News & Perspective

Mar 24, 2004

Mar 24, 2004

USDA questions expert panel's view of BSE risk

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it sees a lower risk for further cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States than was described recently by an international panel of experts on the disease.

Mar 23, 2004

Mar 23, 2004

New human coronavirus reported

(CIDRAP News) – Dutch researchers report that they have discovered a new human coronavirus—a close relative of the agent of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)—that causes respiratory illness in infants and immunocompromised adults.

Mar 22, 2004

Mar 22, 2004

South Korea has new avian flu outbreak; Vietnam reports death

(CIDRAP News) – South Korea today reported its first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in more than 6 weeks.

News of the Korean outbreak came 2 days after Vietnam reported its 16th human death from H5N1 avian flu and 3 days after international animal health officials again warned Asian countries not to declare victory over the disease too soon.

Mar 19, 2004

Mar 19, 2004

USDA licenses rapid BSE screening tests

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed today that it has licensed two different rapid screening tests for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) for use in USDA laboratories.

Mar 19, 2004

Mar 19, 2004

FDA includes Fujian strain in next year's flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its recommendations for next season's influenza vaccine, calling for inclusion of the A Fujian viral strain that caused most flu cases in the United States this winter.

Mar 18, 2004

Mar 18, 2004

NIOSH certifies two gas masks for first responders

(CIDRAP News) – Two air-purifying respirators (APRs), or gas masks, have been named as the first such devices to be certified under a federal program to test masks for protecting emergency workers from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) exposures.

Mar 18, 2004

Mar 18, 2004

FDA closer to banning enrofloxacin use in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved a step closer this week to banning the use of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in poultry on the ground that the drug promotes the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can harm human health.

Mar 17, 2004

Mar 17, 2004

Benign rashes seen in first-time smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – Nine out of 250 people who received their first smallpox shots in a recent study reacted with a variety of self-limiting skin rashes, a side effect that could be mistaken for a serious reaction to the vaccine, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Mar 16, 2004

Mar 16, 2004

Thai woman dies of avian flu; China lifts quarantines

(CIDRAP News) – Thailand reported its eighth fatal human case of H5N1 avian influenza today, while China announced it was lifting quarantine orders for the last two of 49 areas affected by the disease, according to news service reports.

Mar 15, 2004

Mar 15, 2004

Mouse study raises hopes for SARS vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A study in which mice developed antibodies to the SARS coronavirus indicates that efforts to make a SARS vaccine that would trigger the production of antibodies are on the right track, according to federal health officials.

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