For the Professional in Government, Industry and Academia with an interest in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Disarmament and Verification; Chemical and Biological Terrorism; Emergency and Disaster Medical Planning; Industrial Health and Safety; and Environmental Protection.

ASA 03-3, Issue No. 96, June 20, 2003


The First Congress of the Bulgarian Association of Microbiologists
by Robert M. DeBell, Ph.D.

           After many years of Communist rule under the Former Soviet Union, Bulgaria appears to be a country that is enjoying its new found freedoms. Although many physical remnants such as memorials and statues remain from the Communist era, it is obvious this history is being discarded in favor of a promising future. The Bulgarians are proud people most anxious to get beyond a difficult past and show their ability to contribute significantly to the world.
            From the 1st to the 4th of May, the First Congress of the Bulgarian Association of Microbiologists was held at the Saint Petersburg Hotel in Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria, approximately 150 kilometers southeast of Sofia.. Plovdiv is rich with many ancient and historical sites including old homes dating back to the (cont. p. 7 - Bulgaria)

First Review Conference of The States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention
by John Hart SIPRI

           On 28 April - 9 May the First Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to review the operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) met to take into account any treaty-related relevant scientific and technological developments, as well as any other matters judged to require the attention of the conference.
           The beginning of the conference was devoted to the issuance of country statements. Most touched on the various outstanding implementation-related issues, such as universality, effective implementation, verification, and international cooperation and assistance activities.. The head of the Japanese delegation announced that (cont. p. 12 - CWC)

ASA is pleased to provide the following selected Abstracts from this next, exceptionally important, CBMTS meeting. These papers will cover the spectrum of the challenges the world faces in handling and overcoming chem/bio and radiological terrorism.

The CBMTS-Industry III
"Second World Congress on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism"
Dubrovnik, Croatia 6-12 September 2003
Selected Abstracts:

Brucella Species as Potential BW
Dr. P. H. Elzer (U.S.)

          Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease with potential for use as a biowarfare agent. The genus Brucella contains six recognized species including B. abortus, B. melitensis, B. suis, B. canis, B. ovis, and B. neotomae.

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CBMTS -Industry III Dubrovnik, Croatia 3
CBMTS V - SPIEZ LABORATORY in 2004 6
CBMTS Member Photos 6
GAO reports on Homeland Security 7
Jan Pascal Zanders - a new challenge 7
Ebola and Marburg Viruses - the book 11
BW non-proliferation - Almaty meeting 13
CBMTS Industry III Sponsors - a listing 14
On The Street 15
Environics 15
Protecting Food Against Bio Threats 16
Anthrax Toxin: Deadly Triumvirate 19
Anthrax and the Failure of Intelligence- book review 24
VETOXA - Swiss/Albanian demil project 25
Journal of Medical Chemical Defense 27
Industry Notes: 28
Recent Contracts 29
BioScope '03 32
 
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