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Army suspends operations at Md. lab, others, due to anthrax probe

In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, biohazard suits hang in a Biosafety Level 4 laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. Army Secretary John McHugh on Friday, has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories, including at USAMRIID, that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other labs around the country and the world. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — Army Secretary John McHugh has suspended operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to explain and correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of other ...

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Edgewood Proving Ground lab received suspect anthrax

The Army’s Edgewood Proving Ground in Maryland  was one of nine government or commercial labs that received suspect anthrax samples, officials said. Human error probably was not a factor in the Army’s mistaken shipment of the live anthrax samples, the Army’s top ...

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PharmAthene results match other vaccine

PharmAthene Inc., an Annapolis-based company that develops biodefense products, reported that its SparVax anthrax vaccine performed as well as the currently licensed anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, in a trial using rabbits. SparVax “provided equivalent protection against lethal aerosol anthrax challenge at ...

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FDA delays PharmAthene anthrax study

PharmAthene Inc., of Annapolis, a biodefense company developing medical countermeasures against biological and chemical threats, announced that it has been notified by the Food and Drug Administration that its SparVax next-generation anthrax vaccine program has been placed on clinical hold.

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Emergent BioSolutions plans to open new facility in Mich.

LANSING, Mich. — Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is planning to open a new Michigan facility to expand production of its BioThrax anthrax vaccine to protect U.S military personnel against a leading biological weapons threat. The Rockville, Md.-based company said it could ...

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U.S. to pay $2.5M in anthrax death case

MIAMI — More than a decade after tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens became the first victim of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. government has agreed to pay his widow and family $2.5 million to settle their lawsuit, according to ...

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Scientists question anthrax attack findings

HAGERSTOWN — Three scientists say they’re preparing a research paper questioning the government’s conclusion that an Army microbiologist at Fort Detrick in Frederick was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Louisiana State University epidemiologist Martin Hugh-Jones said Monday ...

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Panel: No follow-up on anthrax suspect’s mental illness

HAGERSTOWN — A court-ordered panel of experts said Wednesday that security investigators failed to follow up on signs of mental illness that should have prevented the apparent perpetrator of the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks from working with anthrax at the ...

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Panel: FBI overstated science behind anthrax probe

HAGERSTOWN — Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review. However, the panel ...

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