(CIDRAP News) Global cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have continued to climb rapidly in recent days, reaching 1,485 today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) and various cities and countries stepped up efforts to contain the disease.
(CIDRAP News) Federal health officials revealed today that 12 people10 military personnel and 2 civilianshave had heart inflammation after getting smallpox shots, strengthening evidence that the vaccine can cause such inflammation.
(CIDRAP News) – In its second report on the civilian smallpox vaccination program, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urges the government to proceed cautiously and advises public health agencies to focus on coordination, not just numbers of people vaccinated.
(CIDRAP News) Because of heart problems that occurred in seven healthcare workers after they received smallpox shots, federal health officials say people who have heart disease should postpone the shot while investigators look for a possible link between the vaccine and heart disorders.
(CIDRAP News) An outbreak of atypical pneumonia that began in southern China last fall was probably severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the mysterious flu-like illness that has spread to 13 countries since late February, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.
(CIDRAP News) Analysts who mathematically simulated the results of a major airborne anthrax attack say that very aggressive use of prophylactic antibiotics would be the key to preventing tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of deaths after such an attack.
(CIDRAP News) Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that a previously unrecognized coronavirusa virus family associated mainly with the common coldmay be the cause of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), CDC officials announced today.
(CIDRAP News) Federal food regulators should consider asking Congress for authority to gather information about security measures at food processing plants so they can better assess industry efforts to protect food from deliberate contamination, according to a new report by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).