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GAO says USDA needs to tighten up policies at certain labs

A federal review of laboratories handling many of the most dangerous pathogens on the planet, including some that can be foodborne such as Brucella and bacterium that cause botulism poisoning, shows room for improvement. The “high-containment laboratories” are overseen by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

Colorado’s first anthrax outbreak in a generation is being investigated on a Logan County ranch, the state government has confirmed. Anthrax, an infection caused by the spores produced by Bacillus anthracis, has reportedly killed at least 50 head of cattle on the Colorado ranch.  “The risk is minimal outside the affected ranch, said said State Veterinarian, Dr…. Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Moving Plum Island

Usually you risk getting arrested if you go some place where they want to see you naked and fondle you, but now you just have to go to the airport. All the uproar in the last week about the Transportation Security Agency’s (TSA’s) bonehead screening policies had me thinking that this must be happening to… Continue Reading

Anthrax Links Heroin Deaths In UK & Germany

The deaths of two heroin users, a recent one in England and another one last December in Germany, may be linked by anthrax. Tests carried out at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI) on the strain of anthrax isolated from a heroin user who… Continue Reading

Anthrax Warnings for UK Heroin Users

Both England and Scotland since December have recorded cases of anthrax where the source is believed to be heroin or a contaminated cutting agent mixed with heroin. There is no evidence of any person-to-person or airborne transmission, according to both the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the National Health Service (NHS). Anthrax is an infectious… Continue Reading