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Oct 10, 2003

Oct 10, 2003

Signs of tularemia agent detected in Houston air

(CIDRAP News) – Air monitoring devices in Houston recently picked up fragments of the bacteria that cause tularemia, but no human cases of the disease have been found, Houston health officials reported yesterday.

Oct 10, 2003

To block terrorists, panel calls for more screening of research

(CIDRAP News) – The National Research Council (NRC) this week proposed a plan to expand and formalize the system for screening research proposals in order to keep biotechnology from playing into the hands of terrorists.

Oct 09, 2003

Oct 09, 2003

FDA issues rules on food shipments, registration

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced final rules designed to make the nation's food supply more secure by requiring food companies to register with the FDA and to give advance notice of imported food shipments.

Oct 08, 2003

Oct 08, 2003

National stockpile of SARS safety gear proposed

(CIDRAP News) – Preparations for the possible return of SARS should include establishment of a national stockpile of equipment to protect healthcare workers from the disease, a Minnesota official said at a Senate field hearing today.

Oct 07, 2003

Oct 07, 2003

Brucellosis persists in Texas cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Brucellosis was detected in a Texas cattle herd recently, ending a 13-month stretch with no new Texas cases and postponing the day when the state can be declared free of the once widespread disease, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

Oct 07, 2003

Oct 07, 2003

Study finds SARS milder in children than adults

(CIDRAP News) – A study of 25 children who were hospitalized in Toronto for possible SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) suggests that the disease is generally milder in children than in teens and adults.

Oct 06, 2003

Oct 06, 2003

Smallpox vaccine - heart attack link unlikely, historical study suggests

(CIDRAP News) – New York City health records show no increase in cardiac deaths after a citywide smallpox vaccination campaign in 1947, which supports the view that cardiac events in 16 people vaccinated recently were unrelated to the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oct 03, 2003

Oct 03, 2003

FSIS, ConAgra share blame for massive 2002 beef recall

(CIDRAP News) – A report by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) inspector general blames both federal meat inspectors and ConAgra Beef Co. for errors that led to a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections and an 18 million–pound ground beef recall last year.

Oct 03, 2003

New Mexico Salmonella outbreak prompts beef jerky recall

(CIDRAP News) – A New Mexico firm has recalled 22,000 pounds of beef jerky in the wake of an outbreak of Salmonella infections that have been linked with the firm's products, according to New Mexico and federal officials.

Oct 02, 2003

Oct 02, 2003

NIAID funds further development of new anthrax vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government awarded two contracts totaling more than $150 million this week for further testing and initial production of new anthrax vaccines designed to be safer and require fewer doses than the existing vaccine.

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