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Oct 26, 2004

Oct 26, 2004

US, Japan agree on BSE precautions for beef trade

(CIDRAP News) – US and Japanese negotiators have reached general agreement on steps for resuming their beef trade after a 10-month interruption caused by the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington state last December.

Oct 25, 2004

Oct 25, 2004

Thai teen died of avian flu; infected eagles enter Belgium

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza concerns rose on two continents today as Thai authorities announced another human death from the H5N1 strain and European officials alerted travelers about two airline flights that had carried infected eagles from Thailand to Belgium last week.

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

Illnesses tied to drinking water dropped in 2001-02

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had fewer reported disease outbreaks linked to drinking water in 2001 and 2002 than in the preceding 2 years, and they affected about half as many people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

More nasal-spray flu vaccine on the way

(CIDRAP News) – MedImmune will produce another million doses of its nasal-spray influenza vaccine, FluMist, which could free up some injectable flu vaccine for high-risk groups, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced yesterday.

Oct 22, 2004

Avian flu, euthanasia claim 80 tigers at Thai zoo

(CIDRAP News) – About 80 tigers have died or been euthanized at a Thai zoo in the wake of an apparent avian influenza outbreak that may have been caused by consumption of infected chicken carcasses, news agencies are reporting.

Thirty-two tigers have died of H5N1 avian flu at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, about 50 miles from Bangkok, and 51 more were euthanized, according to a Reuters report today.

Oct 21, 2004

Oct 21, 2004

GAO says USDA, FDA should improve food recalls

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted this week that weaknesses in the government's systems for handling food recalls increase the risk that consumers will buy and eat unsafe food.

Oct 20, 2004

Oct 20, 2004

Avian flu infected 1,000 people in 2003, Dutch report says

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza probably infected at least 1,000 people during a major outbreak in the Netherlands in 2003, many more than originally thought, Dutch researchers say.

Results of antibody tests of poultry workers suggested that at least 1,000 people were infected with the H7N7 avian flu virus, according to research conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Oct 19, 2004

Oct 19, 2004

Avian flu kills tigers in Thailand, chickens in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – A government official in Thailand said 23 tigers at a private zoo died of avian influenza after eating the carcasses of chickens believed to have had the disease, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Meanwhile, thousands of chickens have died in new outbreaks of avian flu in southern Vietnam this month, despite official statements that the disease was under control, according to news services.

Oct 19, 2004

Aventis to produce 2.6 million more flu vaccine doses

(CIDRAP News) – Seeking to calm public worries about the influenza vaccine shortage, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that Aventis Pasteur will produce another 2.6 million doses for distribution in January.

Oct 18, 2004

Oct 18, 2004

FDA lists plans for making produce safer

(CIDRAP News) – In response to an apparent increase in illnesses due to contaminated produce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released an "action plan" for reducing microbial contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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