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Oct 18, 2010

Oct 18, 2010

CDC: Flu activity low, with all three types in the mix

(CIDRAP News) – Flu is circulating at low levels in the United States, with the 2009 H1N1 virus appearing sporadically along with H3N2 and influenza B strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its first official surveillance report of the new season.

Aug 16, 2010

Aug 16, 2010

Surge in Salmonella Enteritidis prompts egg recall

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Salmonella infections has triggered a national recall of 13 shell egg brands and an extensive traceback investigation focused on an Iowa company that reportedly produced the eggs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today.

Aug 12, 2010

Aug 12, 2010

Norovirus, poultry leading culprits in US foodborne outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Norovirus was the most common confirmed cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2007, and poultry led the list of food commodities involved, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nov 25, 2009

Nov 25, 2009

CDC warns about rise in serious pneumococcal disease

(CIDRAP News) – In a worrisome but not unexpected pandemic-related development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it is seeing a spike in serious pneumococcal disease, particularly in younger patients.

Sep 22, 2009

Sep 22, 2009

Business conference airs challenges of H1N1 vaccine campaign

(CIDRAP News) – With the second wave of the H1N1 influenza virus now hitting, much of the response toe the pandemic is focused on the development and distribution of an effective vaccine, a project that poses many challenges and uncertainties.

Jun 17, 2009

Jun 17, 2009

COMMENTARY Improving foodborne outbreak investigations on a budget

By Craig Hedberg, PhD

(CIDRAP News) – The foodborne disease surveillance system seems to be under siege. A nearly continuous series of large, multistate outbreaks of Salmonella have been associated with unexpected food vehicles over the past 3 years. Several of these investigations stretched on for weeks under the glare of increasing public anxiety over uncertain identification of the source.

Apr 14, 2009

Apr 14, 2009

Minnesota officials link polio infection to oral vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Minnesota health officials said today that they are investigating the death last month of a Minnesotan who was infected with a polio virus strain found in the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

Feb 02, 2009

Feb 02, 2009

Obama joins calls for improving US food safety regime

CIDRAP News – President Barack Obama called today for a "complete review" of the operations of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the wake of the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella in peanuts and peanut butter.

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