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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 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 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 09, 2003

Jul 09, 2003

HHS to expand mobile public health force

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has announced plans to expand and strengthen the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, the nation's uniformed force of health professionals who can be mobilized to respond to health emergencies around the country.

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