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DoD Establishes Ebola Task Force

(Global Biodefense) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an internal Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Pentagon press secretary said today.

Water Safe To Drink in Ohio’s Fourth Largest City

(Associated Press) Two days after warning some 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan not to drink their tap water, the mayor of Ohio’s fourth-largest city declared on Monday that the water was now safe and took a sip.The city lifted the advisory after dozens of tests over the weekend showed an  Read More »

U.S. CDC lab inspectors may have risked public safety: documents

(Reuters) U.S. laboratory inspectors charged with protecting the public from the release of deadly pathogens were repeatedly criticized by a federal watchdog for overlooking biosafety lapses long before this year’s anthrax scare at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Newly released federal documents show that oversight gaps at the  Read More »

How New York City Simulates an Anthrax Attack

(Gizmodo) Today, New York City is mounting a large-scale simulation of an anthrax attack, the biggest emergency simulation the city has ever staged.

Ebola outbreak: We’re heading towards a catastrophe, warns top medic

(The Telegraph) The health chief leading the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has warned it was spiraling out of control towards a “catastrophic” epidemic that could engulf the region. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organisation, said the response to the disease had been “woefully inadequate”  Read More »