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This Week in DC: Events

October 21, 2014 Iranian Policy Toward the Iraqi and Syrian Crises Date: October 21, 12:00pm Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC Tehran has had a longstanding alliance...

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How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands

TheWashingtonPost: The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. …read...

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Dozens Declared Free of Ebola Risk in Texas

NewYorkTimes: At least one chapter of the Ebola saga neared a close Sunday, as most of the dozens of people who had direct or indirect contact here with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man...

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WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission

WorldHealthOrganization: WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus. …read more From:: Virtual Biosecurity Center

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Army Hosts Radiological Detection System Industry Day

A pre-solicitation conference will be held Nov. 6, 2014 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Radiological Detection System (RDS) contracting effort. RDS will replace the joint services current...

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Online Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Training

The Department of Homeland Security is offering “IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas” as a free on-line training course. This course introduces students to the characteristics of a pandemic influenza,...

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Pentagon Forms Ebola Rapid Response Team for U.S.

Defense Secretary Hagel yesterday ordered his Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United...

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Nigeria Stops Ebola Spread by Taking Cues from Polio Program

When the first Ebola case was confirmed in July 2014, health officials in Nigeria immediately repurposed polio technologies and infrastructures to conduct Ebola case-finding and contact-tracing. The strategy helped quickly and successfully contain further...

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Philippine Senate OKs bill prohibiting chemical weapons

GMA NEWS – Voting 15-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to prohibit the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons in the country. Senate Bill...

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Let’s get Otter here!

CBRN Academy/Swedish Rescue Training Centre AB and Lutra Associates Limited form partnership offering improved strategy, doctrine and equipment advice and realistic training for CBRNe, Hazmat, Civil and Disaster Relief …read more From:: CBRNe World...

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CDC to deploy Ebola response team to help hospitals

CIDRAP NEWS – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established an Ebola response team to immediately deploy to any hospital that has a confirmed Ebola patient, one of several steps...

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History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery

By Gareth PorterWASHINGTON, Oct 17 2014 (IPS) Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to...

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Update: US R&D: Looking backwards to see forwards

In August the Pentagon’s second-highest official began describing a new effort to develop leap-ahead technologies that included developing a special report to serve as the guiding document for the push. That report is to...

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Chimerix Speeding Up Brincidofovir Trials for Ebola

Chimerix reported today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch a Phase 2 clinical trial of Brincidofovir for the treatment of Ebola virus. Earlier this month, Chimerix...

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Dual-Purpose Vaccines Effective Against Rabies and Ebola

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, this week announced a new license agreement aimed at advancing dual-purpose candidate vaccines to protect against rabies and...

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Sarepta’s Ebola, Marburg Drugs Phase I Results Published

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the publication of results from two single ascending-dose studies that demonstrated no clinical or toxicologic safety concerns with the company’s drug candidates for the treatment of Ebola and Marburg...

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