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Apr 30, 2002

Apr 30, 2002

Researchers: Restrict farm use of antibiotics before, but not after, human bugs become resistant

Study using a new mathematical model suggests that continued farm use of antibiotics has little further effect once a resistant strain is established in humans.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

Mass smallpox vaccination in US could cause 285 deaths

Study from the University of Michigan in the current issue of Effective Clinical Practice gives estimates of what would happen if the general population got the vaccine.
Apr 26, 2002

Additional anthrax spores found at USAMRIID didn't escape lab

Nonpathogenic anthrax spores that were found in environmental sampling at USAMRIID last weekend were in a contained laboratory, not a noncontained area as indicated previously, an Army spokesman said.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry is declining; further control steps planned

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped substantially since the inspection system known as Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) debuted in 1998, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Apr 23, 2002

Apr 23, 2002

FDA says pufferfish caught off Florida may contain neurotoxin

The FDA has warned against eating pufferfish caught near Titusville, Fla., in the wake of 10 cases of neurologic illness that have been linked with the fish since January.
Apr 23, 2002

Anthrax escapes lab room at USAMRIID; one worker exposed

Rundown on an incident that has led to enhanced environmental and occupational health procedures at the facility.

Apr 23, 2002

Apr 23, 2002

FDA says pufferfish caught off Florida may contain neurotoxin

The FDA has warned against eating pufferfish caught near Titusville, Fla., in the wake of 10 cases of neurologic illness that have been linked with the fish since January.

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 19, 2002

Foodborne bacterial disease rates dropped 23% from 1996 to 2001, CDC says

The incidence of seven commmon foodborne bacterial diseases dropped 23% between 1996 and 2001, at least in part because of new meat-processing safety rules and other federal food safety efforts in the last few years, according to the CDC.

Apr 18, 2002

Apr 18, 2002

FDA approves cosmetic use of botulinum toxin

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week endorsed a widespread cosmetic procedure by approving the use of botulinum toxin type A to temporarily smooth frown lines between the eyebrows.

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