News & Perspective

Oct 26, 2005

Oct 26, 2005
Moose pair

Chronic wasting disease found in moose

Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease that resembles bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), has been found in a wild moose for the first time, Colorado wildlife officials announced recently.

Oct 25, 2005

Oct 25, 2005

Idaho probes series of suspected CJD cases

(CIDRAP News) – The deaths of nine people in Idaho this year are being investigated as possible cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare, fatal brain-wasting illness.

Oct 24, 2005

Oct 24, 2005

Flu shots now open to all; officials fear fake Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza shots are not just for high-risk groups anymore, and everyone interested in a shot should go ahead and seek one out, federal health officials said today.

Oct 21, 2005

Oct 21, 2005

CDC sets rules for handling 1918 flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently reconstructed the 1918 pandemic influenza virus for research purposes, has classified the virus as a "select agent," imposing special rules on groups that handle it.

Oct 18, 2005

Oct 18, 2005

Preschoolers signal flu season, study finds

(CIDRAP News) – A study that tracked influenza cases by age-groups found that preschoolers led the annual parade of flu-related doctor visits, with sick adults following about 29 days later.

Oct 13, 2005

Oct 13, 2005

Chiron gets FDA nod to ship flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Armed with full federal approval for the first time in more than a year, Chiron Corp. says it may start shipping influenza vaccine to US distributors next week.

Chiron's first shipments since contamination problems blocked the company's vaccine shipments last year could help ease vaccine shortages caused by slow deliveries, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said.

Oct 12, 2005

Oct 12, 2005

Oyster-related illness linked to warming ocean

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of illness among cruise ship passengers in Alaska in 2004 led to the detection of disease-causing oysters about 620 miles farther north than they had ever been found before, possibly as a result of warming ocean waters.

Oct 11, 2005

Oct 11, 2005

Experts cite differences between H5N1 and ordinary flu

(CIDRAP News) – A recent and extensive review of research on H5N1 avian influenza in humans shows the illness differs from ordinary flu in several ways, besides the most obvious fact that it is far more deadly.

The report by a World Health Organization (WHO) committee says avian flu may have a longer incubation period and is more likely to cause diarrhea than typical flu viruses are, among other differences.

Oct 05, 2005

Oct 05, 2005

Scientists recreate 1918 flu virus, see parallels with H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists today reported findings that may help explain what made the 1918 pandemic influenza virus so deadly and that reveal similarities between that virus and the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in Asia.

Oct 03, 2005

Oct 03, 2005

E coli cases prompt warning on salad products

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against eating certain prepackaged Dole salad products after they were linked to 11 cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in Minnesota.

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