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Dec 12, 2003

Dec 12, 2003

States' progress in health preparedness called modest

(CIDRAP News) – Despite a flood of new federal aid, the states are only modestly better prepared to cope with major health emergencies now than they were before the terrorist attacks of 2001, according to a report by a nonprofit public health advocacy group.

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003

FDA puts food record-keeping rules in place

Dec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put the finishing touches on record-keeping rules designed to help the agency trace the sources and travels of contaminated food, but food businesses have at least a year to comply.

Dec 03, 2003

Dec 03, 2003

GAO: Monitoring systems to protect drinking water needed

(CIDRAP News) – Systems for rapidly detecting contaminants in drinking water should be a high priority for federal funding to make the nation's water systems more secure, according to a group of experts consulted by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

Nov 11, 2003

Nov 11, 2003

USDA will issue temporary permits to handle 'select agents'

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government has moved to allow individuals and groups to continue working with certain hazardous biological agents beyond the Nov 12 deadline for complying with new registration rules while the government completes background checks on those groups.

Oct 31, 2003

Oct 31, 2003

Epidemiology work force has grown, but not enough, says CDC

(CIDRAP News) – State health departments have more than doubled their corps of epidemiologists working on infectious diseases and terrorism preparedness in the past 2 years, but the number is still too low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 23, 2003

Sep 23, 2003

Johns Hopkins biodefense experts head in new direction

(CIDRAP News) – The leaders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (CCBS) in Baltimore, probably the nation's best-known biodefense policy institute, announced last week that they are leaving Johns Hopkins to launch a new biosecurity center with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Sep 15, 2003

Sep 15, 2003

HHS awards funds for bioterrorism preparedness training

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have announced $26.6 million in grants to universities and health systems around the country to improve bioterrorism preparedness training and education for healthcare professionals.

Sep 04, 2003

Sep 04, 2003

HHS releases $1.4 billion to states for public health preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said this week it is making $1.4 billion available to states and territories to improve their preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.

Aug 14, 2003

Aug 14, 2003

General public should only receive smallpox vaccination in limited settings, says IOM

Aug 15, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation issued a report earlier this week recommending that members of the general public who wish to receive a smallpox vaccination do so only in a clinical trial setting.

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.

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