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Sep 09, 2004

Sep 09, 2004

Scoring system estimates a patient's risk for SARS

(CIDRAP News) – By sifting data from hundreds of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases in Hong Kong, researchers there have developed a scoring system for predicting whether a patient with suspicious signs and symptoms has the disease.

Sep 09, 2004

Avian flu death reported in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An 18-year-old boy in Thailand who had been exposed to sick chickens died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

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.

Sep 07, 2004

Sep 07, 2004

CDC issues advisory about Lassa fever case

(CIDRAP News) – A case of Lassa fever in a New Jersey man who fell ill after visiting Liberia has caused federal health officials to issue a health advisory about the viral disease, rarely seen in the United States.

Sep 07, 2004

Sep 07, 2004

Vietnam blames another death on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese officials have blamed the Sep 5 death of a 14-month-old boy on avian influenza, according to news reports from Vietnam.

Sep 03, 2004

Sep 03, 2004

Avian flu can spread among cats

(CIDRAP News) – House cats can acquire H5N1 avian influenza and pass it on to other cats, Dutch researchers reported this week.

Last February two cats in Thailand reportedly died of H5N1 avian flu, but yesterday's article in the online edition of Science apparently is the first report of cats being experimentally infected with the virus and then spreading it to other cats.

Sep 02, 2004

Sep 02, 2004

West Nile case count lower than last year's

(CIDRAP News) – Another 210 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported in the past week, but the case count this year remains well below last year's number at this point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 01, 2004

Sep 01, 2004

Inhaled anthrax vaccine tested in animals

(CIDRAP News) – US Army and private researchers have developed a powdered anthrax vaccine that looks promising in initial animal studies and could eliminate the need for needle injections, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Aug 31, 2004

Aug 31, 2004

Flu virus shows surprising resistance to oseltamivir

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza viruses in 18% of a group of Japanese children who were treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) developed resistance to the antiviral drug, which is viewed as one of the key defenses against pandemic influenza, according to a new report in The Lancet.

Aug 27, 2004

Aug 27, 2004

China says no pigs currently carry avian flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese agricultural officials, seeking to allay concerns about recent reports that some pigs in China carried the H5N1 avian influenza virus, said yesterday that no pigs are currently infected.

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