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Oct 30, 2003

Oct 30, 2003

Cats and ferrets can carry SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – House cats and ferrets can be infected with the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus and can pass it to other cats and ferrets, raising the possibility that they could also spread the virus to people, according to researchers from the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Oct 23, 2003

Oct 23, 2003

Experts offer mixed forecast on ability to detect SARS

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who met in Geneva this week agreed that any clusters of severe SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases would probably be detected quickly but that isolated cases might not be, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Oct 22, 2003

Oct 22, 2003

CDC SARS guidelines stress surveillance and containment

(CIDRAP News) – A new document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lays out a long list of recommendations for providing the rigorous surveillance and containment that are seen as the keys to controlling SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), should the disease reappear.

Oct 20, 2003

Oct 20, 2003

WHO finds no evidence of airborne spread of SARS

(CIDRAP News) – In a new report on the epidemiology of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the World Health Organization (WHO) affirms that the disease is spread by respiratory droplets, not by airborne particles.

The 35-page report, issued Oct 17, also says the risk of transmission to others peaks when a person has been sick for about 10 days and that children are rarely affected by SARS.

Oct 16, 2003

Oct 16, 2003

Chinese animal traders carried antibody to SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese investigators have found that animal traders in Guangdong Province were more likely to carry an antibody to the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus than other local groups were, supporting the belief that the virus might have come from animals.

Oct 08, 2003

Oct 08, 2003

National stockpile of SARS safety gear proposed

(CIDRAP News) – Preparations for the possible return of SARS should include establishment of a national stockpile of equipment to protect healthcare workers from the disease, a Minnesota official said at a Senate field hearing today.

Oct 07, 2003

Oct 07, 2003

Study finds SARS milder in children than adults

(CIDRAP News) – A study of 25 children who were hospitalized in Toronto for possible SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) suggests that the disease is generally milder in children than in teens and adults.

Oct 02, 2003

Oct 02, 2003

CDC: Flu shots not that useful for limiting SARS alarms

(CIDRAP News) – While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports widespread influenza vaccination, the CDC doesn't think that measure will be very helpful for limiting unnecessary worries about SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Oct 01, 2003

Oct 01, 2003

NIAID funds 11 new biodefense labs

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday announced grants to build 11 new biodefense laboratories around the country, including two that will be authorized to study the most dangerous pathogens.

Sep 30, 2003

Sep 30, 2003

NIAID report claims great progress in biodefense research

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials yesterday released a 37-page report that they say demonstrates "tremendous progress" in developing countermeasures for bioterrorism through federally funded research since early 2002.

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