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Sep 11, 2003

Sep 11, 2003

West Nile cases soared in past week

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus infected 1,067 people the week of Sep 4 to 10, more than double the number the previous week, and claimed 17 more lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far this year there have been 2,923 cases with 54 deaths, the CDC reports in the Sep 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That compares with 4,156 cases and 284 deaths last year.

Sep 04, 2003

Sep 04, 2003

Pace of West Nile cases slows, but deaths rise

(CIDRAP News) – The number of new West Nile virus infection cases decreased in the past week compared with the previous week, but the number of deaths rose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

Early detection and hospital preparedness called major SARS concerns

(CIDRAP News) – Worries about the ability to quickly detect a return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and about hospitals' ability to handle a large number of patients were two leading issues at a recent national meeting on SARS preparedness, according to a participating physician.

Aug 28, 2003

Aug 28, 2003

West Nile cases doubled in past week, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus cases in the United States this year reached 1,442 yesterday, more than double the total reported a week ago, with 21 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 14, 2003

Aug 14, 2003

Successful screening of blood donations for West Nile ongoing

(CIDRAP News) – As of June 14, all blood donations in the United States are screened for West Nile virus (WNV) through a program among US blood collection agencies (BCAs) that uses nucleic acid–amplification tests (NATs). The program and its success thus far are described in a report in the Aug 15 issue of Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report, released today.

Aug 11, 2003

Aug 11, 2003

US, Mexico ease ban on Canadian beef

Editor's Note: This article, originally published Aug 11, was updated on Aug 12 to include new information from Mexico.

Aug 05, 2003

Aug 05, 2003

Large areas of Southwest eliminated from END quarantine

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced that the quarantine for exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been lifted for Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. In addition, the quarantine zone in Southern California has been reduced by 84%, from 46,000 to 7,300 square miles, according to a press release from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Birds in the areas eliminated have been thoroughly tested, with no cases of END found.

Jul 15, 2003

Jul 15, 2003

UN commission adopts new standard for irradiated foods

Jul 15 (CIDRAP NEWS) – The United Nations' food standards body announced last week that it would allow higher kiloGray (kGy) doses for irradiating food.

Jun 12, 2003

Jun 12, 2003

Exotic Newcastle quarantine lifted in Texas, New Mexico

(CIDRAP News) – As expected, federal and state authorities have lifted poultry and bird quarantines in five counties in western Texas and southern New Mexico after concluding that exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been stamped out in the area.

Jun 04, 2003

Jun 04, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease contained in Texas, New Mexico

June 4, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – A quarantine on poultry and pet birds in the El Paso, Tex., area is expected to be lifted in the wake of a recent finding that exotic Newcastle disease (END) did not spread beyond the backyard flock where it turned up in April, according to Texas and New Mexico officials.

The quarantine was imposed on five counties in Texas and neighboring New Mexico Apr 10 after the disease was discovered in a flock in El Paso.

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