News & Perspective

Aug 16, 2007

Aug 16, 2007

Report says problems hobble US biosurveillance system

(CIDRAP News) – Three years ago President Bush directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consolidate biosurveillance data to improve the nation's ability to detect bioterrorism and other infectious disease threats, but federal auditors warned this week that leadership problems have seriously hampered the program.

Aug 13, 2007

Aug 13, 2007

Study says nondrug measures helped in 1918 flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of historical records in 43 US cities indicates that the early use of nonpharmaceutical measures, such as isolating the sick and banning public gatherings, saved lives in the influenza pandemic of 1918-19.

Aug 01, 2007

Aug 01, 2007

Study: Flu patients shed virus longer than expected

(CIDRAP News) – A Mayo Clinic study indicates that many hospitalized influenza patients shed flu virus for at least 7 days after they fall ill, suggesting that the current recommendation to use infection control precautions for 5 days may be inadequate.