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Dec 30, 2004

Dec 30, 2004

US to lift BSE-related ban on Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – US officials announced plans yesterday to end the ban on the importation of live Canadian cattle that was imposed when Canada discovered its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May 2003.

Dec 30, 2004

Canada reports suspected BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Canada today reported what could be its second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), only hours after the US government announced plans to ease restrictions on the importation of Canadian cattle.

Dec 30, 2004

Dec 30, 2004

Human case of avian flu reported in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – A 16-year-old girl in southern Vietnam is seriously ill with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services today.

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.

Dec 29, 2004

Dec 29, 2004

Vietnam, Thailand continue to battle avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnam and Thailand have continued to battle avian influenza in recent weeks, with a total of 19 outbreaks reported in a dozen provinces, according to health officials of the two countries.

Vietnam has reported seven outbreaks in six provinces, while Thailand has reported 12 outbreaks in six provinces, according to information published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

SARS virus spreads to many organs

(CIDRAP News) – Although primarily associated with lung infection, the coronavirus that causes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spreads throughout the human body, Canadian researchers have found.

Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.

Dec 22, 2004

Dec 22, 2004

Japan's first human case of avian flu was minor

(CIDRAP News) – Tests have confirmed that a man who worked on a Japanese farm during an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza last February had Japan's first human case of avian flu, though he never became seriously ill, officials announced today.

Dec 22, 2004

Report: Most states still unready for bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – Most states remain unprepared for a bioterrorist attack despite 3 years of federal focus on the issue, according to a report issued by a national nonprofit organization.

Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

DoD seeks emergency approval to resume anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Defense (DoD) has asked for emergency authority to ignore a recent court ruling and resume vaccinating military personnel against anthrax because of what is described as an increased risk of attacks on US forces.

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