News & Perspective

Jul 26, 2007

Jul 26, 2007

Number of West Nile virus cases surges

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported so far this season has dramatically outpaced the number reported at about this time last summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

West Nile cases rose sharply in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – The number of illnesses related to West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States rose in 2006 for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 09, 2007

Mar 09, 2007

Automated test for West Nile screening of donors approved

(CIDRAP News) – The first fully automated test to screen donors of blood, tissue, and organs for West Nile virus (WNV) was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Feb 07, 2007

Feb 07, 2007

Proposed US budget boosts pandemic readiness, stalls biodefense capacity

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration's new budget proposes adding funds for pandemic preparedness while cutting some support for bioterrorism and local preparedness, drawing mixed reviews from national public health groups.

Nov 09, 2006

Nov 09, 2006

CDC reports 3,830 West Nile cases this year

(CIDRAP News) – Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have reported a total of 3,830 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, including 119 deaths, so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Aug 16, 2006

Aug 16, 2006

West Nile impairments can linger, study finds

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile fever may not be the benign illness it's usually considered to be, according to findings from a North Dakota research group.

Patients who have had West Nile virus infections can continue to experience troubling symptoms, even a year after their illness, the researchers found.

May 02, 2006

May 02, 2006

West Nile vaccine induces good response in human trial

(CIDRAP News) – The first published report of a phase 1 clinical trial of a West Nile virus vaccine shows promise, with 41 of 42 inoculated volunteers (98%) developing antibodies to the virus.

Mar 09, 2006

Mar 09, 2006

Study: West Nile poses small risk for pregnancy outcomes

(CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who come down with West Nile virus (WNV) infection probably run a fairly small risk of major birth defects in their babies, according to the first analysis of data collected in 16 states.

Dec 16, 2005

Dec 16, 2005

After 2004 decline, West Nile cases rose this year

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the United States rebounded slightly this year after a sharp drop in 2004, signaling that the disease is here to stay, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 29, 2005

Sep 29, 2005

1,804 West Nile cases reported this year

(CIDRAP News) – Forty states have reported a total of 1,804 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, including 52 deaths, so far this year, numbers about even with last year's pace, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

At this time last year, 1,784 WNV cases, including 56 deaths, had been reported, the CDC reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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