News & Perspective

Sep 27, 2002

Sep 27, 2002

USDA says ground beef plants must add safety measures targeting E coli

(CIDRAP News) – Citing evidence of increased Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef carcasses, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that beef slaughter and grinding plants will be required to add safety steps aimed specifically at the pathogen.

Sep 25, 2002

Sep 25, 2002

Smallpox exposure overrules all contraindications to vaccination, CDC plan says

(CIDRAP News) – Anyone who may have been exposed to smallpox should be vaccinated against the disease, regardless of contraindications such as eczema or HIV infection, according to the mass-vaccination guide released this week by federal health officials.

Sep 23, 2002

Sep 23, 2002

CDC issues how-to plan for mass vaccinations in event of smallpox outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released detailed guidelines to help state and local health departments organize efforts to vaccinate the entire population against smallpox within 10 days in case the disease re-emerges.

Sep 20, 2002

Sep 20, 2002

Listeriosis outbreak in Pennsylvania under investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are trying to identify the source of a listeriosis outbreak that has involved at least 26 cases, with four deaths, in Pennsylvania and neighboring states in recent weeks.

Sep 20, 2002

Acambis says its smallpox vaccine worked well in second trial

(CIDRAP News) – The smallpox vaccine being produced by Acambis plc for the US government worked well in its second trial, generating a characteristic vaccinia lesion in all recipients and causing no serious adverse events, the company said this week.

Sep 19, 2002

Sep 19, 2002

CDC sees no evidence of bioterrorism in spread of West Nile virus

(CIDRAP News) – In response to a US senator's speculation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence that bioterrorism has played a role in the spread of West Nile virus to and within the United States.

Sep 11, 2002

Sep 11, 2002

MMWR will post terrorism-related reports ahead of schedule

(CIDRAP News) – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will publish electronic reports related to terrorism and other public health emergencies whenever necessary instead of waiting for the usual weekly publication day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

Sep 10, 2002

Sep 10, 2002

Value of 'syndromic surveillance' for bioterrorism unclear from post-Sep 11 experience

(CIDRAP News) – After the Sep 11 attacks in New York City, health officials quickly launched a program of syndromic surveillance—the classification and counting of emergency department cases according to whether or not they initially looked like a disease potentially caused by bioterrorism. The goal was to provide an early warning of any biological attack.

Sep 09, 2002

Sep 09, 2002

Anthrax decontamination workers should get vaccine or antibiotics, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Workers who decontaminate buildings tainted with anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) spores should be vaccinated against the disease or receive preventive antibiotic treatment, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 04, 2002

Sep 04, 2002

Smallpox vaccination decision in White House hands

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently sent a recommendation on smallpox vaccination policy to President Bush, but HHS officials still are not confirming reports that it calls for vaccinating as many as 500,000 healthcare workers.

"I can't confirm anything other than that the recommendation went to the White House," Bill Pierce, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News today.

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