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Apr 01, 2013

Apr 01, 2013

Auditor calls for more USDA E coli testing of 'boxed beef'

(CIDRAP News) – The auditing office at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recommending that the agency close certain gaps in its pathogenic Escherhia coli testing program, mainly relating to intact cuts of meat that end up being ground into hamburger or mechanically tenderized.

Apr 01, 2013

China reports three H7N9 infections, two fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials yesterday announced three severe respiratory infections, two of them fatal, from H7N9 influenza, a subtype that has not been known to infect humans before.

Apr 02, 2013

Apr 02, 2013

H5N1 cases dropped in 2012, but fatality rate rose

(CIDRAP News) – The world registered fewer human infections with H5N1 avian influenza in 2012, but the fatality rate was a little higher than in previous years, the World Health Organization (WHO) noted in a recent review of the year's data.

Apr 02, 2013

China reports 4 more H7N9 infections

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials today reported that the H7N9 influenza virus has been detected in four more people, all in critical condition, raising the number of patients infected with the new strain to seven.

Apr 03, 2013

Apr 03, 2013

NBSB unveils situational awareness, SNS recommendations

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) today forwarded two sets of recommendations to federal departments that oversee emergency preparedness, one focused on enhancing situational awareness in health emergencies and the other on improving the nation's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) by 2020.

Apr 03, 2013

Two more H7N9 cases cited; virus may be adapting to mammals

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities reported two more human illnesses caused by the H7N9 avian influenza strain today, one of them fatal, as experts said genetic evidence suggests that the virus may be starting to adapt to mammals.

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