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Oct 20, 2006

Oct 20, 2006

DNA vaccine protects mice from 1918 flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – Government researchers reported this week that they have developed a vaccine that protects mice from the deadly 1918 "Spanish flu" virus, demonstrating that immunization against it is possible.

Oct 19, 2006

Oct 19, 2006

Pentagon to resume mandatory anthrax shots for some

(CIDRAP News) – The Pentagon announced this week that it will resume, after a 2-year hiatus, mandatory anthrax vaccination for troops and other personnel stationed in the Middle East and South Korea.

Oct 19, 2006

Suspected plague killed 42 in Congo, WHO says

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization reported last week that 42 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died recently of suspected pneumonic plague.

The outbreaks, which include 626 suspected cases, occurred between Jul 31 and Oct 8 in two health zones in the Haut-Uele district, most of them in the Wamba zone of Oriental province in the northern part of the country.

Oct 18, 2006

Oct 18, 2006

Tests reveal mild avian flu in ducks in 2 states

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials announced yesterday that final tests confirmed that a mild strain of H6N2 avian influenza—not the deadly H5N1 type—was found in green-winged teals in Illinois last month. Meanwhile, initial tests on wild ducks in Ohio also suggest a mild strain of avian flu.

Oct 18, 2006

Oct 18, 2006

HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued new guidance calling for stronger respiratory protection for healthcare workers in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Oct 18, 2006

CDC puts flu vaccine supply at 115 million doses

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today increased its estimate of the flu vaccine supply for this season but said many healthcare providers don't have their full supply yet because of distribution issues.

Oct 17, 2006

Oct 17, 2006

Flu vaccine delay affects toddlers

(CIDRAP News) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said yesterday that most of this year's supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for children aged 6 months through 3 years will not reach pediatricians until at least November.

Oct 17, 2006

Baxter says cell-based H5N1 vaccine shows potential in trial

(CIDRAP News) – Low doses of a cell-based avian flu vaccine triggered a good immune response to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to preliminary results of a clinical trial by Baxter International of Deerfield, Ill., maker of the vaccine.

Oct 16, 2006

Oct 16, 2006

WHO confirms 3 H5N1 cases in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three fatal cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving two women from Java and a boy from South Jakarta, bringing Indonesia's toll to 72 cases with 55 deaths.

Oct 13, 2006

Oct 13, 2006

Manure implicated in E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Investigators seeking the contamination source in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak have genetically matched an E coli strain found in manure from a California cattle ranch near spinach fields with the strain isolated from sick patients and their leftover spinach.

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