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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.

Jun 30, 2003

Jun 30, 2003

First responders called unprepared for terrorist attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Despite progress in the past 2 years, local emergency response agencies in the United States remain dangerously unprepared for major terrorist attacks, according to a new study by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank.

Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

HHS offers tool to assess hospital staff needs for bioterrorism response

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering a new computer model to help hospitals and health systems estimate how many staff members they would need to dispense antibiotics or vaccinate people in response to bioterrorism or a major disease outbreak.

Jun 19, 2003

Jun 19, 2003

Hepatitis A in food handlers poses tough problems, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Thousands of food handlers each year have hepatitis A and can potentially pass the disease to diners, a fact that poses tough problems for public health agencies, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 13, 2003

Jun 13, 2003

Wisconsin probes possible person-to-person spread of monkeypox

(CIDRAP News) – Wisconsin health officials confirmed today that they are investigating two possible cases of person-to-person transmission of monkeypox, but said the cases seem unlikely to be confirmed.

Jun 13, 2003

Jun 13, 2003

D. A. Henderson sees reasons for concern, hope in infectious disease realm

(CIDRAP News) – Donald A. Henderson, MD, MPH, the man who did more than anyone else to eradicate smallpox, sees powerful reasons for both concern and hope in humanity's ancient battle against infectious diseases.

On one hand, with globalization and the threat of bioterrorism, the world now confronts a more dangerous microbial landscape than ever before, Henderson said this week in a lecture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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