News & Perspective

Dec 12, 2002

Dec 12, 2002

Some health workers, troops likely to get smallpox shots soon; public in 2004

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush tomorrow will announce a plan to begin vaccinating military personnel and front-line healthcare workers against smallpox early next year and to offer the vaccine to the public in 2004, according to reports from major news organizations today.

Dec 11, 2002

Dec 11, 2002

HHS, USDA announce new rules on use of 'select agents'

(CIDRAP News) – Following up on two pieces of antiterrorism legislation, federal agencies have established new rules on the handling of biological agents and toxins that could endanger people, crops, or livestock.

Dec 06, 2002

Dec 06, 2002

CDC expands security guidelines for labs handling dangerous pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised and expanded its guidelines for ensuring that laboratories keep dangerous pathogens from falling into the hands of terrorists.

Nov 22, 2002

Nov 22, 2002

Homeland Security law leaves HHS in control of bioterrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In passing a bill to create a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, Congress left the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in charge of most bioterrorism preparedness and civilian biodefense research programs—to the relief of medical research and public health groups.

Oct 24, 2002

Oct 24, 2002

Experts call for national plan to cope with agricultural bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – A large-scale bioterrorist attack on US agriculture would probably not lead to famine or malnutrition, but it could damage the economy, public health, and public confidence in the food system, according to a report recently released by the National Academies' National Research Council.

Oct 16, 2002

Oct 16, 2002

Contact vaccinia risk was low in 1960s but could be higher today

(CIDRAP News) – In the 1960s, the rate of vaccinia virus transmission from people newly vaccinated against smallpox to nonimmunized people was low, but the rate could be higher today because of medical differences between populations then and now, according to a new analysis by smallpox experts.

Oct 02, 2002

Oct 02, 2002

Managed care group gets CDC grant to watch patient data for signs of attack

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today it is awarding $1.2 million to a group of managed care organizations for a pilot program to monitor millions of patient records for early signs of a terrorist attack.

Sep 23, 2002

Sep 23, 2002

CDC issues how-to plan for mass vaccinations in event of smallpox outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released detailed guidelines to help state and local health departments organize efforts to vaccinate the entire population against smallpox within 10 days in case the disease re-emerges.

Sep 19, 2002

Sep 19, 2002

CDC sees no evidence of bioterrorism in spread of West Nile virus

(CIDRAP News) – In response to a US senator's speculation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence that bioterrorism has played a role in the spread of West Nile virus to and within the United States.

Sep 11, 2002

Sep 11, 2002

MMWR will post terrorism-related reports ahead of schedule

(CIDRAP News) – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will publish electronic reports related to terrorism and other public health emergencies whenever necessary instead of waiting for the usual weekly publication day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

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