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Jan 20, 2012

Jan 20, 2012

US virologists ask NSABB to reconsider H5N1 decision

(CIDRAP News) – Eighteen virologists have sent a letter to the US government's dual-use research advisory board, asking members to reconsider their recommendation that two research groups redact key details about their studies on mutated H5N1 viruses.

Jan 20, 2012

USDA: Poultry inspection shift will boost safety, save money

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a plan today to spend less time visually inspecting poultry carcasses and more time checking other safety variables, saying this will simultaneously improve food safety and save money for taxpayers and poultry companies.

Jan 20, 2012

Researchers announce pause in controversial H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – Leading influenza researchers from around the world, faced with a relentless controversy over experiments dealing with potentially dangerous H5N1 viruses, today announced a 60-day pause in such research to allow time to discuss its risks, benefits, and oversight.

Jan 19, 2012

Jan 19, 2012

Three countries report H5N1 cases, deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three new H5N1 avian influenza cases from Indonesia and Egypt, one of them fatal, a day after Vietnam's health ministry announced a death from the disease, its first in nearly 2 years.

Jan 19, 2012

Review renews questions about oseltamivir benefits

(CIDRAP News) – A lengthy new analysis of unpublished clinical trial data is renewing questions about the effectiveness of the influenza drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying that although the drug shortens flu symptoms by about a day, there is no evidence that it reduces hospital admissions.

Jan 18, 2012

Jan 18, 2012

Training gaps cited in update on lab-linked Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Gaps in biosafety training likely played a role in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure that sickened 109 people in 38 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

Jan 17, 2012

Jan 17, 2012

WHO to lead talks on controversial H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official said the agency will play a role in leading discussions on issues related to controversial H5N1 avian influenza transmission studies, as more experts called for a further global discussion of the issues.


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