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May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
Capitol Hill

Senate passes Zika funds as groups brace for readiness cuts

Elsewhere, the WHO rates the Zika threat to Europe as low to moderate.

May 09, 2014

May 09, 2014
Micrograph of MERS-CoV

Saudis report 10 more MERS cases, 7 deaths

Most of the new cases occurred among young adults in Jeddah and Riyadh, half of them asymptomatic.

Aug 20, 2013

Aug 20, 2013
A lab researcher at work.

CDC funding helps states boost disease detection

The CDC today announced $75 million in grants to help states and cities respond to infectious disease threats.

Sep 12, 2012

Sep 12, 2012

CDC says West Nile activity may have peaked

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today said the worst of the nation's West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak appears to be over but warned that cases will continue to add up at a pace on track to make 2012 a record year.

Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

West Nile surge pushes supply of test kits

(CIDRAP News) – The surge in West Nile virus (WNV) infections in many states over the summer led to a temporary shortage of diagnostic test kits that at one point halted testing at some commercial and local labs and led one state to warn health providers to reserve the tests for the most seriously ill patients.

Jan 05, 2012

Jan 05, 2012

Experts say US needs better tracking of lab accidents

(CIDRAP News) – In releasing safety guidelines today for workers in medical diagnostic laboratories, a panel of experts convened by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the nation needs a system for "nonpunitive" surveillance and reporting of laboratory-acquired infections (LAIs).

Oct 01, 2008

Oct 01, 2008

FDA approves CDC's new rapid flu test

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved a new diagnostic test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can quickly distinguish seasonal influenza strains from an evolving virus that might have pandemic potential in hours rather than days.

Dec 29, 2006

Dec 29, 2006

Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.

The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.

Mar 17, 2005

Mar 17, 2005

Causes of anthrax scare still unclear as complaints fly

(CIDRAP News) – The causes of this week's anthrax alarms in the Washington, DC, area remained a mystery today as criticisms about communication and coordination by the Department of Defense (DoD) flew.

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