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Sep 28, 2007

Sep 28, 2007

FDA approves sixth flu vaccine for US market

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of an Australian-made influenza vaccine called Afluria for use in adults, raising the number of US-licensed flu vaccines to six.

The vaccine, made by CSL Limited, based in Parkville, Australia, was approved for protecting people aged 18 and older from type A and B influenza viruses.

Sep 27, 2007

Sep 27, 2007

Bangladesh, Thailand report H5N1 in poultry; Canada finds H7N3

(CIDRAP News) – Officials in Bangladesh and Thailand recently reported new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks on chicken farms, and Canadian authorities today confirmed an outbreak of H7N3 influenza on a commercial poultry farm in Saskatchewan.

The outbreak in Bangladesh occurred in the country's northwestern Bogra district, about 105 miles from Dhaka, the capital, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China's state news agency.

Sep 27, 2007

Republic of Congo has monkeypox outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – More than 60 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the Republic of Congo since the beginning of this year, raising new concerns about the spread of the disease in humans.

Sep 26, 2007

Sep 26, 2007

HHS orders 18 million doses of anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government has awarded a $400 million contract to Emergent BioSolutions for another 18.75 million doses of anthrax vaccine, with a bonus to be paid if the company wins approval for extending the vaccine's shelf life.

Sep 26, 2007

Sep 26, 2007

IOM calls for new research on safety garb for health workers

(CIDRAP News) – An Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that studied issues concerning personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in an influenza pandemic is calling for renewed efforts to learn how influenza viruses spread, promote proper use of PPE, and improve the equipment itself.

Sep 25, 2007

Sep 25, 2007

Ebola cases in Congo rise to 17

(CIDRAP News) – Eight more cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total to 17, according to news services.

The cases were confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said in Geneva, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. She said 6 of the 17 Ebola patients have died.

Sep 25, 2007

Sep 25, 2007

Wisconsin lab broke Ebola rules, watchdog group says

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW-Madison) worked on Ebola virus genetic material in a lab that lacked the required security measures, and federal agencies responsible for monitoring compliance didn't notice the problem, a watchdog group that monitors biodefense research safety reported recently.

Sep 24, 2007

Sep 24, 2007

Database lists choice pandemic-planning resources

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials looking for ideas and tools to help them prepare for an influenza pandemic can find an online collection of peer-reviewed resources on a Web site that was officially launched today: PandemicPractices.org.

Sep 21, 2007

Sep 21, 2007

Foot-and-mouth disease found at fifth UK farm

(CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was confirmed on a fifth farm in Surrey in southern England this week, but another feared outbreak near Birmingham in the central part of the country was ruled out.

Sep 21, 2007

Sep 21, 2007

Ebola outbreak in Congo still growing

(CIDRAP News) – A disease outbreak involving Ebola hemorrhagic fever and other illnesses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is continuing to grow and may be spreading beyond the area first affected, according to the latest reports.

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