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Intel Briefing – February 2013



Treatment-resistant gonorrhea threat rises in North America.
Concerned U.S. health officials suggested a halt on prescribing the only remaining gonorrhea oral antibiotic after a Canadian study found it is ineffective in 7 percent of patients.

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Defense department cracking down on hacking disclosures for defense contractors.
The National Defense Authorization Act signed on January 3 requires all defense contractors to disclose cyber-related attacks to the Department of Defense (DOD) as a part of its developing cybersecurity reporting requirements.

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Floods blamed for 16 pipeline spills.
According to a U.S. Department of Transportation report to Congress, 2.4 million gallons of crude oil, propane, and other unsafe liquids contaminated U.S. waters due to pipeline bursts caused by flooding rivers removing required riverbed above pipelines.

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FCC blames phone companies for derecho 911 outages.
The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) released a report January 10 citing major phone companies for the massive loss of 9-1-1 services during the June 2012 derecho storm in the Midwest and Mid-Atlanic, and stating that their lack of backup resources and delayed communications resulted in millions of people being unable to contact 9-1-1.

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Former fireman charged in five arsons.
A former Laflin volunteer firefighter was charged with 5 arsons after officials became suspicious when he was the only one to arrive to a house fire after dispatchers had accidentally given out the wrong address. The former volunteer firefighter also allegedly implicated himself to about 13 arsons since May 2012.

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Mexico reports bird flu outbreaks at two egg farms.
The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) announced that a previous outbreak of avian influenza serotype H7N3 was contained to two egg farms located in the central state of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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