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2014-03-05 20:21:16

SHERBROOKE, QC, March 5, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Laboratoire M2's THYMOX Disinfectant, with its virucidal effect, allows farmers to face Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a serious disease that can afflict swine farms. THYMOX is effective against viruses such as PED The first cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, a disease currently wreaking havoc in swine farms in the United States, were recently confirmed in Canada. Laboratoire M2's THYMOX Disinfectant allows breeders to effectively...

2014-01-17 23:00:40

Fieldpoint has been selected by a farm assessment service provider as their resource management and scheduling software solution. The service management application is configurable to meet biosecurity guidelines for farmers, producers and crop growers. Toronto, ON (PRWEB) January 17, 2014 Fieldpoint Service Applications Inc. announced today that they have been selected by a farm assessment service provider to help better manage the planning and scheduling of their inspectors. The...

2013-07-01 12:27:28

Leadership Team Will Advance Industry Efforts Supporting the Development of Medical Countermeasures Against National Security Threats WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Biosecurity announced it recently elected Anders Hedegaard, President and CEO, Bavarian Nordic, and Elizabeth Posillico, PhD, President and CEO, Elusys Therapeutics, as its new co-chairs. They will represent the Alliance before the U.S. government and other agencies, to advance the development...

2013-04-30 16:28:53

BALTIMORE, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Biosecurity of UPMC in Baltimore today announced its new name: the UPMC Center for Health Security. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130425/DC02018LOGO ) Fifteen years ago, the Center started as an organization dedicated to diminishing the public health consequences of biological threats, and it will continue to work on the full range of biosecurity challenges. In recent years, the Center's focus has expanded to...

2012-12-12 12:22:36

BALTIMORE, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new book, Preparing for Bioterrorism, written by Gigi Kwik Gronvall and published by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, tells the story of some of the important biosecurity projects funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and how they left the nation better prepared to deal with bioterrorism. Each project is its own story in the book. What emerges is a history of the past decade of progress in biosecurity preparedness in communities...

2012-08-23 01:28:21

Mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV) caused 26 deaths already this year, and nearly 700 cases had been reported by mid-August according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WNV had become "old news" among the public and the media. Furthermore, funding to support research, training and education, and surveillance and vector control had waned. Now there is an urgent imperative to redouble our efforts to understand and control this dangerous virus. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic...

New Virus In Bats May Hold Key To Hendra Virus
2012-08-03 11:30:53

Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans. The new virus - named 'Cedar' after the Queensland location where it was discovered - is a close relative of the deadly Hendra and Nipah viruses. However, CSIRO's initial studies have discovered one surprising key difference - the Cedar virus does not cause illness in several animal species normally susceptible to Hendra and...

Controversial Bird Flu Research Safe To Publish
2012-04-02 07:42:20

A panel of US science research experts that had previously barred publication of research on key details of a mutant strain of H5N1 bird flu, reversed that decision on Friday, saying two papers on the research are okay to publish after all. The announcement came after Dutch and US scientists made revisions to the research, and after an extensive review by the US National Science Advisory Board for Insecurity (NSABB). The panel opposed publication of the research in December because it...

2012-03-07 09:32:00

Offsite Planning to Reduce the Public's Exposure to Radiation BALTIMORE, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report released today, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC assess offsite policies and plans that can be put in place to reduce the exposure of the public to radiation in the event of a nuclear power plant accident. Even amidst the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year that killed more than 20,000 people, it was the accident...

Bird Flu Research To Remain Unpublished For Now
2012-02-19 05:18:06

A World Health Organization (WHO) panel has ruled that a pair of studies detailing how scientists were able to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could lead to a global pandemic will not be published in the near future, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times, a 22-person panel of experts drafted by the WHO decided to extend a moratorium on the research indefinitely, announcing that scientific journals Nature and Science...