News & Perspective

Jun 28, 2005

Jun 28, 2005

US must improve pandemic preparedness, group warns

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic influenza could kill 540,000 Americans and sicken up to 66.9 million, according to a recent report by the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Jun 22, 2005

Jun 22, 2005

Kansas has first US West Nile case of 2005

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus has made its US debut in the heartland this year, with Kansas reporting the first human case.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of one human illness, the CDC announced on Jun 20. The infection had already been found in birds, horses, and mosquitoes in 14 states this year.

Jun 16, 2005

Jun 16, 2005

Chiron shrinks estimate of flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Chiron Corp. has announced it won't be able to provide as many influenza vaccine doses as previously estimated for the coming flu season, fraying a thread in the nation's fragile vaccine supply web.

Chiron expects to supply 18 million to 26 million doses of flu vaccine in the United States this year, instead of the 25 million to 30 million doses projected in April, the company said in a news release yesterday.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Guinea Bissau struggles with anthrax outbreak in humans, cattle

(CIDRAP News) – An anthrax outbreak in the small African country of Guinea Bissau has killed 4 people and sickened more than 80.

Thirteen patients have been hospitalized, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) news release issued this month.

Jun 02, 2005

Jun 02, 2005

CDC hails Colorado's counting of flu-linked hospital cases

(CIDRAP News) – Colorado's new system for tracking hospital admissions related to influenza is a potential model for measuring the burden of serious flu complications and the severity of flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jun 01, 2005

Jun 01, 2005

WHO smallpox vaccine reserve gains support

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's (WHO's) plan to build an international emergency stockpile of smallpox vaccine drew support from member countries at their recent annual meeting in Geneva.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) "welcomed progress on WHO's work to establish a global smallpox vaccine reserve," the WHO said in a statement during the meeting, which ended last week.

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