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Dec 10, 2004

Dec 10, 2004

US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.

Dec 09, 2004

Dec 09, 2004

Scale of flu pandemic not predictable, WHO says

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization weighed in yesterday on the debate about the potential magnitude of the next influenza pandemic by saying it's impossible to confidently predict how many lives a pandemic might claim.

Nov 12, 2004

Nov 12, 2004

WHO says nations must fund work on pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's top influenza expert warned at the end of a 2-day international meeting today that governments need to fund the development of vaccines to combat a feared flu pandemic that could kill millions of people, according to news services.

Nov 11, 2004

Nov 11, 2004

WHO: world has historic chance to gird for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia gives the world its first opportunity to prepare a vaccine in advance for a potential pandemic strain of flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it convened a meeting of vaccine companies and health officials to consider the challenge.

Nov 01, 2004

Nov 01, 2004

WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 "summit" meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic.

Oct 26, 2004

Oct 26, 2004

US, Japan agree on BSE precautions for beef trade

(CIDRAP News) – US and Japanese negotiators have reached general agreement on steps for resuming their beef trade after a 10-month interruption caused by the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington state last December.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

WHO stresses prevention over remediation for drinking-water safety

(CIDRAP News) – Calling for better prevention from catchment to consumer, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sep 21 issued new guidelines to ensure drinking-water safety worldwide.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

Flu-related hospitalizations have risen among elderly

(CIDRAP News) – The graying of America is leading to an increase in hospital stays related to influenza, according to a research report in the Sep 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Aug 11, 2004

Aug 11, 2004

Tularemia cases on Martha's Vineyard puzzle experts

(CIDRAP News) – A medical mystery is baffling infectious disease experts on Martha's Vineyard.

The island off Cape Cod, Mass., has had a string of mysterious tularemia cases. For the fifth summer in a row, people are falling ill with the rare pneumonic form of tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by terrorists.

May 06, 2004

May 06, 2004

Ill Chinese lab workers didn't handle SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – Neither of two researchers who apparently contracted SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in a virology laboratory in Beijing worked directly with the SARS virus, which complicates the problem of determining how they acquired it, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

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