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Dec 21, 2006

Dec 21, 2006

Canada reaches dead end in BSE probe

(CIDRAP News) – Government investigators were unable to determine where Canada's latest cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was born, making it impossible to tell how the animal was exposed to the disease or find other cows that might have been exposed, the Canadian government said this week.

Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Donors pledge $475 million for global avian flu fight

(CIDRAP News) – International donors at a conference in Mali today pledged US $475 million to battle H5N1 avian influenza, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Dr. David Nabarro, the UN's avian and pandemic influenza coordinator, said he was pleased with the amount, even though has been saying that $500 million to $750 million per year will be needed for the next 2 to 3 years.

Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Saudi man has third vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, but health officials believe he contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Study: Poultry most likely to bring H5N1 to Americas

(CIDRAP News) – Poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza pose the greatest risk of bringing the disease to the Americas, according to a new study by British and US researchers that challenges US efforts to detect flu in migratory birds.

Nov 08, 2006

Nov 08, 2006

Pandemic flu fighter Chan nominated to lead WHO

(CIDRAP News) – The executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) today nominated Dr. Margaret Chan, the agency's top pandemic influenza official and a veteran of the world's first confrontation with the H5N1 flu virus in 1997, to be the agency's next director-general.

Nov 01, 2006

Nov 01, 2006

Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators have turned up few solid leads in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 171 people in 19 states, but some food safety experts are suggesting that contaminated tomatoes and infected food service workers might have played a role.

Oct 10, 2006

Oct 10, 2006

Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Two botulism cases in Toronto have been linked to carrot juice from a California company, raising the number of people sickened by the juice to six, according to Canadian news reports.

Oct 09, 2006

Oct 09, 2006

Lettuce, ground beef recalls spur new E coli concerns

(CIDRAP News) – A Salinas Valley produce company recalled its green leaf lettuce yesterday because of possible Escherichia coli contamination, only 2 days after an Iowa meat producer recalled about 5,200 pounds of its ground beef for the same reason.

Oct 05, 2006

Oct 05, 2006

FDA approves 5th flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – FluLaval has become the fifth influenza vaccine licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during the upcoming flu season, the FDA announced today.

FluLaval, produced by ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec, a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has been marketed in Canada under the brand name Fluviral since 2001. It was granted fast-track review status by the FDA in July 2005.

Sep 27, 2006

Sep 27, 2006

E coli cases reach 183 in 26 states

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in a national outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach rose to 183 yesterday, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The 183 cases represent an increase of 8 since Sep 25. Ninety-five people (52%) were hospitalized, and one more case of the serious kidney condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) was reported, bringing the total to 29 (16%).

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