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Apr 30, 2003

Apr 30, 2003

CDC adds lab criteria to SARS case definition for surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have revised their surveillance case definition for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to include laboratory findings, but the revised definition should be used only for reporting, not clinical management, officials say.

Apr 29, 2003

Apr 29, 2003

WHO lifts SARS-related travel warning on Toronto

(CIDRAP News) – With the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in Toronto cooling off, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will lift its advisory against travel to the city, effective tomorrow.

Apr 28, 2003

Apr 28, 2003

Viet Nam beats SARS, China increases containment measures

April 28, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – Viet Nam has, as of today, been removed from the list of countries with local transmission of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), meaning it has successfully contained the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Apr 25, 2003

Apr 25, 2003

WHO: Vietnam may defeat SARS, and world has chance to follow suit

(CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) officials today said Vietnam has not had a new SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) case in 17 days and could soon become the first country to contain the epidemic, even as the cumulative global case count took another sizable jump.

Apr 25, 2003

Man's death from avian influenza called isolated case

(CIDRAP News) – The recent death of a Dutch veterinarian due to an avian influenza virus was an isolated case and did not involve an unusual form of the virus, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and Dutch government officials.

In a statement issued yesterday, the WHO said, "Based on available evidence, WHO concludes that the death is an isolated case, as no efficient human-to-human transmission has been detected."

Apr 24, 2003

Apr 24, 2003

Tie food safety standards to public health goals, IOM urges

(CIDRAP News) – It's time to link science-based food safety standards with specific public health goals, says a report released today by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies.

Apr 23, 2003

Apr 23, 2003

WHO extends SARS travels warnings to Beijing, Toronto

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned against unnecessary travel to Toronto, Beijing, and China's Shanxi Province because of the risk of contracting SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

The warning extends the WHO's Apr 2 advisory against nonessential travel to China's Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, the birthplace and epicenter of the SARS epidemic.

Apr 22, 2003

Apr 22, 2003

Dutch vet's death ascribed to avian influenza

(CIDRAP News) – The death last week of a 57-year-old Dutch veterinarian who had worked among chickens infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was apparently due to the same disease.

Apr 22, 2003

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry declined in 2002

(CIDRAP News) – The prevalence of Salmonella contamination in raw meat and poultry tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) declined overall from 2001 to 2002, the USDA has announced.

Apr 21, 2003

Apr 21, 2003

FDA lists steps for protecting blood supply from SARS

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning blood-collection agencies not to accept blood from people who have been in places hard-hit by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) until 2 weeks after their return to the United States.

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