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May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

CDC: Poultry-linked Salmonella outbreak lasted 8 years

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to one US poultry hatchery has continued for 8 years, illustrating both the risk that chicks can pose to children and the difficulty of ridding hatcheries of the pathogen, according to a report released yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

May 31, 2012

Early flu-vaccine production forecast: up to 149 million doses

(CIDRAP News) – As health officials take stock of a 2011-12 flu season that was lighter and later than usual, flu vaccine makers are releasing production estimates that add up to a somewhat lower total than the early estimate at this time a year ago.

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

WHO hopes for meeting on dual-use research in late fall

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) hopes to hold a meeting late this fall to discuss "dual-use" research issues raised in the controversy over publication of two studies involving lab-modified H5N1 viruses with increased transmissibility, a WHO official said today.

May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

WHA wraps up with IHR, virus-sharing updates

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Assembly (WHA) wrapped up its annual meeting May 26 in Geneva, with attendees turning their attention to several infectious disease–related topics, including implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHRs) and pandemic flu preparedness.

May 29, 2012

USDA poised to start testing beef for non-O157 E coli

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), poised to start testing beef trim for six non-O157 strains of pathogenic Escherichia coli next week, today released documents that spell out some expectations for the program and make clear that much remains to be learned about the risk.

May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

Emergency plan unveiled for major push against polio

(CIDRAP News) – Saying recent major gains in the fight against polio are at risk, global health groups yesterday announced an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to try to eradicate the disease by driving it out of its last three strongholds: Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.


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