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Sep 01, 2011

Sep 01, 2011

Probe on narcolepsy-H1N1 vaccine link finds genetic risk factor

(CIDRAP News) – A final report from Finnish health officials on the link between the 2009 H1N1 Pandemrix vaccine and narcolepsy confirmed the link, finding a greater risk than their earlier estimate and identifying a genetic risk factor in all patients.

Sep 01, 2011

Public health leaders cite lessons of 2001 anthrax attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Public health leaders, recalling and reflecting on the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 in a lengthy report released today, say the nation is better prepared to respond to such an emergency than it was 10 years ago, but their confidence is tinged with fear of slipping backward in the current era of budget cutting.

Sep 02, 2011

Sep 02, 2011

Novel H3N2 swine flu viruses infected 2 children, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – In separate instances, influenza A/H3N2 viruses circulating in swine picked up a gene from the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus and recently infected two young children, one in Indiana and one in Pennsylvania, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Sep 06, 2011

Sep 06, 2011

CDC: Blood screening test needed for tickborne threat

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the US Centers Disease for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pressing their case for a test to screen blood donors for the tickborne disease babesiosis, reporting that 162 transfusion-related cases were documented over the past three decades, most of them since 2000.

Sep 06, 2011

Sep 06, 2011

Two more children infected with novel swine flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – Two more children in Pennsylvania were infected with a novel swine influenza A/H3N2 virus that includes a gene from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus, raising the number of such infections in the state to three, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) announced yesterday.

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