News & Perspective

Dec 29, 2004

Dec 29, 2004

West Nile cases dropped sharply in 2004

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus continued its relentless blanketing of the United States in 2004, marching westward but leaving far fewer dead and ill people in its wake than it did last year.

Sep 08, 2004

Sep 08, 2004

West Nile fever can be lengthy, serious illness

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile fever, usually considered a relatively benign manifestation of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, can be a prolonged, serious illness, according to a study published Sep 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Aug 05, 2004

Aug 05, 2004

West Nile cases surged in past week

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus cases reported in the United States this year jumped more than 50% with the addition of 141 cases between Jul 28 and Aug 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 16, 2004

Jul 16, 2004

NIAID expands trial of West Nile treatment

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Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

Arizona still the hot spot for West Nile

(CIDRAP News) – Arizona continues to bear most of the current burden of West Nile virus (WNV) infections, with 38 of the 57 human cases reported nationwide, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.

Apr 08, 2004

Apr 08, 2004

Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood

(CIDRAP News) – More than 800 donated blood units went unused because of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in 2003, but enough infected blood escaped detection to cause six WNV cases in blood recipients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The six cases in 2003 compare with 23 reported in 2002. The 2002 cases led to the rapid development of nucleic-acid amplification tests (NATs) for WNV in blood.

Mar 03, 2004

Mar 03, 2004

CDC seeks data on infants born to women with West Nile

(CIDRAP News) – In the face of a possible risk of birth defects, federal health officials are recommending careful evaluation of infants born to women with a history of West Nile virus (WNV) illness during pregnancy.