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MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR “treasure” helping in global fight against meningococcal disease

By   /  February 5, 2019  /  24-7, Aid, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science, Technology, Trade  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR “treasure” helping in global fight against meningococcal disease

Source: ESR ESR’s “enormous treasure” of samples from New Zealand’s meningococcal disease epidemic of the 1990s and early 2000s is expected to provide valuable clues in the global fight against invasive meningococcal disease. The importance of ESR’s collection of isolates has been stressed by a visiting expert and ESR research collaborator, Professor Martin Maiden.  A […]

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Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise

By   /  January 31, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, Australia, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Pacific, Science  /  Comments Off on Invasive meningococcal disease on the rise

Source: ESR ESR figures show the number of cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported has been increasing since 2014. While, nationally, incidence of the disease remains low, in the past year there were 120 cases reported from January 1 to December 31, 2018, with 10 deaths. That compares with 2017 when there were 112 cases […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Getting the most out of blood at crime scenes

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, Crime, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science, Trade  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Getting the most out of blood at crime scenes

Source: ESR Working at blood-stained crime scenes may not be everyone’s choice of a career, but for forensic scientists, that blood can provide important clues. ESR scientists, world leaders in the research of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA), are now working on a project that aims to ensure the interpretation of those patterns is much more […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR Masters student Kent Onesemo taking forensic skills home to Samoa

By   /  January 22, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, Auckland, CTF, Culture, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, Health, Justice, KB, law, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Pacific, Police, Science, Trade  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR Masters student Kent Onesemo taking forensic skills home to Samoa

Source: ESR ESR Masters student Kent Onesemo will soon return to his work in Samoa Police Forensics, armed with the skills and experience gained by spending time with ESR’s Drug Chemistry team. Onesemo says his ultimate goal would be to improve the reliability of forensic evidence in Samoa.   However, perhaps one of the most […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, Health, Justice, KB, law, Legal, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Police, Science  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Boost for ESR’s drug testing and surveillance work

Source: ESR ESR’s expertise in tracking new illegal drugs coming into the country will feed into an international body through the appointment of ESR toxicologist Diana Kappatos to a newly formed committee of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). Membership of TIAFT’s New Psychoactive Substances Committee will also boost ESR’s drug testing and drug […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

By   /  January 8, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, Justice, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Police, Science, Technology  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Law changes needed before testing for drug impaired drivers goes ahead

Source: ESR ESR, which runs drug tests on blood samples for a range of government organisations, says there would need to be a law change and a consensus of how screening would be done, before the introduction of a roadside test for drug impaired drivers. ESR forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical manager Mary Jane McCarthy was […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

By   /  January 3, 2019  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, Health, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: ESR offers testing in fight against synthetic drugs

Source: ESR Following more than 50 deaths in New Zealand now associated with synthetic cannabinoid use, ESR is offering a unique service to all DHBs in the country. The ESR Unidentified Substances in Emergency Departments (USED) programme provides extended drug testing on urine and blood samples for patients harmed by recreational drug use Funded by […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Sparkly bug lights up Christmas

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science, United States of America  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Sparkly bug lights up Christmas

Source: ESR A mysterious bacterium with a surprisingly seasonal sparkle has turned up in ESR’s environmental microbiology lab. The bacterium, along with an unknown fungus, has had the science team scratching their heads after the unknown arrivals were found lurking in a water sample from a domestic hot water cylinder. In a marked display of […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Best to tone down the tinsel

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, Christchurch, CTF, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science, Trade, United States of America  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Best to tone down the tinsel

Source: ESR An ESR scientist says Yuletide traditions could be contributing to a hidden tide of plastic making its way into our environment. Dr Olga Pantos says although decorating the home and office is still a much loved seasonal activity for many Kiwis – glitter in particular is finding its way into wastewater, and ultimately […]

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MIL-OSI New Zealand: Contaminated rivers highlight need for microbiological survey

By   /  December 19, 2018  /  24-7, AM-NC, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Region, CTF, Culture, DJF, English, Environment, ESR, fish, Health, KB, Media Intelligence, MIL OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Government - Public Service, Open Source Intel, Science, Trade  /  Comments Off on MIL-OSI New Zealand: Contaminated rivers highlight need for microbiological survey

Source: ESR The government’s environmental health agency, ESR, says reports of contamination in three Canterbury rivers stresses the importance of the need for a Freshwater Microbiological survey of New Zealand rivers. The independent testing by Massey University’s Institute of Agriculture and Environment, commissioned by Fish and Game was undertaken from above and below three large […]

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