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Apr 15, 2005

Apr 15, 2005

CDC cites declines in major foodborne infections

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government yesterday announced reductions in the rates of several common foodborne bacterial infections in 2004, especially the potentially life-threatening Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Apr 15, 2005

Apr 15, 2005

Enzyme found to disrupt Ebola replication

(CIDRAP News) – The Ebola virus has yielded an important behavioral clue that could lead to a treatment for the incurable infection that kills 50% to 90% of its victims, researchers have announced.

Apr 14, 2005

Apr 14, 2005

Angolan isolation ward empty as Marburg cases mount

(CIDRAP News) – As the death toll in Angola's Marburg hemorrhagic fever epidemic reached 215, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that Angolans are refusing to report suspected cases and allow patients to be treated in isolation.

Apr 14, 2005

Apr 14, 2005

Vietnam reports 3 avian flu cases, says virus is changing

(CIDRAP News) –Vietnamese officials today announced that three more human cases of H5N1 influenza have occurred since April 2 and said the virus appears to be changing into a less virulent, faster-spreading form.

Apr 14, 2005

Inquiry leaves Boston tularemia mystery unsolved

April 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Despite 4 months of investigation, the source of bacteria that caused tularemia in three laboratory workers at Boston University remains a mystery, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has reported.

Apr 13, 2005

Apr 13, 2005

Vendor thought H2N2 virus was safe, officials say

(CIDRAP News) – The company that sent samples of the influenza virus that caused the 1957 flu pandemic to thousands of laboratories knew the identity of the virus but apparently assumed it wasn't hazardous because of its current safety classification, officials said today.

Apr 13, 2005

Apr 13, 2005

Avian flu widespread in Vietnam flocks; experts push vaccines

April 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Tests on poultry in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region show the H5N1 avian influenza virus is remarkably widespread, a finding that may bolster experts calling for a shift from culling to vaccinating birds.

Apr 13, 2005

Pandemic flu virus from 1957 mistakenly sent to labs

(CIDRAP News) – The revelation that samples of the influenza virus that caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58 were inadvertently sent to thousands of laboratories has raised fears of a new pandemic and triggered an urgent effort to destroy the samples.

Apr 12, 2005

Apr 12, 2005

WHO issues new plan for pandemic flu preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization has published a new pandemic influenza preparedness plan that puts increased emphasis on the possibility of delaying a flu pandemic to buy time for improving the world's defenses against it.

Apr 12, 2005

Silent carriers: possible culprits in avian flu transmission?

April 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although an 8-year-old Cambodian girl's death was caused by the H5N1 virus, it's not clear how she developed avian flu.

She had been in contact with infected chickens in February, "but the exposure period is too long," said Megge Miller, a World Health Organization (WHO) official in Cambodia, in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story. The girl became sick on Mar 29 and died on Apr 7, news reports said.

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