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Jan 06, 2005

Jan 06, 2005

Rare hamster-related case of tularemia reported

(CIDRAP News) – A 3-year-old Colorado boy fell ill with tularemia after a bite from a pet hamster last year in the first documented case of its kind in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jan 07, 2005

Jan 07, 2005

FLU SERIES Toddler vaccinations a bright spot in flu season

(CIDRAP News) – The new recommendation to vaccinate children between 6 and 23 months old could have been lost in the hubbub of the influenza vaccine shortage this season. Yet authorities are terming this year's vaccination rates a success story.

Jan 10, 2005

Jan 10, 2005

Canadian BSE probe suggests 38 cattle at risk

(CIDRAP News) – Investigators of Canada's second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) have determined that 38 cattle might have been exposed to the same feed as the infected cow and that one of those was exported to the United States.

Jan 11, 2005

Jan 11, 2005

Canada reports third BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Canada today reported its third confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), just 9 days after confirming its second case.

The case was in an Alberta beef cow just under 7 years old, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said. "No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed systems," the agency said.

Jan 19, 2005

Jan 19, 2005

Smallpox exercise shows shortages of vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A recent exercise that confronted international leaders with a hypothetical smallpox attack showed the potential for tensions between countries that have enough smallpox vaccine and those that don't, according to news reports.

Jan 21, 2005

Jan 21, 2005

Smuggled animals may bring disease

(CIDRAP News) – The next infectious disease to enter the United States might cross the border taped to a traveler's leg or tucked snugly under a tourist's hat.

Smuggling of wild animals has always posed hazards to human health, but the stakes may be getting higher today, given the role of animal hosts in lethal outbreaks such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and avian influenza.

Jan 27, 2005

Jan 27, 2005

Rabbit blood suspected in Boston tularemia cases

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation into how three scientists contracted tularemia from a supposedly harmless strain of bacteria appears to be pointing toward a natural source, the Boston Globe has reported.

Jan 28, 2005

Jan 28, 2005

Canada says cattle from BSE cow's birth herd pose little risk

(CIDRAP News) – Canada's investigation of its second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) recently concluded with a finding that at least 110 cattle in the infected cow's birth group died or were slaughtered before that case came to light.

Feb 01, 2005

Feb 01, 2005

Europeans confirm a first: BSE in a goat

(CIDRAP News) – Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, has been confirmed in a goat for the first time, but the finding poses little risk to consumers, European Commission (EC) officials announced Jan 28.

Feb 09, 2005

Feb 09, 2005

FDA panel favors new BSE-related rule on blood donations

(CIDRAP News) – To help prevent the spread of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United States, a federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that anyone who received a blood transfusion in France after 1980 should not be allowed to give blood.

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