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Sep 30, 2004

Sep 30, 2004

Safe, plentiful supply of injected and inhaled flu vaccine expected

Editor's Note: See Oct 5 CIDRAP News story for important developments regarding the supply of flu vaccine since the story below was published.

(CIDRAP News) – Flu vaccine should be on time for the 2004-2005 influenza season, and it will be safe, according to testimony this week by Howard Pien, President and CEO of Chiron, maker of Fluvirin, before the US Senate Committee on Aging.

Sep 29, 2004

Sep 29, 2004

Federal agencies form agreement with states for food, ag emergencies

(CIDRAP News) – Three federal agencies have signed a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to improve integration of state-federal responses to food and agricultural emergencies.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed the agreement on Sep 23.

Sep 29, 2004

Sep 29, 2004

As deaths climb, experts dig in for long fight against avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – New cases of avian influenza in Southeast Asia this week have heightened surveillance, as key international health organizations ratchet up concerns about the pervasiveness of the disease

A 14-month-old Vietnamese boy who died on Sep 5 has been posthumously confirmed as a victim of H5N1 avian influenza, news reports said today.

Sep 28, 2004

Sep 28, 2004

New avian flu cases confirmed in Thailand, human transmission suspected

(CIDRAP News) – Thailand's avian influenza outbreak is drawing widespread international attention with the confirmation of two more human cases, one of which opens the possibility of human-to-human transmission.

Sep 27, 2004

Sep 27, 2004

EPA finds E coli , coliform in airplane water tests

(CIDRAP News) – More than 12% of passenger aircraft contained Escherichia coli or coliform bacteria in a recent round of testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found.

Sep 24, 2004

Sep 24, 2004

UK tells blood-product recipients about possible vCJD risk

(CIDRAP News) – United Kingdom health officials this week began telling several thousand Britons they may face a slightly increased risk of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) because they received blood products from donors who later were found to have the disease.

Sep 24, 2004

Snow peas implicated in cyclosporiasis outbreak for first time

(CIDRAP News)—Raw snow peas have been linked to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Pennsylvania that may have sickened almost 100 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

Few children under 2 received flu shots in 2002-03

(CIDRAP News) – Few children between the ages of 6 and 23 months received influenza shots in the 2002-03 flu season, which marked the first time federal health officials formally encouraged shots for that age-group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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.

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