ever human vaccine for Rift Valley fever, an infectious disease that threatens both farm animals and people, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research. Reported in this week’s PLoS Neglected  Read More »

Bioterror Alert System to be Created in North Carolina

A prototype alert system in North Carolina designed to warn health officials and workers of a looming bioterrorist attack could serve as a model for the rest of the United States to follow, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said yesterday (see GSN, March 3). The newly launched North  Read More »

CTR Program Awards Funds for Disease Response in Pakistan

Purdue University will use a $1.6 million grant awarded by the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program to help three organizations in Pakistan monitor and respond to infectious diseases, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced yesterday (see GSN, June 21). The five-year partnership would seek to create efficient procedures for gathering, processing and  Read More »