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Nov 10, 2010

Nov 10, 2010

Pandemic report warns against 'flu fatigue,' complacency

(CIDRAP News) – A review of several after-action pandemic assessments released today shows that earlier investments in emergency preparedness were helpful, but serious gaps such as low flu vaccination rates in minority groups and continued erosion of public health infrastructure could undermine response to the next national health emergency.

Nov 09, 2010

Nov 09, 2010

GAO: US needs better program to keep animal diseases out

(CIDRAP News) – The safeguards designed to keep diseased animals from being imported into the United States have sizable holes, and the federal agencies that oversee those safeguards need to coordinate better to improve them, says a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Nov 09, 2010

Nov 09, 2010

Cholera cases confirmed in Haiti's capital

(CIDRAP News) – Amid reports of the first cholera confirmations in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today it expects cases to surge over the coming days due to widespread hurricane flooding.

Nov 08, 2010

Nov 08, 2010

Study: Artesunate is best drug for severe malaria

(CIDRAP News) – A large clinical trial in Africa has conclusively shown that artesunate is better than quinine for treating severe falciparum malaria in children, which should cement its status as the first-line treatment for severe malaria worldwide, says a large international team of researchers.

Nov 05, 2010

Nov 05, 2010

Costco Gouda suspected in 5-state E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials and the Costco wholesale chain warned consumers yesterday not to eat a California company's raw milk Gouda cheese after a preliminary investigation linked it to a five-state Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak.

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