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Jul 29, 2005

Jul 29, 2005

FDA to ban enrofloxacin use in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to ban the use of the antibiotic enrofloxacin (Baytril) in poultry because of the risk that it promotes drug-resistant bacteria that can be harmful to humans.

Jul 29, 2005

Jul 29, 2005

Russian birds have H5N1; 2 more deaths in Vietnam

Editor's note: This story was revised July 31 to clarify information about previous reports of H5N1 influenza viruses in Russia.

(CIDRAP News) – News services said today the avian influenza outbreak reported last week in Russia involves the dangerous H5N1 strain, while two more fatal human cases of the illness were reported in Vietnam.

Jul 28, 2005

Jul 28, 2005

Puzzling pig-linked disease spreads in China

(CIDRAP News) – A puzzling disease outbreak linked to pigs in southwestern China has expanded to 152 cases with 31 deaths, more than double the number of cases reported 3 days ago, according to Chinese news services.

Jul 28, 2005

Blood donors linked to vCJD cases being warned of risk

(CIDRAP News) –About 100 people who gave blood to three people in Britain who later fell ill with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) are being warned that they may have an increased risk of carrying the vCJD agent.

Jul 28, 2005

USDA to run more tests in possible BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said yesterday that testing of a 12-year-old cow yielded possible signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and that further tests are being conducted to clarify whether the disease was present.

The carcass was destroyed and did not enter the human food or animal feed chain, said Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He did not disclose where the cow lived.

Jul 27, 2005

Jul 27, 2005

H5N1 virus found near home of Indonesian victims

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian investigators found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in chicken droppings near the home of three people who died of the virus this month, according to a report published yesterday.

Jul 26, 2005

Jul 26, 2005

Flu viruses can evolve in unsuspected ways, study says

(CIDRAP News) – A large-scale study of genetic data on influenza shows that viruses of the same strain or serotype have more genetic differences than previously suspected and can exchange genetic material in ways that make them more infectious.

Jul 25, 2005

Jul 25, 2005

Indonesia culls pigs, tests two men for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – In a response to Indonesia's first three fatal human cases of avian influenza, officials killed some infected pigs and poultry yesterday, but not as many as they had planned to, according to news services.

Jul 25, 2005

Avian flu in Russia reported to be H5N2

(CIDRAP News) – A Russian official has identified the avian influenza virus that has been killing poultry in Siberia as H5N2, a strain that is not dangerous to humans.

But another Russian official reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday that the virus had not yet been fully identified. The poultry outbreaks in the Novosibirsk region of southwestern Siberia were first reported last week.

Jul 22, 2005

Jul 22, 2005

Monkeypox that hit US was milder of 2 strains

(CIDRAP News) – Genetic mutations in monkeypox viruses of West African origin might have spared the lives of people infected with the virus in the United States, according to a recent report.

Though primarily a disease of rodents and nonhuman primates, monkeypox can occasionally spread to humans and cause a smallpox-like illness. In the summer of 2003, an outbreak of the disease occurred in six Midwestern states.

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