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Aug 31, 2007

Aug 31, 2007

WHO confirms 5 Vietnam H5N1 cases, lists lab test criteria

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized five human H5N1 influenza cases from Vietnam dating back to late May, after publishing formal criteria for accepting positive test results for H5 flu viruses from national laboratories.

The five cases include four fatal ones, which pushes Vietnam's H5N1 toll to 100 cases with 46 deaths. The country has the second highest number of avian flu cases, after Indonesia.

Aug 31, 2007

Spinach recall renews debate over produce safety

(CIDRAP News) – Metz Fresh, a California spinach grower, recalled 8,000 cartons of fresh spinach this week after finding Salmonella in routine testing, prompting a debate on whether voluntary safety rules recently adopted by the California produce industry are working.

Aug 30, 2007

Aug 30, 2007

FDA clears second West Nile blood screening test

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of a second automated test to screen donated blood and organs for West Nile virus (WNV).

Aug 30, 2007

Aug 30, 2007

HHS allots $75 million to states for pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a one-time allocation of $75 million in grants to help states, territories, and four metropolitan areas prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Aug 29, 2007

Aug 29, 2007

UN sets up bioweapons treaty support team

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations recently established a small team in Geneva to help implement the Biological Weapons Convention, the first international institution created for that purpose.

Aug 29, 2007

Link between dog food, Salmonella cases looks stronger

(CIDRAP News) – Further investigation has strengthened the evidence of a link between recently recalled dog food products and human Salmonella infections, US health officials reported yesterday.

Sixty-six people in 18 states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, and reports of new cases are continuing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement.

Aug 28, 2007

Aug 28, 2007

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella Schwarzengrund, a relatively rare serotype that has been reported in 64 recent human illness cases, was found recently in two samples of dog food made by a Tennessee company, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Aug 27, 2007

Aug 27, 2007

Trial results for Glaxo's H5N1 vaccine released

(CIDRAP News) – The full results of a trial of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK's) H5N1 influenza vaccine were released recently, showing that the vaccine in combination with an adjuvant produced an acceptable immune response at a low dose and may provide cross-protection against nonmatching H5N1 strains.

Aug 27, 2007

Germany, Vietnam battle H5N1 in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – German agriculture officials confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in Bavaria Aug 25, as officials in Vietnam reported fresh outbreaks at farms in three more provinces.

Aug 24, 2007

Aug 24, 2007

New strains may be fueling surge in norovirus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Norovirus outbreaks in the United States appear to have increased sharply since the beginning of last year, probably fueled by two new strains of the gastrointestinal pathogen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

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