The country has been prepared for a possible bioterror attack, early enouph, since late 1998, when Greece won the Nomination for the Olypmic Gamesin 2004. It was since then, (on 1998) when Greece had been put on Prepardness program for a possible bioterror attack. The Greek Centers for Disease Control has organized and set on the alert the biological protection shield for the country,and the Gate to the Western world .
The recent regugee crisis that found Greece on its most fragile financial resistance, has been challenging seriously the country's bio security network
Theft in Ebola patients Hospital
PARIS – French police are investigating the recent theft of medical protective clothing from a hospital in Paris.
The motive for the theft is unclear but it comes amid heightened fears in France over the risk of biological or chemical terrorism following the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
The disappearance of a “limited number” of “protective clothing elements” from the Necker hospital was discovered on Nov. 18 2015, the Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris said in a statement on Saturday.
A spokeswoman for AP-HP reached by Reuters on Sunday declined to provide further details on what equipment was taken.
After the Nov. 13 attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France could face the risk of chemical or bacterial warfare in its fight against Islamist militants.
Reiterating the possible threat on Sunday, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Europe 1 radio “all possible precautions to avoid this kind of risk have been taken.
The Necker hospital is used by patients possibly suffering from the Ebola virus and as such has a large stock of protective clothing, the AP-HP statement added.
US: Keeping safe, staying secure
To keep select agents and toxins safe and to prevent them from being stolen, lost, or accidentally or intentionally released, the Federal Select Agent Program (at the request of the U.S. Congress) created a set of regulations known as the Select Agent Regulations. Registered labs are responsible for following these regulations. To ensure that this is taking place, labs must undergo regular inspections so the program can find and help fix any safety or security issues by the cdc.gov blog, June 30, 2016
A creepy report on the absence or biasing of any Regulations for safeguarding select agents in Greece comes to light. No official statement or answer on the story by Greek Authorities in charge has been made so far
Anthrax, the bacillus has been found in a Tupperware in the main Epidemiology research laboratory of the University of Athens, and this happened 15 months after the new Professor in charge of this university department had left the office. The new professor of the Department was ignoring officially the existence of the "active" biological material , until she was informed by a laboratory researcher . After that the official authorities had been notified, and at last the creepy Tupperware was spotted and then taken away by the biosafety team of top national security of the Greek Armed Forces .go the story
According to a recent study the West Nile Virus is now associated with the presence and the frequency of hybrids between molestus and pipiens forms of Culex populations at certain areas in Northern Greece "These mosquitoes are epidemiologically extremely dangerous because they feed both from birds and mammals...." Read the Greek2m exclusive story
Emerging infectious diseases can be defined as infectious diseases that have newly appeared in a population or have existed but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range, or that are caused by one of the NIAID Category A, B, or C priority pathogens. Category B pathogens are the second highest priority organisms/biological agents.
“The Greek CDC(HCDCP), in collaboration with local health agencies, has taken all immediated actions for the prevention and the entrenchment of the disease in vulnerable refugee populations”, the organisation’s Press Release
Greek Man’s Death in Greece prompts dengue scare in the country, hit also by West Nile virus and malaria, The 80 year old man from Agrinio , Western Greece, died in the hospital on August 30, and his case seems to be the first endemic infection in the country since 1920. The Greek Center of Disease Control has done the surveillance by testing the family members and villagers from htis location with Blood tests to identify any possible endemic source in Greece
Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A (including the US). You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Greece, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
The Ebola Emergency Response at the Ports of Greece . Special Note had been sent for ships sailing to Greece from Ebola affected countires
“Given that the incubation period of Ebola virus is 2-21 days, the possibility of introducing in Greece an hemorrhagic fever outbreak through the ship that sail from Ebola affected areas, is considered very likely .” “Sailing from Guinea Conracy Port, for instance”, had said the Ministry of Health Circular, |takes a travel time of 10 days." .
The Circular was released on November 3, two weeks before the Magda P incident appeared .
Clear instructions are given about the terms and conditions for the management of suspicious incident on board, and the procedures of "tracking" of contacts with other passengers or crew members, as well as the procedure for temporary isolation and transfer of an Ebola suspect incident. Find that story on our Newsblog
A Dutch tourist who had been recently on vacation on the island of Kos has been transfered in citical condition to hospital in Athens, to the intubated in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) .
The Dutch man reportedly showed severe symptoms of infectious contagious disease, and was suspected, the Greek Center for Disease Control( HCDCP/KEELPNO)President's satement for cholera infection, but results finally came out negative for cholera . His condition remained undiagnosed, and the factors that led to the contamination have been set under clinical investigation by the Greek CDC..Go to the story
It is appalling to see children with medical conditions and disabilities lying in the dirt as flies buzz around their eyes. The authorities should coordinate with humanitarian groups to ensure that people with particular needs are identified quickly and ensured access to the registration process and unhindered access to doctors. Eva Cossé ,Greece HRW specialist Human Rights Watch staff witnessed…go to story
No chemical toilets, no water AT ALL to wash hands during the night -and every night, no public water for the migrants to wash their hands during day and night, and also, public cleaning crews, even though they are officially obliged to protect the local population and the Public Health village seemed not to not exist at all, due to lack of financial resources.
In less than a month, situation worsened so rapidly, that the isle's residents woke up on a huge urine &feces open air camp, their city. A Public Health Emergency that seemed out of Control and out of Response....
Worth noting the fact that, at least, polio virus spreads through the feces , in conjuction to the fact that Syrian population is unvaccinated to Polio. And this was not the only factor predisposing the islands’ Pubic Health to communicable diseases. Pakistanis populations that arrived among others, the resource of reappearance of malaria since 2011 in Peloponnese, were camping, due to all this delay ... go to story
Have the networks of black market registration documents on the islands of Aegean, especially on the first months of the influx provided the access to Europe to Jihadists terrorists?
Lesbos Municipality , that has been struggling with the unthinkable refugees influx since May 2015 and all the summer period through till now, had been notified for possible cases of ISIS men on the island, by local residents , and also refugees that found themselves in Lesvos.
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