Though the $7.1 billion in funds in the initiative announced by President Bush on Nov. 1 are earmarked specifically against potential avian flu outbreaks—as opposed to deliberate acts of bioterror — they mark the second major expansion of investment by the federal government in building its national strategic drug stockpile against bio-emergencies.Keep Reading
Planners in Texas are preparing the US/Mexico border for an influenza pandemic by drawing on a unique workforce: bilingual community health Keep Reading
Disease experts and preparedness advocates reacted negatively today to comments by the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) suggesting that the risk of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus is minimal.Keep Reading
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, has launched a program in its Emergency Department to test in practice for the first time the concepts of the federally funded Project ER One initiative in a real-world emergency care setting.Keep Reading
The H5N1 virus that causes deadly avian flu has proven remarkably stable and action to curb outbreaks of the disease are highly effective, the head of the world's paramount agency for animal health said here Thursday.Keep Reading
British doctors are to be told to stop prescribing antibiotics for coughs, colds and sore throats because over-use of the drugs is fuelling the spread of killer hospital superbugs.Keep Reading
The Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Services has released a "Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza" that highlights prevention and caregiving measures people should or should not do when assisting those sick with the flu at home.Keep Reading
India's worst ever outbreak of bird flu could turn into a disaster, an official warned Tuesday, as five people were reportedly quarantined with symptoms of the virus.
Eight districts in the eastern state of West Bengal have been hit by the virus, and dead birds are being sold and locals said to be "feasting" on cheap chicken.
A vaccine that could help to control a flu pandemic has shown encouraging results in its first human trials.Keep Reading
A variety of innovative products and programs are aiming to secure America’s vulnerable drinking water supplies.
The vulnerability of drinking water supplies to terrorist attack has been a longstanding concern of homeland security, regional and municipal officials-and scientists, private companies and universities are working to close the gap.Keep Reading
For the first time, homeland security officials are facing the possibility of having to deal with large populations at risk from deadly disease. How people are protected and—if necessary, isolated—is a crucial issue that is only now getting the attention it requires.Keep Reading
The United States now has a national plan for dealing with the threat of an influenza pandemic. It puts the burden of implementation on state and local authorities. Officials are scrambling to comply—but can they do it in time?Keep Reading
The chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has arrived and begun to assess the department's preparedness capabilities for medical disasters — just as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) anticipates kicking off a new round of vaccine procurements for BioShield in February and the World Health Organization warns that 2006 could herald the rise of a global avian influenza pandemic.Keep Reading
After years of formulation, President George Bush on Nov. 1 unveiled a plan for preparing for and responding to a global pandemic unleashed by a virulent new strain of human transmittable avian flu—a pandemic that Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nation’s new pandemic czar, warned threatens the very survival of the “world as we know… Keep Reading
Long haunted by the threat of agroterrorism, authorities have been strengthening defenses against the danger to Americans’ food—but some knowledgeable experts question how effective those efforts have been.Keep Reading
NEW YORK (AP) — The killing of six worshippers at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee brought fresh worries Sunday to the half million U.S. followers of a faith whose congregants have worried about their safety since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when some began targeting adherents of a peaceful religion that stresses the equality… Keep Reading
AT&T is committed to keep its customers connected during the upcoming hurricane season – before, during and after storms – and has one of the industry’s largest and most advanced business continuity and disaster response programs to make sure its networks stay up and running. No one knows when the next tropical storm or hurricane… Keep Reading
The city of Lubbock's plan to tackle a new flu strain that emerged in spring and is expected to make the rounds this fall is not all about action.Keep Reading
Screening Partnership Program: TSA Issued Application Guidance and Developed a Mechanism to Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance – GAO testimony before Congress Keep Reading
A meteor streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, producing a blast that injured hundreds, caused minor damage to buildings and temporarily disrupted Internet communication, officials said. Read complete story here. Keep Reading