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May 28, 2004

May 28, 2004

NIAID seeks vaccines for H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said yesterday it has awarded contracts to two companies to develop vaccines based on the H5N1 avian influenza virus in an effort to limit the risk of a human influenza pandemic.

May 28, 2004

Avian flu reported on Texas farm

(CIDRAP News) – A flock of 24,000 chickens at a farm in northeastern Texas was destroyed yesterday because of evidence of a new outbreak of avian influenza, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

FDA sets procedures for detaining contaminated food

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination.

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

Avian flu crops up again in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza outbreak was reported at a research farm in northern Thailand yesterday, less than 2 weeks after government officials expressed confidence that the country was free of the disease.

May 27, 2004

HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.

May 26, 2004

May 26, 2004

Study predicts increase in British vCJD cases

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of thousands of samples of appendix tissue in the United Kingdom (UK) suggests that the number of future cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) disease there could turn out to be higher than expected.

May 25, 2004

May 25, 2004

Russian scientist dies of Ebola after lab accident

(CIDRAP News) – A Russian scientist who was doing research on Ebola virus died after accidentally injecting herself with the deadly virus, according to news service reports.

May 24, 2004

May 24, 2004

Salmonella cases trigger almond recall

(CIDRAP News) – Two outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora may have been associated with raw basil and "mesculin [mesclun]/spring mix salad" served at restaurants in Illinois and Texas, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

May 24, 2004

Salmonella cases trigger almond recall

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to check the source of any raw almonds in their possession in the light of a recall based on a possible link to recent Salmonella enteritidis infections.

May 24, 2004

19 cases of Ebola fever reported in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – Nineteen cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, with four deaths, have been reported in southern Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Ebola virus as the cause of the cases, the WHO said.

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