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Feb 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

FDA approves preliminary test for norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of what it calls the first test for preliminary identification of norovirus, intended for use in outbreaks in which there is a likely transmission pathway.

Jan 19, 2011

Jan 19, 2011

Group grades states for foodborne illness outbreak reporting

(CIDRAP News) – The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released its first report on how well states perform at reporting foodborne disease outbreaks, which they say varies greatly, with seven states earning A grades and 14 getting Fs.

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).

Mar 31, 2010

Mar 31, 2010

Study profiles another air-travel hazard: norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – To the general risks of airline travel today—overbookings, delays, and knee-crushing seats—passengers can now add another potential indignity: enduring and contracting the explosive vomiting and diarrhea of norovirus infection.

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