(CIDRAP News) Indonesia's health ministry today announced fatal H5N1 avian influenza infections in two young people, aged 11 and 15, and said a 22-month-old girl is hospitalized with an H5N1 infection.
If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the three cases, its human H5N1 count for Indonesia will reach 132 cases with 107 deaths.
(CIDRAP News) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to hold a public meeting Apr 9 and 10 to gather major stakeholders to consider the agency's next moves in the battle against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef.
In a news release yesterday, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond said the last significant reductions in E coli contamination and related illnesses occurred early in this decade.
(CIDRAP News) Water quality officials in Colorado said today that the pathogen that contaminated the city of Alamosa's water system is Salmonellaenterica serotype Typhimurium, which they said might suggest a wild animal source of the pathogen.
(CIDRAP News) Animal health officials in Switzerland today said samples from an asymptomatic duck were positive for H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India announced a poultry outbreak in another district in West Bengal state.
(CIDRAP News) High concentrations of ducks, rice fields, and human populationsrather than chickenspose the highest risk of sparking deadly H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study.
(CIDRAP News) Recent pandemic influenza response exercises have helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) improve its tools for making policy decisions quickly, according to senior CDC officials.
(CIDRAP News) State and federal public health officials are managing two large Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contaminated groundwater that has sickened as many as 216 people in Alamosa, Colo., and another that is apparently connected to imported Honduran cantaloupe and involves 59 illnesses in 16 states and Canada.
(CIDRAP News) – A progress report released today says the US government has stockpiled enough prepandemic H5N1 influenza vaccine for 13 million people, more than double the number listed in the previous report, issued last July.
(CIDRAP News) The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently held a tabletop exercise to assess how it could best work with the news mediaincluding blogs and other online-only information sourcesto get status updates and vital health information to the American people during an influenza pandemic.