News & Perspective

Feb 06, 2002

Feb 06, 2002

Proposed 2003 HHS budget includes a 45% boost in bioterrorism-related spending

(CIDRAP News) – The proposed 2003 budget for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features a 45% increase in spending for bioterrorism preparedness, with research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accounting for much of the increase.

Feb 05, 2002

Feb 05, 2002

Trace of anthrax found at FCC facility points to cross-contaminated mail

(CIDRAP News) – Testing has shown that anthrax found in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mail-processing facility in Maryland last week was a tiny amount that probably came from cross-contaminated mail, the FCC announced yesterday.

Feb 01, 2002

Feb 01, 2002

HHS announces states' shares of bioterrorism preparedness funds

(CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson yesterday detailed each state's share of more than $1 billion in bioterrorism preparedness funding and said states can start spending the first 20% of their shares immediately.

Jan 31, 2002

Jan 31, 2002

Bioterrorist attack likely would force rationing of medical care, says CDC physician

(CIDRAP News) – A bioterrorist attack that caused mass casualties would very likely lead to shortages of medical resources, so preparedness planning must include a careful look at how to ration those resources fairly, an emergency medicine specialist told a conference audience in Minneapolis this week.

Jan 28, 2002

Jan 28, 2002

HHS to release $200 million in bioterrorism preparedness funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon release about 20% of the $1 billion in bioterrorism preparedness funding that is slated to go to states this year, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Jan 25.

Jan 25, 2002

Jan 25, 2002

CDC to evaluate anthrax postexposure treatment through interviews

(CIDRAP News) – Thousands of people who were potentially exposed to anthrax last fall will be interviewed over the next 8 weeks to assess the results of their postexposure antibiotic treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.

Jan 18, 2002

Jan 18, 2002

Military concerned over possible link between anthrax vaccine and birth defects

(CIDRAP News) – A preliminary study linking anthrax vaccinations in pregnant women with an increased risk of birth defects in their babies has prompted the US military to step up efforts to prevent immunization of pregnant women.

Jan 18, 2002

Jan 18, 2002

Survey finds no link between foodborne-illness risk and acceptance of irradiation

(CIDRAP News) – A recent survey of more than 10,000 people in seven states found no connection between people's risk factors for foodborne illness, such as risky food-handling habits, and their willingness to buy irradiated meat and poultry, according to a report in the December Journal of Food Protection.

Jan 11, 2002

Jan 11, 2002

CDC proposing to use immune globulin as treatment for severe anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials revealed this week that they are working on a plan to use immune globulin derived from the blood of anthrax-vaccinated military personnel for emergency treatment of patients with severe cases of inhalational anthrax, if needed.

Jan 11, 2002

Jan 11, 2002

Five-state survey finds antibiotic-resistant enterococci in ground pork

(CIDRAP News) – A recent analysis of ground pork in grocery stores in five states showed that 4% of the samples contained enterococci with high-level resistance to gentamicin, an antibiotic used to treat enterococcal infections in humans. In addition, most Enterococcus faecium isolates were resistant to quinupristin-dalfopristin (Synercid), a streptogramin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by vancomycin-resistant E faecium.

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