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Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

BSE ruled out in one of two suspected cases

(CIDRAP News) – Follow-up testing has ruled out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an animal for which an earlier screening test was inconclusive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this afternoon.

Jun 30, 2004

FDA reports growing compliance with food security rules

Jun 30 (CIDRAP News) – As federal agencies near the Aug 12 deadline for full enforcement of the food security provisions of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, authorities say the food industry is getting better at following the new rules.

Jun 30, 2004

USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

(CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

Avian flu strikes again in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – Three months after Vietnam declared itself free of avian influenza, the disease has struck there again, causing the loss of at least 4,500 chickens in a southern province, according to news services.

A Reuters report today said chickens on three farms in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu died or were destroyed after testing positive for an H5 avian flu virus.

Jun 29, 2004

Jun 29, 2004

Genes for anthrax toxin found in another microbe

Editor's Note: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where the research described was accomplished, was inadvertently omitted from the list of author affiliations in the 4th paragraph below; the article was updated Jul 1, 2004, to include this information.

Jun 28, 2004

Jun 28, 2004

USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an "inconclusive," or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results.

Jun 25, 2004

Jun 25, 2004

Jun 24, 2004

Jun 24, 2004

FDA says chromium compound poisoned dairy cows

(CIDRAP News) – A substance that was smeared on dairy cows near Seattle, killing three and sickening seven others, was a chromium compound, but the episode did not endanger consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said late yesterday.

Jun 24, 2004

Jun 24, 2004

Avian flu virus found in another Texas flock

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza cropped up in a flock of 14 poultry about 4½ miles from where two large commercial chicken flocks were destroyed because of the same virus in May, the Texas Animal Health Commission said (TAHC) yesterday.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

12 apparent Ebola cases reclassified as measles

(CIDRAP News) – Twelve of the 30 recent cases of a disease thought to be Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Sudan have been reclassified as measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

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