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Apr 17, 2009

Apr 17, 2009

Report calls for bolstering state, local food safety efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Part of the answer to the nation's food safety troubles lies in strengthening state and local food safety efforts and better integrating them with federal activities, according to a new report prepared by academic experts in collaboration with state and local public health groups.

Apr 16, 2009

Apr 16, 2009

15 African nations have had recent polio importations

(CIDRAP News) – As polio eradication efforts lost ground in 2008, 15 African countries bore the brunt of the spread of the disease with multiple importations of wild poliovirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its global health partners reported today.

Apr 15, 2009

Apr 15, 2009

FDA: Salmonella strain in pistachios matches illness isolate

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Salmonella strain found in early April at Setton Farms' California processing facility and said its genetic fingerprint matches the strain in at least one illness, in a child who suffered gastroenteritis after reportedly eating the firm's pistachios.

Apr 14, 2009

Apr 14, 2009

Minnesota officials link polio infection to oral vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Minnesota health officials said today that they are investigating the death last month of a Minnesotan who was infected with a polio virus strain found in the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

Apr 14, 2009

Surprising diversity found in H5N1 in Asian chickens

(CIDRAP News) – H5N1 influenza viruses found in chickens seized at Vietnam's border with China in 2008 show a surprising level of genetic diversity, suggesting that the viruses are evolving rapidly and raising questions about disease surveillance and the effectiveness of prepandemic H5N1 vaccines, according to a team of Vietnamese and US scientists.

Apr 13, 2009

Apr 13, 2009

Chicago health officials track contacts of TB-infected doctor

(CIDRAP News) - A 26-year-old pediatric resident working in Chicago was diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) on Apr 7 and might have exposed patients at three area hospitals to the disease, the Chicago Tribune reported on Apr 11.

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