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Apr 30, 2004

Apr 30, 2004

China confirms SARS in deceased woman

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities have confirmed that a woman who died Apr 19 had SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), marking her as the world's first victim of the disease this year.

Apr 30, 2004

Apr 30, 2004

CDC recommends flu shots for toddlers

(CIDRAP News) – It's official: federal health authorities say that from now on, all children between the ages of 6 months and 23 months should receive an annual influenza shot.

Apr 29, 2004

Apr 29, 2004

CDC reports E coli cases dropped sharply in 2003

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections dropped 36% from 2002 to 2003, and long-term declines in the rates of several other common foodborne illnesses continued in 2003, the CDC reported today.

Apr 29, 2004

Apr 29, 2004

China confirms two more SARS cases

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials today upgraded two cases of suspected SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to confirmed status, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the current outbreak to four, according to news service reports.

A total of nine cases have been reported in China since Apr 22, the World Health organization (WHO) said yesterday. One of the patients died Apr 19, and the other eight were hospitalized, the agency said.

Apr 28, 2004

Apr 28, 2004

Bush administration catalogs biodefense gains, promises more

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today released a long catalog of what it considers the nation's biodefense and public health preparedness gains over the last 3 years and promised more improvements to come.

Apr 27, 2004

Apr 27, 2004

Minnesota, Texas win food and ag security grants

(CIDRAP News) – The University of Minnesota and Texas A&M University will receive a total of $33 million to set up centers to research food contamination threats and foreign animal diseases, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today.

Apr 26, 2004

Apr 26, 2004

Nearly 500 quarantined in China's SARS outbreak

Editor's note: This article was revised a few hours after publication to include additional information from the World Health Organization.

(CIDRAP News) – Close to 500 people have been quarantined in China's new outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), but so far the disease has not spread beyond people connected with a student who apparently was infected in a government laboratory, according to news service reports.

Apr 23, 2004

Apr 23, 2004

USDA opens high-security food safety lab

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced the opening of a new high-security food safety laboratory in Athens, Ga.

The $1.65 million lab is designated as biosafety level 3 (BSL-3), the second highest of four biological security ratings, the USDA said in a news release. It will be operated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Apr 23, 2004

Apr 23, 2004

New SARS cases in China may stem from lab

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities today reported one new confirmed case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and two new suspected cases, including one death, all of which may be linked to a laboratory at China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in Beijing.

Apr 22, 2004

Apr 22, 2004

Suspected SARS case reported in Beijing

(CIDRAP News) – A 20-year-old nurse in Beijing has a suspected case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), according to Chinese news reports. If confirmed, the case would be the first in the Chinese capital since last year and the first in China or anywhere since January.

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