News & Perspective

Apr 08, 2004

Apr 08, 2004

2003-04 flu season was tougher than last three

(CIDRAP News) – Looking back on the 2003-04 influenza season, federal health officials say it was rougher than the previous three seasons but not unusual for years when the predominant flu virus is A(H3N2).

Apr 08, 2004

Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood

(CIDRAP News) – More than 800 donated blood units went unused because of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in 2003, but enough infected blood escaped detection to cause six WNV cases in blood recipients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The six cases in 2003 compare with 23 reported in 2002. The 2002 cases led to the rapid development of nucleic-acid amplification tests (NATs) for WNV in blood.

Apr 07, 2004

Apr 07, 2004

USDA expects BSE rules to cost up to $149 million

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that recent regulations designed to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infectivity out of the food supply will cost the beef industry from $110 million to $149 million a year.

Apr 07, 2004

Updated primer on foodborne illness released

(CIDRAP News) – An updated foodborne illness guide for physicans and nurses was written with an emphasis on "living in the post 9-11 environment," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in announcing the book's release today.

Apr 05, 2004

Apr 05, 2004

Canada to kill 19 million poultry to stop avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials said today that 19 million poultry in southwestern British Columbia's Fraser Valley would be destroyed in a vastly expanded campaign to stop highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported today on cases of H7 influenza in two poultry workers who had contact with infected birds in the outbreak area. The two patients both had conjunctivitis and have recovered, the WHO said.

Apr 02, 2004

Apr 02, 2004

Japanese reaction to BSE proposal irks US officials

(CIDRAP News) – US officials this week proposed that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) be called on to help resolve the US trade dispute with Japan over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). But Japan, to the chagrin of US officials, reportedly plans to reject the proposal.

Apr 02, 2004

Apr 02, 2004

China, Singapore relax some SARS rules

(CIDRAP News) – China, including Hong Kong, and Singapore have begun to drop some of their procedures and safeguards related to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) after going 2 months or longer with no confirmed cases.

Apr 01, 2004

Apr 01, 2004

USDA to fund safety research for small meat plants

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture's food safety division has invited researchers to apply for grants of up to $75,000 to develop technologies to help small meat, poultry, and egg product plants meet food safety requirements.

Apr 01, 2004

Apr 01, 2004

Avian flu gone in Texas but persists in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Texas officials announced today that the state's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been eradicated, after 352 noncommercial poultry flocks in the area were found to be free of the disease.

Meanwhile, a battle with a different strain of AI in southern British Columbia continued, as Canadian officials said yesterday they had confirmed the disease on a seventh farm in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

Apr 01, 2004

IDSA urges Bayer to stop selling enrofloxacin

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is urging Bayer Corp. to comply with a proposed federal regulatory action and withdraw enrofloxacin (Baytril) from the market because of the concern that its use in poultry promotes drug-resistant bacteria.

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