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Aug 09, 2002

Aug 09, 2002

Canada's first vCJD victim likely acquired disease in Britain, officials say

(CIDRAP News) – A Saskatchewan man who died earlier this summer was Canada's first victim of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), but he probably acquired the disease in the United Kingdom, Canadian health officials announced yesterday.

May 06, 2002

May 06, 2002

Camelpox and smallpox viruses called very close relatives

The close kinship between camelpox and smallpox viruses suggests that camelpox could become a threat to humans through natural processes or genetic engineering, according to researchers who sequenced the virus.

Apr 19, 2002

Apr 19, 2002

British woman living in Florida has probable case of vCJD

(CIDRAP News) – A British woman living in Florida has what appears to be the first case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) reported in a US resident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Apr 09, 2002

Apr 09, 2002

Drug-resistant Salmonella strain has long tenure in United States

A multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella that emerged as a common pathogen in the mid-1990s was present in the United States as early as 1985, according to a report from the CDC.

Mar 25, 2002

Mar 25, 2002

In simulated smallpox attack, vaccine shortage crippled national response

(CIDRAP News) – It is 13 days since the emergence of a hypothetical smallpox epidemic caused by the release of virus in three US shopping malls. Some 16,000 cases have been reported, 1,000 people have died, and the nation is running out of vaccine. Hospitals are overflowing, and federal and state officials are at odds over how to contain the epidemic.

Mar 13, 2002

Mar 13, 2002

Fruits of computer hunt for anthrax antitoxin turned over to Defense Department

(CIDRAP News) – Data on more than 300,000 proteins that may have potential as treatments for anthrax—the fruits of a project in which thousands of personal computers were used to analyze billions of molecules—have been turned over to the US and United Kingdom governments.

Feb 28, 2002

Feb 28, 2002

GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes

Note: This story was updated March 1, 2002, to include additional information about recent federal actions to prevent mad cow disease.

Feb 11, 2002

Feb 11, 2002

USDA launches Web site for predicting behavior of foodborne pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up a new Web site to help food scientists develop and use mathematical models to predict how pathogenic bacteria in food will behave under varying environmental conditions.

Jan 24, 2002

Jan 24, 2002

Global network of personal computers to hunt for anthrax antidote

(CIDRAP News) – British and American scientists have teamed up with several technology corporations in seeking to enlist personal-computer (PC) owners from around the world in the hunt for a molecule that can keep the anthrax toxin out of human cells.

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