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Aug 12, 2003

Aug 12, 2003

West Nile rapidly invading the US

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Aug 7 that the number of West Nile cases (153) had tripled during the first week of August and that the disease appeared to be spreading rapidly across the United States. Just since that time, the number of cases has more than doubled again. In the Aug 7 telebriefing, Dr.

Sep 02, 2005

Sep 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina sparks fears of disease outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Amid the devastation left by hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf Coast, fears of infectious disease outbreaks have added to the distress. Some of those concerns are solidly grounded, while others are less so, disease experts say.

Mar 10, 2008

Mar 10, 2008

Hectic season exposes gaps in flu preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Friday's announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that influenza appears to be slowing down has left medical personnel relieved for the imminent end of a harsh flu season.

But it has also left them worried over weaknesses that the season exposed in public health's ability to anticipate flu's behavior, and over doubts raised among their patients by the flu vaccine's diminished effectiveness.

Oct 29, 2008

Oct 29, 2008

Experts stress vigilance over emerging, unpredictable diseases

See related article posted today: "US urged to launch major campaign against emerging diseases"

– WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) – Health authorities must remain alert to new and renascent disease threats, experts warned this week at an international medical meeting.

May 14, 2012

May 14, 2012

Washington, other states face pertussis outbreak challenges

(CIDRAP News) – Washington state is battling its biggest pertussis outbreak in more than three decades, and cuts in local health department budgets are among the factors reported to be complicating the state's response to the epidemic.

Nov 07, 2012

Nov 07, 2012

Meningitis outbreak investigators say quick work paid off

(CIDRAP News) – A public health investigation into an unusual fungal meningitis death in Tennessee quickly uncovered other related cases and expedited detection and treatment that probably saved lives, while drawing national attention to the problem, according to a report yesterday from some of the state officials who worked on the probe.

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