News & Perspective

Jun 30, 2003

Jun 30, 2003

First responders called unprepared for terrorist attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Despite progress in the past 2 years, local emergency response agencies in the United States remain dangerously unprepared for major terrorist attacks, according to a new study by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank.

Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

Suspected SARS case in Japan ruled out

(CIDRAP News) – A Taiwanese man who was thought to have the first case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Japan does not have the disease after all, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Japanese health officials told the WHO that laboratory testing showed the man has influenza B, according to a WHO statement. The 33-year-old man arrived in Tokyo Jun 21 and experienced a high fever and other symptoms 2 days later.

Jun 26, 2003

Jun 26, 2003

Monkeypox cases declining, CDC reports

(CIDRAP News) – The number of human monkeypox cases under investigation in the United States continued to decline in the past week as 11 new possible cases were reported but 19 others were ruled out, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 25, 2003

Jun 25, 2003

WHO cancels SARS warning on travel to Beijing

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday canceled its warning against travel to Beijing, site of the world's largest SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrom) outbreak, signaling that the disease is finally under control in the Chinese capital.

Jun 20, 2003

Jun 20, 2003

ACIP: Don't broaden smallpox vaccination program now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of the risk of heart inflammation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended yesterday that the federal smallpox immunization program not expand now beyond smallpox response teams to the larger population of health workers and emergency responders.

Jun 20, 2003

CDC director confident of monkeypox containment

(CIDRAP News) – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expressed confidence yesterday that the monkeypox outbreak will be choked off.

Jun 19, 2003

Jun 19, 2003

Hepatitis A in food handlers poses tough problems, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Thousands of food handlers each year have hepatitis A and can potentially pass the disease to diners, a fact that poses tough problems for public health agencies, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 18, 2003

Jun 18, 2003

Monkeypox case count drops in Wisconsin

(CIDRAP News) – The number of suspected cases of human monkeypox in Wisconsin, where the outbreak was discovered, has begun to drop off, according to Herb Bostrom, director of the Wisconsin Bureau of Communicable Diseases.

Jun 16, 2003

Jun 16, 2003

Postal Service to test anthrax detection systems at 14 sites

(CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) is poised to test anthrax detection systems at 14 mail-processing centers around the country once first responders in the local communities feel ready to deal with an anthrax alarm, according to a Postal Service spokesman.

Jun 16, 2003

WHO cancels some China travel warnings as SARS wanes

June 16, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has canceled its travel warnings for several areas of China in response to the steady waning of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) there.

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