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Jan 13, 2011

Jan 13, 2011

UK flu may show early hints of plateau

(CIDRAP News) – British health officials said today that flu indicators show some early signs of a plateau, but they warned that the latest surveillance update covers a time when many schools and doctors offices were closed for the holidays.

Jan 19, 2011

Jan 19, 2011

Group grades states for foodborne illness outbreak reporting

(CIDRAP News) – The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released its first report on how well states perform at reporting foodborne disease outbreaks, which they say varies greatly, with seven states earning A grades and 14 getting Fs.

Feb 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

FDA approves preliminary test for norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of what it calls the first test for preliminary identification of norovirus, intended for use in outbreaks in which there is a likely transmission pathway.

Mar 04, 2011

Mar 04, 2011

New CDC guidelines profile challenge of norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes clear why norovirus is the world's leading cause of gastroenteritis and the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States.

The virus is so contagious that one food handler with contaminated hands can infect hundreds of people, the report says. Those who have had the virus may have little protection against future infection.

Mar 15, 2011

Apr 28, 2011

Apr 28, 2011

Report ranks food-pathogen pairs by disease impact

(CIDRAP News) – Most of the foodborne illnesses in the United States are caused by a fairly short list of pathogens in a limited number of foods, with Salmonella, Campylobacter, and poultry ranking high, the University of Florida's Emerging Pathogens Institute said in a lengthy report released today.

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