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Nov 18, 2010

Nov 18, 2010

Outlook unclear as Senate debates food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – A debate on comprehensive food safety legislation continued in the US Senate today, but the bill's chances of passage remained murky as behind-the-scenes negotiations over amendments to the bill were sputtering, according to a Senate staff member.

Nov 18, 2010

Nov 18, 2010

Study: Novel H1N1 just as sensitive to summer, fall weather

(CIDRAP News) – The unusual spring emergence and summer activity of the novel H1N1 virus in 2009 led suspicions that its transmission pattern might vary from seasonal strains, but new research suggests that it was similar to seasonal H3N2 viruses.

Nov 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010

Florida confirms first cholera case

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Florida, home to the nation's largest Haitian population, today announced the state's first cholera case this year, in a woman from Collier County who had recently returned from Haiti, which is in the midst of a massive cholera outbreak.

Nov 17, 2010

Senate takes up long-stalled food safety bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate voted today to clear the way for floor debate of a major bill to strengthen federal regulation of food safety, keeping alive a chance of passage before this Congress adjourns in December.

Nov 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010

Hong Kong reports H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Hong Kong today raised its flu pandemic alert level to "serious" after an H5N1 avian influenza infection was confirmed in a 59-year-old woman who had recently traveled to mainland China.


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