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Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Taco Bell E coli outbreak grows; source still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants has climbed to 62 in 6 states, and it's too early to blame the outbreak on green onions, federal officials said today.

Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Donors pledge $475 million for global avian flu fight

(CIDRAP News) – International donors at a conference in Mali today pledged US $475 million to battle H5N1 avian influenza, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Dr. David Nabarro, the UN's avian and pandemic influenza coordinator, said he was pleased with the amount, even though has been saying that $500 million to $750 million per year will be needed for the next 2 to 3 years.

Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

FDA joins probe as E coli outbreak widens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday it was joining the probe of a growing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast.

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 06, 2006

Dec 06, 2006

How Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu prevents pandemic planning fatigue

How does a global company keep sharp its planning for a disaster that may be long in the making, acute at the onset, months in duration, and bigger in scope than any one-time event?

For Don Ainslie, global security officer at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, 2 years of minding avian flu's advance and planning for a human influenza pandemic has presented just such a challenge.

Dec 06, 2006

Combating pandemic planning fatigue

Business people convinced of the possibility of an influenza pandemic agree: Convincing reluctant managers, organizing continuity planning, and educating employees can be challenging.

But if getting better prepared for a pandemic is tough, business managers say, keeping prepared is tougher.

Dec 06, 2006

Taco Bell bans green onions after E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli infections in people who ate at 11 Taco Bell restaurants in New York and New Jersey has sickened more than 3 dozen people in 3 states and prompted the company to remove green onions from its outlets nationwide.

Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Saudi man has third vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, but health officials believe he contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Study: Poultry most likely to bring H5N1 to Americas

(CIDRAP News) – Poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza pose the greatest risk of bringing the disease to the Americas, according to a new study by British and US researchers that challenges US efforts to detect flu in migratory birds.

Dec 04, 2006

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.

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