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Jan 08, 2004

Jan 08, 2004

DoD resumes anthrax shots after judge lifts ban

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday ordered the resumption of its mandatory anthrax vaccination program after a federal judge in Washington, DC, lifted an injunction that had halted the program Dec 22.

An order for immediate resumption of the inoculations was issued by David S. C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and was posted on a DoD Web site.

Feb 03, 2004

Feb 03, 2004

Ricin in Frist's office closes 3 Senate buildings

(CIDRAP News) – Test results announced today confirmed that a white powder found yesterday in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office was ricin, a deadly poison derived from castor beans, according to news services.

Feb 20, 2004

Feb 20, 2004

Bioterrorist attack might trigger mass mailing of antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – Under a plan currently being discussed, a major bioterrorist attack could trigger use of the mail system to deliver antibiotics from a national stockpile to homes, the US Postal Service (USPS) announced this week.

Mar 12, 2004

Mar 12, 2004

HHS to buy up to 75 million doses of new anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans today to buy up to 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine, or enough to inoculate 25 million people.

Apr 28, 2004

Apr 28, 2004

Bush administration catalogs biodefense gains, promises more

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today released a long catalog of what it considers the nation's biodefense and public health preparedness gains over the last 3 years and promised more improvements to come.

May 12, 2004

May 12, 2004

CDC advises how to respond to anthrax in workplace

(CIDRAP News) – Businesses that install systems to detect airborne anthrax should have detailed plans to follow in case the pathogen turns up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently.

May 20, 2004

May 20, 2004

Senate passes 'Bioshield' bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed "Project BioShield," a 10-year, $5.6 billion program to promote rapid development and use of drugs and vaccines to counter biological and chemical weapons.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.

Jun 10, 2004

Jun 10, 2004

USPS hopes to install 100 anthrax detectors this year

(CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has begun installing anthrax-detection systems in major mail-processing centers and hopes to have the equipment in 100 facilities by the end of this year.

After testing the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) for nearly 2 years in Baltimore, the USPS began installing the system in major processing and distribution centers in March, said Bob Anderson, a USPS spokesman in Washington, DC.

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism.

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