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Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

Early detection and hospital preparedness called major SARS concerns

(CIDRAP News) – Worries about the ability to quickly detect a return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and about hospitals' ability to handle a large number of patients were two leading issues at a recent national meeting on SARS preparedness, according to a participating physician.

Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

With FDA nod, lactoferrin to be used as antimicrobial for beef

(CIDRAP News) – After getting a green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Salt Lake City company says it will launch the use of lactoferrin, a milk protein, as an antimicrobial treatment for beef carcasses in October.

Aug 28, 2003

Aug 28, 2003

West Nile cases doubled in past week, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus cases in the United States this year reached 1,442 yesterday, more than double the total reported a week ago, with 21 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 27, 2003

Aug 27, 2003

FDA grants fast-track status for anthrax drug

(CIDRAP News) – A Maryland company says it has received "fast track product" designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ABthrax, a drug designed to help prevent and treat anthrax. The FDA grants fast-track status to speed the review process for products that address an "unmet medical need."

Aug 25, 2003

Aug 25, 2003

First responders worried about safety gear for chem, bio hazards

(CIDRAP News) – Emergency workers in the United States believe they lack adequate gear to protect themselves when responding to chemical, biological, or radiological terrorist attacks, according to a RAND study released last week.

Aug 25, 2003

Aug 25, 2003

Lab tests exclude SARS in British Columbia outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory analysis has ruled out the SARS coronavirus as a cause of nearly 150 cases of respiratory illness at a nursing home in a suburb of Vancouver, B.C., according to regional public health officials.

The virus appears to be another member of the coronavirus family, officials said. Earlier indications of the presence of a coronavirus had prompted concern about SARS and increased infection control precautions.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Waning outbreak in Canadian nursing home isn't SARS, officials say

(CIDRAP News) – A mysterious illness that sickened more than half of the residents of a nursing home in British Columbia and raised concern about a possible return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is nearly over, according to Dr. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer of British Columbia.

Aug 21, 2003

Aug 21, 2003

D. A. Henderson critiques report on duration of smallpox immunity

(CIDRAP News) – Dr. D. A. Henderson, who led the global smallpox eradication campaign in the 1960s and 1970s, says researchers who recently reported on the duration of immunity conferred by smallpox vaccination were wrong in suggesting that immunity can last for decades or even for life.

Aug 21, 2003

Tests suggest Acambis smallpox vaccine may have safety advantage

(CIDRAP News) – Initial tests of the new cell-culture–grown smallpox vaccine now being stockpiled by the US government indicate that it may be slightly safer than the vaccine used in the current immunization program, according to a report by the vaccine's manufacturer.

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