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Sep 28, 2011

Sep 28, 2011

Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak grows: 18 states, 72 ill, 13 dead

(CIDRAP News) – Seventeen more listeriosis infections, along with five more deaths, have been linked to a multistate outbreak tied to a Colorado farm's tainted cantaloupes, pushing the total to 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

Sep 28, 2011

Report: 395 mishaps at US labs risked releasing select agents

(CIDRAP News) – US government laboratories had 395 incidents that involved the potential release of select agents between 2003 and 2009, though only seven related infections were reported, according to a new National Research Council (NRC) report.

Sep 26, 2011

Sep 26, 2011

Study: Few states advance ethics guidelines for pandemics

(CIDRAP News) – Few US states have addressed ethical issues surrounding pandemic flu preparedness in recent years, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.

Also, the study authors found, states that have tackled the issues have focused rather narrowly, typically on allocating scarce hospital resources, while virtually ignoring such issues as community engagement surrounding isolation and quarantine plans.

Sep 23, 2011

Sep 23, 2011

CDC notes 72% rise in water-related outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks linked to both recreational water and drinking water have increased substantially, according to two reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which said that Cryptosporidium contamination and groundwater problems pose special challenges.

Sep 22, 2011

Sep 22, 2011

Most US adults say they intend to get flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Almost two thirds of US adults intend to get vaccinated against influenza this season, and 70% of parents plan to have their children vaccinated, according to survey data presented by health officials in Washington, DC, yesterday.

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