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Jul 17, 2006

Jul 17, 2006

Anthrax in Canada kills 149 animals, infects man

(CIDRAP News) – A man is being treated for cutaneous (skin) anthrax and 36 farms are under quarantine because of livestock deaths in what has been called the largest anthrax outbreak in the history of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

The disease has killed 149 animals on the quarantined farms in northeastern Saskatchewan, according to today's update from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Jul 14, 2006

Jul 14, 2006

Canada confirms 7th BSE case; US joins probe

(CIDRAP News) – Canada yesterday confirmed its seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the second case verified this month.

Jul 14, 2006

USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that a new animal disease crisis management center will begin operating in late July at FAO headquarters in Rome, with an initial focus on H5N1 avian influenza.

Jul 13, 2006

Jul 13, 2006

Seed treatment may make sprouts safer

(CIDRAP News) – A chemical sanitizer now used in contact lens solutions and toothpaste may help solve the problem of keeping pathogens like Salmonella and Escherichia coli out of edible sprouts, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

Jul 10, 2006

Jul 10, 2006

Canada reports potential 7th case of BSE

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials announced today they are awaiting the results of confirmatory tests in what could be the country's seventh case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

Jul 07, 2006

Jul 07, 2006

Dramatic dengue spike among US tropics travelers

(CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever in US travelers to tropical regions has registered a sharp upsurge, with as many cases in 2005 as in the previous 5 years combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A report in the Jun 30 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizes the 96 cases that were reported in 2005. An accompanying editorial note says that 98 cases were diagnosed in 1999 through 2004.

Jul 05, 2006

Jul 05, 2006

Canada reports its sixth BSE case

Jul 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Canada yesterday confirmed its sixth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

Jul 05, 2006

Jul 05, 2006

HHS has enough H5N1 vaccine for 4 million people

(CIDRAP News) – In an update on pandemic influenza preparedness efforts, the federal government said last week it had stockpiled enough vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza virus to inoculate about 4 million people and enough antiviral medication to treat about 6.3 million.

Jun 30, 2006

Jun 30, 2006

Pet treats may carry Salmonella, CDC warns

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health authorities are warning that people should be careful with pet treats in the wake of a series of human Salmonella infections linked with treats made from raw salmon and beef.

Jun 28, 2006

Jun 28, 2006

Report: Flu pandemic could cut economic output 3-9%

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza pandemic would reduce the gross domestic products of the world's major economies by amounts ranging from 9% in China to 3% in Canada, according to a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE).

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