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ASA 06-2, Issue No. 113, April 16, 2006

Selected Abstracts of papers to be given at CBMTS VI:

The Spread of H5N1 Infection among Human in Indonesia, 2005

Erna Tresnaningsiha, National Institute of Health Research and Development, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Background. The widespread epizootic of avian influenza A (H5N1) among poultry has been followed by human cases in several countries — mainly in Asia — killing more than 80 people. In Indonesia, this highly pathogenic virus has spread to more than two-thirds of the provinces, killing millions of poultry since late 2003. The first H5N1 case was reported in July 2005 and since then subsequent cases continued to be reported with no sign of diminution yet.

Methods. As the national referral laboratory for avian influenza in the country, based on hospital reports, we investigated suspected avian influenza cases in which we collected and analyzed clinical, epidemiological and laboratory data.

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Some Important Meetings for Professionals - inside this issue:

1. 30 April - 05 May “CBMTS VI: The Program”. Representatives from 36 countries will meet at the SPIEZ LABORATORY, Switzerland to present their work across the CBRNE medical spectrum with a special interest in the public health sector to include H5N1. See page 6.

2. 27 August - 01 September “International Society Respiratory Protection (ISRP) 13th Biannual International Conference Respiratory Protection” Toronto. See page 27.

3. 27 November - 01 December “SISPAT V” in conjunction with the 1st International Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Operations Conference, brings together scientists, planners, responders and public health professionals. See page 10.

4. 07-11 December “First ICBPS”. Bringing together the counterparts from medium/smaller sized pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries in China and outside of China to explore working together to meet the problems in preparations and response to global challenges. See page 14.

Recent Developments in
Chemical Detection

Dr. Walter P. Aue and Fausto Guidetti SPIEZ LABORATORY, Switzerland

1. Background

          With the worldwide threat of chemical terrorism, the importance of and the need for chemical detectors has grown significantly in recent time. As a consequence, an almost unlimited variety of chemical detectors has been developed and marketed featuring an almost unlimited range of performances. Some instruments perform quite well while others are mere flops.

          The aim of this review is to identify the requirements for chemical detectors; to classify them according to different criteria; and to shed some light on the need for development and actual developments. It is a continuation of a review written four years ago on the detection of chemical warfare agents and other toxic chemicals [1].


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an inside look at ASA 06-2

The Professional Library
US Army Research Institute Chemical Defense
CBMTS VI: The Program


DMERI, Singapore: organizational changes
US Army Medical Defense BioScience Review
EuroSatory 2006
The First ICBPS - Beijing
Deadly Cultures: BW Since 1945
Assessing the BW/Bioterrorism Threat
NIAID Category A, B & C Priority Pathogens
BAA: Development of Therapeutic Agents
GAO Reports 25
ISRP meets in Toronto - September 2006
Bulgarian Clinical Toxicology Assoc. Meeting
Industry Notes
Recent Contracts

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