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Jun 20, 2003

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.

Jun 13, 2003

Jun 13, 2003

Wisconsin probes possible person-to-person spread of monkeypox

(CIDRAP News) – Wisconsin health officials confirmed today that they are investigating two possible cases of person-to-person transmission of monkeypox, but said the cases seem unlikely to be confirmed.

Jun 11, 2003

Jun 11, 2003

To contain monkeypox, HHS endorses smallpox shots, bans rodent trade

(CIDRAP News) – To contain the emerging monkeypox outbreak, federal health authorities today recommended smallpox vaccination for people potentially exposed to the disease and acted to freeze the movement of pets that may carry it.

Jun 09, 2003

Jun 09, 2003

Midwest monkeypox cases are first in Western Hemisphere

(CIDRAP News) – Nineteen human cases of probable monkeypox have appeared in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, marking the first outbreak of the disease in the Americas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Saturday, Jun 7.

Jun 09, 2003

Monkeypox outbreak probe expands to 33 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Thirty-three illness cases are under investigation in North America's first outbreak of monkeypox, 14 more than reported 2 days ago, with four cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Jun 02, 2003

Jun 02, 2003

SARS tests unreliable early in illness, WHO says

(CIDRAP News) – Available diagnostic tests for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) are not sensitive enough to reliably detect the SARS virus in the first few days of illness, a limitation that makes the disease harder to control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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