News & Perspective

Mar 04, 2011

Mar 04, 2011

New CDC guidelines profile challenge of norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear why norovirus is the world's leading cause of gastroenteritis and the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States.

The virus is so contagious that one food handler with contaminated hands can infect hundreds of people, the report says. Those who have had the virus may have little protection against future infection.

Mar 15, 2011

Mar 24, 2011

Mar 24, 2011

US TB rate down, but elimination still distant

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States dropped almost 4% last year to its lowest level since 1953, but the nation still fell well short of a long-standing goal of eliminating the disease by 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Mar 25, 2011

Mar 25, 2011

Flu activity declining across Northern Hemisphere

(CIDRAP News) – Most measures of influenza activity in the United States continued their gradual decline last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and similar trends were reported in Europe and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Mar 29, 2011

Mar 29, 2011

Influenza B viruses with lower antiviral sensitivity reported

(CIDRAP News) – North Carolina health officials have reported a number of influenza B isolates with reduced sensitivity to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a rare finding, but they say antivirals remain effective and there is no reason for clinicians to change their prescribing practices.

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