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Jul 30, 2004

Jul 30, 2004

A step closer to clinical predictors of inhalational anthrax

Findings from researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine may offer physicians further help in quickly and accurately distinguishing early inhalational anthrax from other respiratory conditions—a vitally important skill if a widespread anthrax emergency were to occur.

Jul 29, 2004

Jul 29, 2004

Avian flu experts make recommendations as disease continues its spread

(CIDRAP News) – Thailand, home of the world's fourth-largest poultry industry, has confirmed that the recent re-emergence of avian influenza has spread to 21 provinces, three more than just yesterday. Meanwhile, Vietnam's state media yesterday reported that the disease there now affects Bac Ninh province in the northern part of the country in addition to the 11 southern provinces already affected.

Jul 27, 2004

Jul 27, 2004

Knowledge of irradiation lacking in commercial purchasers, survey finds

(CIDRAP News) – Food irradiation advocates must step up to the chalkboard and start teaching the merits of the process before the market can achieve its sales potential, according to the results of a recent cattle industry association survey.

Jul 27, 2004

Jul 27, 2004

More avian flu in Vietnam, Thai children cleared of diagnosis

(CIDRAP News) – Experts in Vietnam confirmed today that avian influenza has spread to an 11th province, the southern Mekong Delta province of Long An, a major poultry breeding area, according to news service reports.

Jul 26, 2004

Jul 26, 2004

Beyond the debate about pandemic severity lies a critical business continuity issue

Any discussion of the next influenza pandemic inevitably leads to "guesstimates" of severity.

Jul 23, 2004

Jul 23, 2004

Tomatoes called likely source in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Tomatoes are the likely source of contamination in a Salmonella outbreak that now involves 289 cases in five states, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

The investigation "is focusing on certain pre-sliced tomatoes as the likely source of Salmonellosis in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia," the FDA stated in a news release.

Jul 23, 2004

Tomatoes called likely source in Salmonella outbreak

Jul 22, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has contracted with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) to conduct a thorough inventory of steps food processors can take to prevent intentional food contamination.

Jul 23, 2004

Jul 23, 2004

Avian flu suspected in two Thai children

(CIDRAP News) – Two children in Thailand are being tested for possible avian influenza infections, which could be the first human cases since the disease resurged in recent weeks, according to news service reports today.

The cases involve a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, both in the northern province of Nong Khai near the Laotian border, according to a Reuters report.

Jul 22, 2004

Jul 22, 2004

Salmonella outbreak in East reaches 180 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella infections apparently linked with the Sheetz Gas Station chain in Pennsylvania and neighboring states has grown to include at least 180 cases, but the food source of contamination remained a mystery today.

Jul 22, 2004

Another UK patient might have caught vCJD from blood

(CIDRAP News) – A second possible case of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) via blood transfusion has been reported in the United Kingdom, triggering new restrictions on who can give blood.

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