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Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Study: Poultry most likely to bring H5N1 to Americas

(CIDRAP News) – Poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza pose the greatest risk of bringing the disease to the Americas, according to a new study by British and US researchers that challenges US efforts to detect flu in migratory birds.

Oct 10, 2006

Oct 10, 2006

Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Two botulism cases in Toronto have been linked to carrot juice from a California company, raising the number of people sickened by the juice to six, according to Canadian news reports.

Sep 27, 2006

Sep 27, 2006

E coli cases reach 183 in 26 states

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in a national outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach rose to 183 yesterday, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The 183 cases represent an increase of 8 since Sep 25. Ninety-five people (52%) were hospitalized, and one more case of the serious kidney condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) was reported, bringing the total to 29 (16%).

Sep 18, 2006

Sep 18, 2006

E coli outbreak spreads to 114 patients in 21 states

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak, apparently linked to fresh spinach, has climbed to 114 in 21 states, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today.

Aug 30, 2006

Aug 30, 2006

Tests find no H5N1 avian flu in Alaskan birds

(CIDRAP News) – No highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has turned up in any of the 13,000 wild migratory birds that federal and state officials have tested since Apr 26, the US government announced yesterday.

Jul 07, 2006

Jul 07, 2006

Dramatic dengue spike among US tropics travelers

(CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever in US travelers to tropical regions has registered a sharp upsurge, with as many cases in 2005 as in the previous 5 years combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A report in the Jun 30 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizes the 96 cases that were reported in 2005. An accompanying editorial note says that 98 cases were diagnosed in 1999 through 2004.

Jun 13, 2006

Jun 13, 2006

Hantavirus cases in 5 states may signal active year

Editor's note: A correction was made in this story on Jul 11 (2006) to eliminate errors concerning the numbers of hantavirus cases in Arizona and New Mexico since 1993.

(CIDRAP News) – Nine human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in five states were reported from January through March of 2006, which could signal an above-average risk of the disease this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 06, 2006

Jun 06, 2006

WHO confirms Indonesian H5N1 case; nurses test negative

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 15-year-old Indonesian boy who died May 30 had H5N1 avian influenza, but the agency said four nurses who had suspicious symptoms after caring for avian flu patients were not infected.

May 05, 2006

May 05, 2006

Avian flu claims another life; expert calls virus 'worst'

(CIDRAP News) – The latest human infected with H5N1 avian influenza died of the infection yesterday in Egypt, while a leading influenza expert called H5N1 the worst flu virus he has seen.

May 03, 2006

May 03, 2006

New US pandemic plan stresses local self-reliance

(CIDRAP News) – The White House today released a lengthy new plan describing how the government intends to cope with an influenza pandemic, but officials continued to stress their standard message that states and communities will have to rely mainly on themselves in that situation, with the federal government in an advisory role.

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