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Project BioShield

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.

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OIE Chief’s Downplaying of Pandemic Risk Draws Fire

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.

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Washington, DC Hospital Testing ER One Concepts

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.

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India Risks Bird Flu ‘Disaster,’ Human Cases Feared

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.

 

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Safety from tap to tongue

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.

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The Question of Quarantine

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.

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Responding to Avian Flu: It’s Not Too Late

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?

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The doctor makes House calls

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.

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Responding to the avian flu threat

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

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Food without Fear

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.

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Sikh Attack Spreads Fear Among US Sikh Population

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

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AT&T Prepared To Keep Customers Connected During Hurricane Season in Georgia

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

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