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May 30, 2003

May 30, 2003

USDA to offer irradiated beef to schools next January

(CIDRAP News) – The debut of irradiated ground beef in school cafeterias grew more likely yesterday with the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement that it will make the product available to schools starting next January.

May 29, 2003

May 29, 2003

IOM again calls for pause in smallpox shot program

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has again recommended a pause for evaluation of the federal smallpox vaccination program before it is expanded to more health workers and to emergency responders.

May 29, 2003

Food irradiation education project in schools progresses despite snags

(CIDRAP News) – A federally funded pilot project to inform people in three Minnesota school districts about food irradiation is moving toward completion despite a few rough spots, including the withdrawal of one district and outspoken opposition from some parents in another.

May 27, 2003

May 27, 2003

No more BSE cases found as Canadian probe widens

(CIDRAP News) – Initial testing of more than 370 cattle from several herds in Alberta's investigation into bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) detected no cases beyond the single case revealed May 20, according to Canadian agriculture officials.

May 23, 2003

May 23, 2003

WHO lifts SARS travel warnings for Hong Kong, Guangdong

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today lifted its recommendation against travel to Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province, signaling that the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak is declining in its original strongholds.

Both places have fewer than 60 patients who are still infectious, and the average number of new cases per day has hovered at less than five in recent days, WHO officials said in a news release.

May 22, 2003

May 22, 2003

One SARS victim may have exposed thousands in Taiwan; ill CDC expert to come home

(CIDRAP News) – A hospital laundry worker in Taiwan who was sick for 6 days before he was recognized as having SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may have exposed more than 10,000 people to the disease and helped derail Taiwan's previously effective containment effort, according to US health officials.

May 22, 2003

Encephalitis case may be complication of smallpox shot

(CIDRAP News) – A 38-year-old man who had a seizure a few weeks after receiving a smallpox shot may have the first case of postvaccinial encephalitis in the current civilian smallpox vaccination program, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 20, 2003

May 20, 2003

US still underinvested in public health, CDC chief says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States remains underinvested in public health even though terrorism and new diseases like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) have raised the public health system's profile, the nation's top disease-prevention leader told public health graduates at the University of Minnesota yesterday.

May 20, 2003

May 20, 2003

'Mad cow disease' case confirmed in Alberta

(CIDRAP News) – Postmortem tests have confirmed that a cow from an Alberta farm had bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, Canadian officials announced today. The news marked the first known BSE case in North America since another Alberta case was found in 1993.

May 19, 2003

May 19, 2003

Overblown immune response may aggravate SARS symptoms

(CIDRAP News) – In a study of 75 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) patients from the Amoy Gardens outbreak in Hong Kong, most patients improved after a few days of hospitalization but then worsened in their second week of illness, possibly because of an overly intense immune response to the virus.

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