(CIDRAP News) An arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $40 million worth of contracts for research to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a rare but severe complication of smallpox vaccination.
(CIDRAP News) The US Senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed "Project BioShield," a 10-year, $5.6 billion program to promote rapid development and use of drugs and vaccines to counter biological and chemical weapons.
(CIDRAP News) A recent comparative study of organic and conventionally grown produce on farms in Minnesota showed that the organic produce was virtually free of pathogenic bacteria but was more likely to have fecal contamination from manure used as fertilizer.
(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) says it can find no evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines or the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and recommended that the search for the cause of the disorder focus on other possibilities.
(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved five more laboratories to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), bringing the number of labs involved in the expanding BSE surveillance program to 12.
(CIDRAP News) Canadian authorities say further tests have shown that geese on a farm in southern British Columbia were not infected with a dangerous avian influenza virus, but test results on ducks from the same farm are still awaited.
(CIDRAP News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced a reorganization plan designed to hone the agency's ability to respond to public health threats, including terrorism, as well as chronic health problems.
(CIDRAP News) Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.
(CIDRAP News) Businesses that install systems to detect airborne anthrax should have detailed plans to follow in case the pathogen turns up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently.