The Living Threat – BIO

Ebola Basics and the other E (Coli)

Here is a brief look at a few ‘Bios’.  HazMat responders are expected to know quite a bit about everything hazardous.  Take a look to keep ‘frosty’ on the basics.  Below, we look at Ebola vs. E. Coli, Virus vs. Bacteria. According to the CDC: Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly viral illness that is reportable to ...

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It runs beneath us – Bio waste response

Last month untreated biological waste washed up at Dockweiler Beach in Southern California. Various disgusting items from needles to condoms were part of the ‘medical waste spill’ as it was referred to in the local media. This event happened right in front of a wastewater treatment facility for the Los Angeles area.  Depending on the municipality, a sewer spill could involve ...

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Looking back, Dallas Ebola crisis showed cost of fear, value of leadership

Source: Dallas News (reposted)  by Jacquielynn Floyd Source: Dallas News (reposted)  by Jacquielynn Floyd - An out-of-date public service sign at a busy North Dallas intersection is one of few lingering reminders of the crisis that seized this city a year ago. It advises passers-by to “know the facts about Ebola” in startlingly graphic terms. Be alert to such symptoms as headaches, fever ...

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Pentagon says ‘live anthrax’ inadvertently shipped across US

Source: Fox News.com Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that “live anthrax” was shipped, apparently by accident, from a lab in Utah to as many as nine states. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren assured “there is no known risk to the general public” and said an investigation is under way. But precautions are being taken for ...

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HAZMAT called to Whitestown Amazon facility for unknown powder substance

Source: WTHR 13 News WHITESTOWN, Ind – HAZMAT crews were called to Whitestown Sunday night on reports of an unknown powdery substance at the Amazon facility there. Police were first called just before 10:00 p.m. Boone County authorities confirm the powder was found outside the building; no evacuation order has been given and no one is being treated for any ...

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Suspicious package found at Indonesian Embassy in Australia, Hazmat team called in

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/ A suspicious package with white powder found at the Indonesian Embassy in Australia’s capital of Canberra led to a Hazmat team being called in, according to media reports. The police were called about the incident at the embassy, in Yarralumla in Canberra’s south, at 10.50am local time, reported ABC News. The package contained white powder, and was found ...

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Hazmat responds to Ebola scare at south Forsyth motel

According to www.forsythnews.com SOUTH FORSYTH — A woman who had recently traveled out of the country was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth on Monday afternoon after the county’s hazardous materials and decontaminations units responded to unconfirmed reports that she exhibited symptoms of the Ebola virus. No information has been released on the woman’s identity or whether she is a Forsyth County ...

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Threatening letter with powder opened at Boulder JCC

According to 9News out of BOULDER – Boulder Fire is responding to a hazmat situation at the Boulder Jewish Community Center at 3800 Kalmia Avenue. According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a letter containing a message that said “your (sic) have enemies,” and containing a white powder was opened on Monday. The JCC called the authorities. When deputies arrived ...

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Ebola puts new focus on PPE by Health Care Providers

The arrival of the Ebola virus in the US last fall caught the healthcare community by surprise and unprepared. A single case diagnosed in Dallas, TX, followed by the cases of two healthcare providers connected to the original case, dramatically illustrated this reality. The analysis and criticism from the media coverage of those events did not help to resolve or ...

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