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Oct 07, 2008

Oct 07, 2008

CDC funds research on public health preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Seven universities will share $10.9 million in federal funds to study the ability of state and local public health systems to respond to emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

Sep 30, 2008

Sep 30, 2008

Public health groups report emergency preparedness gains

(CIDRAP News) – Four organizations that represent many of the nation's public health officials issued a report yesterday detailing how 6 years of federal funding has improved preparedness, though serious challenges remain, such as hiring and training lab workers and local preparedness planners.

Sep 29, 2008

Sep 29, 2008

Researchers link home foreclosures to West Nile virus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Some public health officials have feared that one of the many miseries of rising home foreclosure—and the neglected water sources that follow—could be rising rates of human West Nile virus infections, and now California researchers who studied surveillance data for the Bakersfield area have confirmed the connection.

Sep 25, 2008

Sep 25, 2008

CDC awards funds for new pandemic planning approaches

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced the awarding of $24 million to fund state and local projects aimed at innovative approaches to boost the nation's readiness for an influenza pandemic.

Sep 24, 2008

Sep 24, 2008

CDC expects plentiful, on-target flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Public health and medical leaders predicted today that this year's influenza vaccine will match up well with circulating flu viruses—unlike last year's vaccine—and that plenty of doses will be available.

Sep 22, 2008

Sep 22, 2008

Report suggests refocusing US pandemic vaccine efforts

(CIDRAP News) – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggests in a new report that an increased focus on the development of vaccine adjuvants could save the US government money while improving the nation's preparedness for an influenza pandemic.

Sep 18, 2008

Sep 18, 2008

CDC airs results for new public health 'no fly' list

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a report detailing the first year of its public health "do not board" (DNB) list, a new tool designed to prohibit those with serious communicable diseases from flying into or out of the country.

Data from the first year of the program, from June 2008 to May 2008, appear today in the Sep 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Sep 12, 2008

Sep 12, 2008

Study: Hong Kong gained little from flu-related school closure

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in Hong Kong made headlines in March when they closed schools for 2 weeks to put a damper on an influenza epidemic, but a new report says the measure appears to have had little effect.

Sep 10, 2008

Sep 10, 2008

Policy group calls US biodefense progress mediocre

(CIDRAP News) – A bipartisan commission of former US government officials , in issuing a report card today on the federal government's progress toward preventing terrorist attacks with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), gave the nation a C- for its efforts to reduce the threat of bioterrorism.

Sep 02, 2008

Sep 02, 2008

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Berkeley officials enlist young flu fighters

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.pandemicpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

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