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Mar 31, 2003

Mar 31, 2003

Hong Kong seals apartment building to contain SARS

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to slow the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Hong Kong health officials have sealed off a large apartment building where 107 people became infected.

Mar 28, 2003

Mar 28, 2003

Military smallpox vaccinee dies of heart attack; ACIP considers options

(CIDRAP News) – A 55-year-old National Guard member died of a heart attack Mar 26, 5 days after getting a smallpox shot, a Department of Defense official reported today.

Mar 28, 2003

Mar 28, 2003

Global SARS cases reach 1,485; containment efforts grow

(CIDRAP News) – Global cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have continued to climb rapidly in recent days, reaching 1,485 today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) and various cities and countries stepped up efforts to contain the disease.

Mar 27, 2003

Mar 27, 2003

Link between smallpox vaccine and myocarditis looks more likely

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials revealed today that 12 people—10 military personnel and 2 civilians—have had heart inflammation after getting smallpox shots, strengthening evidence that the vaccine can cause such inflammation.

Mar 27, 2003

Mar 27, 2003

IOM again urges caution in smallpox shot program

(CIDRAP News) – In its second report on the civilian smallpox vaccination program, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urges the government to proceed cautiously and advises public health agencies to focus on coordination, not just numbers of people vaccinated.

Mar 26, 2003

Mar 26, 2003

Chinese pneumonia outbreak linked to SARS

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of atypical pneumonia that began in southern China last fall was probably severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the mysterious flu-like illness that has spread to 13 countries since late February, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Mar 26, 2003

Mar 26, 2003

CDC tells heart patients to avoid smallpox shot for now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of heart problems that occurred in seven healthcare workers after they received smallpox shots, federal health officials say people who have heart disease should postpone the shot while investigators look for a possible link between the vaccine and heart disorders.

Mar 25, 2003

Mar 25, 2003

Advance distribution of antibiotics called key to combating anthrax attack

(CIDRAP News) – Analysts who mathematically simulated the results of a major airborne anthrax attack say that very aggressive use of prophylactic antibiotics would be the key to preventing tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of deaths after such an attack.

Mar 24, 2003

Mar 24, 2003

New coronavirus may be SARS cause, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that a previously unrecognized coronavirus—a virus family associated mainly with the common cold—may be the cause of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), CDC officials announced today.

Mar 21, 2003

Mar 21, 2003

Federal regulators may need more authority to assess food security, GAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal food regulators should consider asking Congress for authority to gather information about security measures at food processing plants so they can better assess industry efforts to protect food from deliberate contamination, according to a new report by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

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