ASA 09-3, Issue No. 132, June 26, 2009

(Dr. Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack an original CBMTS member and currently Chief, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch, Office for Disarmament Affairs, The United Nations, New York, presented this paper to the 17th CBMTS meeting, the CBMTS Industry VI which took place in Cavtat, Croatia 05-10 April 2009. This paper has been updated to include the first CBTW experts' training course, which was held in Umeâ, Sweden from 25 May-05 June)

Preparing for and implementing the UN Secretary-General's mechanism for investigations of alleged use of chemical and biological weapons

Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack
UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

          Triggered by a request from any Member State, the Secretary-General is authorized to carry out investigations in order to ascertain the facts of the matter concerning the possible use of chemical and bacteriological (biological) or toxin weapons that may constitute a violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol or other relevant rules of customary international law, and to report promptly the results of any such investigation to all Member States.

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Our gratitude to Prof. Graham Pearson for sharing with us his
personal remembrances on the life and times of one of our most senior and most respected members of the NBC community, ke Bovallius.

ÂKE BOVALLIUS 1937 - 2009

Âke Bovallius, the Director of FOA-NBC Defence at Umeâ from 1984 to 1996, died in Stockholm on 26 March 2009 after a long illness. He was 71.

Âke Bovallius was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on 2 November 1937 and graduated in 1964 from the University of Stockholm as a fil kand (filosofie kandidat) - similar to a B. Sc.) in chemistry, microbiology and statistics. He then in 1965 joined the Swedish National Defence Research Establishment in Stockholm as a Research Officer working on the continuous cultivation of micro-organisms (cont.p.7 -Âke)

(Professor Dr. Elena Ryabchikova was with us in December 1994 for the first CBMTS, which took place at SPIEZ LABORATORY, Switzerland. She is one of the worldÕs leading electron microscopists, an international author and a leading authority on Ebola and Marburg as well as Smallpox and has worked extensively with the influenza virus)

Features of Pathology in Mice Experimentally Infected with Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus

Oleg S. Taranov, Elena M. Malkova, Oksana B. Gritsyk, Olga K. Demina, Elena I. Ryabchikova State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology "Vector", Koltsovo, Novosibirsk region, 630559 Russia


          Avian influenza became a new threat and has set people thinking about possibility of new influenza pandemic which may be caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus. Influenza virus H5N1 exhibited its deadly essence by taking out many millions of birds in nature and aviculture; millions of other chicks and ducks were killed to prevent spread of the epizootic.

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