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Oct 11, 2013

Oct 11, 2013
US Capitol building

Public health groups oppose 'mini' House bills to fund agencies

Public health groups are lining up to oppose 'piecemeal' efforts to fund federal agencies.

Oct 01, 2013

Oct 01, 2013
US Capitol building

Fed shutdown affects disease detection, food safety

Response to seasonal flu, H7N9, MERS, and other threats could be markedly diminished.

May 01, 2013

May 01, 2013

US labs progress with H7N9 studies as CDC urges readiness

(CIDRAP News) – As labs in the United States study how the H7N9 virus behaves in humans and animals, state and local health officials should dust off their pandemic preparedness plans in case the virus becomes a bigger threat, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Apr 08, 2013

Apr 08, 2013

CDC waiting for H7N9 sample to speed test kits

(CIDRAP News) – A human isolate of the novel H7N9 influenza virus from China—needed for the development of diagnostic test kits and related efforts—is expected to arrive at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within 2 days, a CDC official said today.

Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

NIH panel supports stronger safeguards for H5N1 research

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee yesterday recommended increased biosafety precautions for research involving H5N1 avian influenza viruses that can spread among mammals, a step that stems from the ongoing controversy over studies involving lab-modified H5N1 strains that show increased transmissibility in ferrets.

Jan 22, 2013

Jan 22, 2013

Select-agent safety reports find little public health risk

(CIDRAP News) – The risks in working with potentially dangerous pathogens in US labs are low to the scientists involved as well as to the general public, according to two recent reports on safety incidents.

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