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Nov 03, 2003

Nov 03, 2003

USDA rates Canada BSE risk low, proposes to allow cattle imports

(CIDRAP News) – Saying the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian cattle is minimal, the US Department of Agriculture has proposed to reopen the US border to live Canadian cattle for the first time since BSE was discovered in one Alberta cow last May.

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).

Oct 31, 2003

Oct 31, 2003

Vaccine shows promise in reducing E coli O157 in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Cattle that were vaccinated against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in trials the past 2 years showed significant reductions in prevalence of the pathogen, according to a Canadian company that hopes to market the vaccine as a food safety measure.

Oct 30, 2003

Oct 30, 2003

Cats and ferrets can carry SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – House cats and ferrets can be infected with the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus and can pass it to other cats and ferrets, raising the possibility that they could also spread the virus to people, according to researchers from the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Oct 29, 2003

Oct 29, 2003

Expert offers plan to make federal biodefense program more coherent

(CIDRAP News) – To bring coherence to a poorly coordinated national effort, the United States should focus its current bioterrorism preparedness program on four specific threat scenarios involving anthrax, smallpox, botulinum toxin, and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), according to a report by defense consultant and former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig.

Oct 28, 2003

Oct 28, 2003

FSIS sets public meeting on risk analysis

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to hold a meeting Nov 13 to get the public's thoughts on how it analyzes risk.

Oct 27, 2003

Oct 27, 2003

FDA outlines how to gauge risk that animal drugs will spawn superbugs

Editor's note: This story was updated from its original form to include additional details about the FDA guidelines and comments from a pharmaceutical industry representative.

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guide to help the drug industry assess the risk that antimicrobial drugs intended for use in food animals will spawn resistant bacteria that could ultimately harm human health.

Oct 24, 2003

Oct 24, 2003

Ricin letter didn't contaminate postal facility

Environmental tests showed no signs of ricin contamination at an airport mail facility in Greenville, S.C., where an envelope containing the poison was found last week, according to the US Postal Service (USPS).

Oct 23, 2003

Oct 23, 2003

Experts offer mixed forecast on ability to detect SARS

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who met in Geneva this week agreed that any clusters of severe SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases would probably be detected quickly but that isolated cases might not be, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Oct 23, 2003

Oct 23, 2003

Farm workers might have caught West Nile from turkeys

(CIDRAP News) – Some Wisconsin farm workers who had West Nile virus (WNV) infection might have caught the virus from turkeys rather from mosquitoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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