News & Perspective

Dec 29, 2004

Dec 29, 2004

Vietnam, Thailand continue to battle avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnam and Thailand have continued to battle avian influenza in recent weeks, with a total of 19 outbreaks reported in a dozen provinces, according to health officials of the two countries.

Vietnam has reported seven outbreaks in six provinces, while Thailand has reported 12 outbreaks in six provinces, according to information published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

SARS virus spreads to many organs

(CIDRAP News) – Although primarily associated with lung infection, the coronavirus that causes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spreads throughout the human body, Canadian researchers have found.

Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.

Dec 22, 2004

Dec 22, 2004

Japan's first human case of avian flu was minor

(CIDRAP News) – Tests have confirmed that a man who worked on a Japanese farm during an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza last February had Japan's first human case of avian flu, though he never became seriously ill, officials announced today.

Dec 22, 2004

Report: Most states still unready for bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – Most states remain unprepared for a bioterrorist attack despite 3 years of federal focus on the issue, according to a report issued by a national nonprofit organization.

Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

DoD seeks emergency approval to resume anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Defense (DoD) has asked for emergency authority to ignore a recent court ruling and resume vaccinating military personnel against anthrax because of what is described as an increased risk of attacks on US forces.

Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

Asian countries teaming up to thwart avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Overcoming the threat of avian influenza is the single most pressing agricultural and public health issue facing Southeast Asia, Singapore's minister of state for national development, Cedric Foo, said yesterday in opening a regional meeting on the disease, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Dec 20, 2004

Dec 20, 2004

Survey: a third of people think flu vaccine causes flu

(CIDRAP News) – In one of several reports on influenza vaccine last week, federal health officials reported that about a third of people who responded to a survey last winter thought that the vaccine caused flu.

Dec 17, 2004

Dec 17, 2004

Congress provides $99 million to aid flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Pushed by this year's influenza vaccine crisis, Congress recently approved $99 million to improve the nation's capacity to produce influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 17, 2004

CDC loosens restrictions on flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – To keep influenza vaccine from going to waste, the government announced today that more people will be eligible to receive flu shots starting Jan 3 where supplies are adequate.

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