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Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic.

Five Observations From The CI Crisis Communications Survey

April 15, 2014 9:03 am | by Brian Gray | Blogs | Comments

Continuity Insights began reporting on the use of social media for emergency management in 2012...

U.S. Health Secretary: Nations Cannot Ignore Disease

April 8, 2014 10:49 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kathleen Sebelius, who became secretary in the midst of the 2009 swine flu pandemic,...

Ebola Outbreak 'Unprecedented'

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Doctors Without Borders' Anja Wolz talks to CNN about the effort to contain a deadly Ebola...

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5 Key #SMEM Lessons

March 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Brian Gray | Blogs | Comments

At the International Crisis & Risk Communication Conference, I delivered a presentation on the use of social media for crisis communications. The release of the Continuity Insights survey Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems is an opportunity to revisit this topic.

64 Deaths From Virus Related To SARS

March 25, 2014 9:58 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the death toll to 64 in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The statement also says that five new cases of the virus have tested positive.                 

Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems

March 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Continuity Insights Crisis Communications: Social Media & Notification Systems survey has collected three years of data, providing unique insight into recent trends and notable changes in the ways that organizations use social media and notification systems to communicate both internally and externally. Click here to read the full report. 

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Putting Twitter To The Test

March 12, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We often think of drills as face-to-face exercises, but forecasters’ recent use of Twitter for a ‘tornado drill’ demonstrates that drills have equal importance in the virtual realm — and even in social media.                                 

Saudi Arabia Reports One More Death From New Virus

March 7, 2014 10:44 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.                              

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 6, 2014 10:24 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing ... Backups in ports, hampered logistics and things of that sort is reflected in February’s production numbers." 

Promise & Peril In An Ultra-Connected World

March 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Determined hackers seem to constantly find loopholes. Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard University, said it's difficult for people to say no when presented with immediate benefits because any potential problems are vague and years away.

Survey: Brands Not Prepared To Manage Customer Complaints In Social Media

February 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by SMMU | News | Comments

Recent surveys reported in news media found that customers expect a response to a complaint posted on a brand’s social media account within one hour. The SMMU survey found that only 17.6 percent of brands strive to meet this expectation.    

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Study Reveals Companies Lack BYOD Security

February 19, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

The findings are part of a joint study conducted by ITIC, a research and consulting firm based in the Boston area specializing in conducting independent surveys tracking crucial trends and KnowBe4, a security awareness training firm.    

One More Death From New Virus

February 18, 2014 10:26 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says a Saudi man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 60 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said that the man died in a Riyadh hospital on Sunday.    

City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

The major city of Guangzhou in southern China closed its live poultry markets on Saturday for two weeks to halt the spread of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu." 

U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 13, 2014 3:27 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Germs "do not recognize or stop at national borders," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said as representatives from participating countries, the World Health Organization and other groups met to discuss plans. "A threat anywhere is indeed a threat everywhere."

SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise — Summary of Findings: 

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Want To Get The Flu? Volunteers Sneeze For Science

January 27, 2014 9:06 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses. It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. 

Bird Flu Spikes In China Ahead Of Lunar New Year

January 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

China has reported more than 50 H7N9 infections in 2014 after the strain jumped from birds to people for the first time last year. The virus remains hard to catch and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry, but scientists worry that could change if it mutates into a form that allows it to spread easily among people.

Fatal Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu Reported In Canada

January 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America. The victim was travelling from China when symptoms first appeared. Officials said the person began to feel ill on a flight to Canada from Beijing on Dec. 27.

Continuity Insights Predictions For 2014

January 8, 2014 10:10 am | Articles | Comments

As we welcome 2014, it’s time to anticipate what the new year will bring to the world of business continuity and disaster recovery. In this year's predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s most influential leaders. Continuity Insights would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year. 

Woman Dies From Bird Flu New To Humans

December 18, 2013 10:36 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 73-year-old woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the World Health Organization called "worrisome."                                                                           

Hong Kong Reports 2nd H7N9 Bird Flu Case

December 10, 2013 10:18 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China. The Health Department said that an 80-year-old man being treated for a chronic illness in the hospital was found to have the bird flu strain.

Hong Kong Reports First Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

December 3, 2013 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A 36-year-old Indonesian maid is in the hospital in critical condition, the southern Chinese financial hub's Health Secretary Ko Wing-man said. Ko said the semiautonomous Chinese city's government would step up its flu pandemic preparedness plan. 

FDA Approves Quebec-Made Bird Flu Vaccine For Stockpile Use

December 2, 2013 12:48 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has for the first time approved an adjuvanted vaccine to protect against H5N1 bird flu. The vaccine was made by Quebec City-based ID Biomedical, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccine will be placed in the U.S. government's emergency stockpile.

Saudi Arabia Reports One More Death From New Virus

November 26, 2013 9:58 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 55 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said Sunday that the 37-year-old man died in Riyadh.

Bird Flu Strain Infects Human For First Time

November 18, 2013 1:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman, a nasty surprise that shows scientists must do more to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak, doctors say.

COOP Special Smart Phone Offer

November 12, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

COOP Systems, the developer of the most advanced Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) software in the world, is making a special smart phone offer to new customers. Any new customer signing a contract by December 31st will receive free smart phone service for a year, a value of $10,000.

MERS Virus Match Found In Saudi Arabian Camel

November 12, 2013 7:36 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The ministry said a sample from the camel was tested near the home of a patient infected with the virus. An international research team in August found the mysterious virus that is related to SARS in a bat in Saudi Arabia. They suspected it was perhaps another animal that was spreading the virus directly to humans.

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