Biodetection Technologies for First Responders updated, available

Tri-City HeraldApril 12, 2014 

An updated guide listing biodetection technologies and products is now available for first responders who could have to respond to incidents involving biological threats.

The report, Biodetection Technologies for First Responders: 2014, was updated by a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a news release said.

The free guide provides details on equipment, pricing and other data from peer-reviewed journals on dozens of technologies and products. The guide is available at http://biodetectionresource.pnnl.gov

More than 69,000 publicly reported incidents involving suspicious powder have occurred in the U.S. since a series of anthrax attacks in 2001. About five such incidents are reported each day across the country.

PNNL is also nearly finished with the first round of independent evaluations of biodetection technologies. Data from that work is expected to be released later this year.

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