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Mar 04, 2011

Mar 04, 2011

New CDC guidelines profile challenge of norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear why norovirus is the world's leading cause of gastroenteritis and the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States.

The virus is so contagious that one food handler with contaminated hands can infect hundreds of people, the report says. Those who have had the virus may have little protection against future infection.

Dec 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010

CDC revises decade-old foodborne illness estimates

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released newer, more precise estimates of the foodborne illness burden, suggesting 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year, a rate lower than previously thought.

Oct 28, 2010

Oct 28, 2010

First clinical trial results for norovirus vaccine outlined

(CIDRAP News) – In the first clinical trial of a norovirus vaccine—in which volunteers were deliberately exposed to the common gastrointestinal virus—the inoculation reduced participants' risk of illness by 47%, according to results released recently by LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Aug 12, 2010

Aug 12, 2010

Norovirus, poultry leading culprits in US foodborne outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Norovirus was the most common confirmed cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2007, and poultry led the list of food commodities involved, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

Studies suggest benefits of monitoring viruses in mollusks

(CIDRAP News) – Two new studies on viral pathogens in oysters and other mollusks shed new light on the need for better detection methods and the type of monitoring and treatments that are needed to ensure product safety.

Over the past few years the United States and Europe have reported several outbreaks of foodborne illness, especially norovirus cases, related to contaminated oysters and other mollusks.

Jul 07, 2009

Jul 07, 2009

CDC acts to expedite foodborne data sharing

(CIDRAP News) – At the same time that the Obama Administration inaugurates new safety and enforcement standards for the agencies overseeing food production in the United States, one of those agencies—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is taking steps to improve the flow of data revealing food-safety problems.

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Guide helps homeless shelters prepare

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

Aug 24, 2007

Aug 24, 2007

New strains may be fueling surge in norovirus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Norovirus outbreaks in the United States appear to have increased sharply since the beginning of last year, probably fueled by two new strains of the gastrointestinal pathogen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

May 16, 2007

May 16, 2007

Syndromic surveillance: faulty alarm system or useful tool?

(CIDRAP News) – At first glance, the Web page looks like an overhead shot of a fantastic game board: a map—identifiably Los Angeles—sprinkled with faceted roundels in a half-dozen colors.

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