News & Perspective

Dec 03, 2004

Dec 03, 2004

Avian flu could cost Asia $130 billion

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza is expected to cost Asia $130 billion by 2005, according to Hur Young-joo of the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, as reported in the Dec 2 online edition of The Korea Times.

Nov 01, 2004

Nov 01, 2004

WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 "summit" meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic.

Sep 29, 2004

Sep 29, 2004

As deaths climb, experts dig in for long fight against avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – New cases of avian influenza in Southeast Asia this week have heightened surveillance, as key international health organizations ratchet up concerns about the pervasiveness of the disease

A 14-month-old Vietnamese boy who died on Sep 5 has been posthumously confirmed as a victim of H5N1 avian influenza, news reports said today.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

Flu-related hospitalizations have risen among elderly

(CIDRAP News) – The graying of America is leading to an increase in hospital stays related to influenza, according to a research report in the Sep 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Sep 21, 2004

Sep 21, 2004

Links between human and animal disease surveillance growing

(CIDRAP News) – State Public Health Veterinarian Mira Leslie, DVM, MPH, hopes to greatly expand Washington's disease surveillance network Oct 1 when she speaks at a statewide veterinary meeting.

Sep 17, 2004

Sep 17, 2004

Schwarzenegger vetoes notice requirements for irradiated food in schools

(CIDRAP News) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have required school boards to take formal action and provide detailed information to students and parents before serving any irradiated food in schools.

In a brief veto message published on the governor's office Web site, Schwarzenegger said the bill would impose needless costs on school districts.

Aug 11, 2004

Aug 11, 2004

Tularemia cases on Martha's Vineyard puzzle experts

(CIDRAP News) – A medical mystery is baffling infectious disease experts on Martha's Vineyard.

The island off Cape Cod, Mass., has had a string of mysterious tularemia cases. For the fifth summer in a row, people are falling ill with the rare pneumonic form of tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by terrorists.

Aug 09, 2004

Aug 09, 2004

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Sudan over

(CIDRAP News) – The recent Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Sudan has ended after 17 cases with seven deaths, signaling a remarkably successful containment effort, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

12 apparent Ebola cases reclassified as measles

(CIDRAP News) – Twelve of the 30 recent cases of a disease thought to be Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Sudan have been reclassified as measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Jun 18, 2004

Jun 18, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan contained

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing.

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