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May 08, 2013

May 08, 2013

WHO voices coronavirus concern; France has first case

(CIDRAP News) – France reported its first case of novel coronavirus (nCoV) illness today, while the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern over the cluster of 13 recent cases in Saudi Arabia, saying answers to the virus's many mysteries are urgently needed.

Apr 24, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

MRSA dropping in hospitals; elsewhere, not so much

(CIDRAP News) – The latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that hospitals have cut their incidence of invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in half since 2005, but the decline in community-associated MRSA infections has been far more modest.

Feb 27, 2013

Feb 27, 2013

Pandemrix-narcolepsy link reported in English children

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists have found the first evidence of a link between the 2009 pandemic flu vaccine Pandemrix and an increased risk of narcolepsy in English children, echoing previous findings in several other European countries.

Jan 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013

CDC: New norovirus strain fueling US outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – A new norovirus variant that emerged in Australia last year has been the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in United States over the past few months, and federal health officials today warned that illnesses could increase in the months ahead.

Jan 04, 2013

Jan 04, 2013

US flu activity continues to rise sharply

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity continued its sharp rise through the last week of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

"Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons," said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention in the CDC's flu division, in a CDC statement today.

Dec 28, 2012

Dec 28, 2012

Flu markers keep climbing in US and Europe

Editor's Note: The fourth paragraph was revised on Jan 2 to clarify the current situation regarding H3N2 dominance.

(CIDRAP News) – US influenza activity continued its ascent last week, judging from the high volumes of patients seeking care for the disease at doctors' offices, while flu indicators in Europe showed a clear spike, according to the latest surveillance reports.

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