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Apr 01, 2016
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CDC Zika summit draws attention to preparedness, need for emergency funds

Officials warn that lack of funds could hinder countermeasure development, battle against mosquitoes.

Dec 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

With new rules, few public health labs to handle riskiest agents

(CIDRAP News) – With tougher security requirements set to take effect next April, few state public health laboratories plan to maintain stocks of certain pathogens considered most tempting to bioterrorists, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and officials with state labs.

Aug 09, 2012

Aug 09, 2012

Meds-by-mail test reached 95% of targeted homes

(CIDRAP News) – Mail carriers reached about 95% of targeted Twin Cities addresses in a recent test of a plan to deliver antibiotics to people's homes in response to a bioterrorism attack, and some confusion about lines of authority was the main glitch, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

May 07, 2012

May 07, 2012

Twin Cities medicine-by-mail test called successful

(CIDRAP News) – Without any major hitches, mail carriers delivered empty pill bottles and fliers to about 37,000 Twin Cities area homes yesterday to rehearse part of the planned response to an anthrax attack or widespread disease outbreak, according to officials involved in the exercise.

Mar 21, 2012

Mar 21, 2012

Twin Cities to test mass delivery of emergency meds by mail

Editor's note: This story was revised on Mar 28, 2012, to correct the list of other cities that are working on medication-delivery programs similar to the one in the Twin Cities.

Aug 03, 2011

Aug 03, 2011

HHS awards grants to 5 cities for anthrax response

(CIDRAP News) – Five US metropolitan areas will receive a total of $400,000 in grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to incorporate US Postal Service (USPS) volunteers into plans to deliver antibiotics after an anthrax attack.

Aug 04, 2010

Aug 04, 2010

Twin Cities mail carriers prepare to deliver biodefense drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Mail carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul are prepared to deliver antibiotics to some of the population in the event of an anthrax attack, putting the Twin Cities at the forefront of a program to use the US Postal Service (USPS) to help blunt bioterrorist assaults, according to federal and state officials.

Apr 30, 2010

Apr 30, 2010

H1N1 LESSONS LEARNED Vaccination campaign weathered rough road, paid dividends

This is the third in a series of reports marking the first anniversary of novel H1N1 pandemic influenza. The first and second articles appeared on Apr 23 and Apr 26.

Nov 18, 2009

Nov 18, 2009

Lawmakers fault H1N1 vaccination strategy

(CIDRAP News) – Leaders of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee sharply critiqued the federal government's H1N1 vaccination strategy yesterday, saying health officials should have recommended targeting only the highest-risk groups as soon as the vaccine delays came to light.

Mar 10, 2009

Mar 10, 2009

Report says public health funding is uneven, eroding

(CIDRAP News) – US public health spending is very uneven from state to state and is eroding in the face of the economic recession, the nonprofit group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) said in a report released today.

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