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Oct 01, 2008

Oct 01, 2008

FDA approves CDC's new rapid flu test

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved a new diagnostic test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can quickly distinguish seasonal influenza strains from an evolving virus that might have pandemic potential in hours rather than days.

Oct 01, 2008

Oct 01, 2008

FDA awards $5.2 million for food and feed safety projects

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced that it awarded 17 food and feed safety grants totaling $5.2 million to state and local regulatory agencies.

Oct 02, 2008

Oct 02, 2008

Study: First flu wave in 1918 was vaccine for some

(CIDRAP News) – In the influenza pandemic of 1918, those who got sick in the first wave of illness were up to 94% less likely to fall ill when the second and much more severe wave struck, according to a new analysis of historical data.

Oct 02, 2008

To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday announced a plan to supply mail carriers with antibiotics so they will be protected and prepared to deliver the drugs to others in case of an anthrax attack.

The program will start with a $500,000 pilot project involving carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which were chosen because of their extensive bioterrorism preparations, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.

Oct 02, 2008

Oct 02, 2008

WHO seeks to ease worry over upcoming flu season

(CIDRAP News) – A top influenza expert with the World Health Organization today sought to allay fears that the upcoming flu season in the northern hemisphere will be unusually severe.

Oct 03, 2008

Oct 03, 2008

Plant cancellation shows problems in flu vaccine business

(CIDRAP News) – A flu vaccine manufacturer's decision not to build a US facility has highlighted the perpetual mismatch between flu-shot supply and demand—and the reality that the mismatch may undermine plans for pandemic flu vaccines.

Oct 06, 2008

Oct 06, 2008

Trial offers hope for shortening anthrax-shot series

(CIDRAP News) – An interim report from a major study of the US's only licensed anthrax vaccine suggests it may be possible to reduce local side effects without sacrificing effectiveness by changing the injection route and using fewer doses.

Oct 06, 2008

GAO urges HHS to speed antiviral, prepandemic vaccine plans

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent progress report to Congress on federal influenza pandemic response planning, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognized a host of obstacles but cited two areas that officials could make headway on: finalizing guidance on allocating antivirals and developing guidance on how to prioritize groups to receive prepandemic vaccine in the early stages of a pandemic.

Oct 07, 2008

Oct 07, 2008

CDC funds research on public health preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Seven universities will share $10.9 million in federal funds to study the ability of state and local public health systems to respond to emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

Oct 07, 2008

Frozen breaded chicken entrees linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a public health alert about the Salmonella infection risk of eating improperly cooked chicken entrees after 32 people in 12 states got sick.

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