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Dec 29, 2006

Dec 29, 2006

Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.

The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.

Dec 22, 2006

Dec 22, 2006

Vietnam, South Korea, Nigeria battle avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – More poultry have died of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnamese provinces where the virus recently re-emerged, and the disease has spread to another province in South Korea and 3 more Nigerian states, according to news reports.

Dec 20, 2006

Dec 20, 2006

HHS cancels VaxGen anthrax vaccine contract

(CIDRAP News) – The US government yesterday canceled its $877.5 million contract with VaxGen Inc. for a new anthrax vaccine, after problems with the vaccine's stability caused the company to miss a deadline for starting a clinical trial.

Dec 19, 2006

Dec 19, 2006

State progress on health preparedness called slow

(CIDRAP News) – Though the United States observed the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks this fall, the nation's public health emergency preparedness has improved slowly and remains inadequate, according to a report last week from the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Dec 15, 2006

Dec 15, 2006

Congress passes public health preparedness bill

(CIDRAP News) – Just before adjourning on Dec 9, the US Congress passed a bill to establish a new biodefense research and development agency and tune up the nation's public health emergency preparedness programs in a number of other ways.

Dec 14, 2006

Dec 14, 2006

IOM says community measures may help in a pandemic

(CIDRAP New) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) weighed in with a clear "maybe" this week on whether community interventions such as school closures, quarantine, and respiratory etiquette could help blunt the impact of an influenza pandemic.

Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

Gene chip test can identify wide range of pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – A new diagnostic tool that involves thousands of fragments of genetic material on a glass slide can identify a vast range of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, according to a report from an international team of researchers.

Dec 04, 2006

Dec 04, 2006

Cost of battling avian flu rising, World Bank says

(CIDRAP News) – The World Bank estimates it will cost between $1.2 and $1.5 billion to fight avian influenza over the next 2 to 3 years, a sizable increase since last January.

Dec 04, 2006

CDC funds work on rapid tests for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded four contracts worth $11.4 million in an effort to develop a 30-minute test for H5N1 avian influenza.

Nov 20, 2006

Nov 20, 2006

HHS issues planning guide for mass casualty events

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new medical care guide to help community leaders plan for and respond to mass casualty events such as an influenza pandemic or a terrorist nuclear attack.

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