News & Perspective

Jun 12, 2007

Jun 12, 2007

Many Americans confused about avian flu and food safety

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide survey indicates that many Americans have misconceptions about food safety issues related to avian influenza, researchers from Rutgers University said yesterday.

Jun 11, 2007

Jun 11, 2007

Six-state E coli outbreak blamed on ground beef

(CIDRAP News) – A recent ground beef recall has been expanded to 5.7 million pounds following the identification of 14 Escherichia coli O157:H7 cases in six states, according the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Jun 11, 2007

Another Egyptian H5N1 case reported

(CIDRAP News) – A 4-year-old Egyptian girl was reported to have H5N1 avian influenza today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a 10-year-old girl from the same area died of the illness 2 days ago.

Jun 08, 2007

Jun 08, 2007

Human antibodies protect mice from H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Antibodies gleaned from four Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza were used successfully to prevent and treat H5N1 infection in mice, suggesting that the same approach might be useful in humans, according to a recent report by an international team of researchers.

Jun 08, 2007

Asian leaders vow to share H5N1 samples as outbreaks continue

(CIDRAP News) – Health ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) nations, wrapping up a 2-day meeting in Sydney today, promised to share H5N1 avian influenza samples.

Jun 08, 2007

Egypt reports new H5N1 case

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official in Egypt today said a 10-year-old girl is being treated for H5N1 avian influenza and is in critical condition, according to news services.

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

West Nile cases rose sharply in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – The number of illnesses related to West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States rose in 2006 for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

A preparedness trifecta: Why are we missing such teachable moments?

Three very different events in the past 2 weeks underscore that pandemic preparedness fatigue may have evolved into pandemic lethargy—and important lessons are being lost in the process.

Jun 07, 2007

Why talk now? The case for communicating with employees before the pandemic arrives

Your company is preparing for a pandemic, but your employees aren't. Can that possibly make sense?

Companies have their reasons for hesitating to communicate with employees about a possible future pandemic. The four reasons I hear most often:

Jun 06, 2007

Jun 06, 2007

Physician survey shows mixed views on pandemic risk

(CIDRAP News) – Fewer than half of physicians who responded to a survey at a recent conference in Europe said they thought an influenza pandemic was very likely in the next few years, according to a report in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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