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Jul 31, 2003

Jul 31, 2003

SARS return could strain hospitals, GAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO) warned yesterday that a major resurgence of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) could cause overcrowding and shortages of personnel and equipment in hospitals.

Jul 28, 2003

Jul 28, 2003

Report says bioterrorist attack on US seaport could cost trillions

(CIDRAP News) – A report by a consulting firm for the US Department of Transportation says a major bioterrorist attack on a US seaport could cost the nation from hundreds of billions to trillions of dollars.

But spending $5 billion to $10 billion a year on biodefense measures such as devices to detect airborne pathogens could limit the damage to a "sustainable" level, according to the report by Abt Associates Inc.

Jul 25, 2003

Jul 25, 2003

Wild game ousts pork as main source of Trichinella infection

(CIDRAP News) –Wild game meat, especially bear meat, has replaced pork as the leading source of Trichinella infections in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 25, 2003

Jul 25, 2003

Canada details rules to keep BSE agent out of food

(CIDRAP News) – Following up on an announcement made last week, the Canadian government yesterday published new regulations designed to keep materials potentially contaminated with the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent out of the food supply.

Jul 24, 2003

Jul 24, 2003

Canada moves to shield food supply from BSE-infected material

(CIDRAP News) – In the first regulatory change triggered by Canada's recent case of mad cow disease, the Canadian government announced last week that certain high-risk parts of cattle, including the brain and spinal cord, will have to be removed from carcasses at the time of slaughter.

Jul 23, 2003

Jul 23, 2003

CDC eyes possible smallpox vaccine-cardiomyopathy link

(CIDRAP News) – Two women in their 50s suffered dilated cardiomyopathy—enlargement of the heart—within 3 months after receiving smallpox shots, but it was unclear whether the shots caused the condition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently.

Jul 23, 2003

Jul 23, 2003

Increased research, import checks lead list of FDA food security steps

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cited a new $5 million fund for food security research and a five-fold increase in food import inspections as the latest examples of its efforts to improve the security of the nation's food supply.

The agency made the announcement as it released an 18-page progress report on its food security efforts since Sep 11, 2001.

Jul 21, 2003

Jul 21, 2003

Exotic Newcastle waning in California, but quarantines remain

(CIDRAP News) –Exotic Newcastle disease (END) is disappearing from southern California's poultry flocks after a 9-month battle, but quarantines on the affected counties will probably remain for several more months, according to an official with the state's END Task Force.

Jul 19, 2003

Jul 19, 2003

House passes Bioshield bill to promote bioterrorism defenses

(CIDRAP News) – Six months after President Bush proposed the idea, the US House this week overwhelmingly passed "Project Bioshield," a plan to promote the development of drugs and vaccines needed to defend the nation against attacks with biological and other unconventional weapons.

Jul 17, 2003

Jul 17, 2003

Study will compare bandages for smallpox shot sites

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers at Vanderbilt University will study three different types of bandages for smallpox shot sites to compare their ability to prevent spread of the vaccinia virus and their effects on healing time, the university announced.

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