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Jun 17, 2011

Jun 17, 2011

WHO: South Africa battling flu; few other global hot spots

(CIDRAP News) – With the Southern Hemisphere entering its flu season, the only country to see a dramatic activity spike so far is South Africa, where the 2009 H1N1 virus is dominating and has been linked to an increase in severe infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

OIE declares rinderpest eradicated

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health delegates meeting in Paris today declared that rinderpest, a highly contagious disease in cattle and other animals, is eradicated, marking the first time humans have snuffed out an animal disease in the wild.

May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Experts: Regulatory issues are main reason for keeping smallpox virus

(CIDRAP News) – When the World Health Assembly (WHA) considers the fate of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus this week, the debate is likely to be framed in part by a report from a group of independent experts that says the only strong reason for keeping the virus is to satisfy strict regulatory requirements for new vaccines and antivirals.

Feb 23, 2011

Feb 23, 2011

CDC explores pneumococcal vaccine link to kids' febrile seizures

(CIDRAP News) – In their ongoing investigation of febrile seizures in young children who were vaccinated against flu this season, experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that they have detected a small excess risk of the condition in those who received the vaccine alongside the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Jan 21, 2011

Jan 21, 2011

Feds probe possible febrile seizure link to Sanofi flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials said yesterday they are exploring a possible link between febrile seizures in children younger than 2 after receiving Sanofi's Fluzone flu vaccine, based on a preliminary signal picked up by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) vaccine safety monitoring system.

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