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Dec 06, 2007

Dec 06, 2007

Suspected cases rise as new Ebola strain stalks Uganda

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people in Uganda suspected of being infected with a new strain of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus has grown to 93, and 22 have died, including four healthcare workers, according to news reports.

Dec 06, 2007

Experts urge clinicians to extend flu-shot season

(CIDRAP News) – Experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) in a teleconference today urged clinicians to consider extending their seasonal flu vaccination efforts through March and shared strategies for immunizing more patients during office visits.

Dec 05, 2007

Dec 05, 2007

Panel faults NIH risk assessment for Boston biodefense lab

(CIDRAP News) – Amid controversy around the construction of a biodefense laboratory in Boston, a project risk assessment from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is funding the lab, has been condemned as unsound by the National Research Council (NRC).

Dec 05, 2007

Report says stingy funding has put FDA in crisis

(CIDRAP News) – Safety inspectors still write their reports by hand, food processing plants are inspected once every 10 years at best, only two people work full-time on pet-food safety, and critical information is locked up in piles of warehoused paper documents.

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a toolkit to help community leaders educate their constituents about steps they can take to prepare for an influenza pandemic.

Dec 04, 2007

Dec 04, 2007

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Guide helps homeless shelters prepare

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

Dec 03, 2007

Dec 03, 2007

Newspaper says lobbying helped sink anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Lobbying by the maker of the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine was a key factor in causing the federal government to cancel its big contract with VaxGen Inc. for a new anthrax vaccine that was expected to be safer, according to a report published yesterday by the Los Angeles Times.

Dec 03, 2007

Dec 03, 2007

Chinese man dies from H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials reported today that a 24-year-old man from the eastern part of the country died of H5N1 avian influenza.

The man, from Jiangsu province, died yesterday, the provincial health department told Xinhua News, China's state news agency. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the man's H5N1 illness he will become China's 26th case-patient and its 17th fatality.

Dec 03, 2007

H5N1 hits turkeys in Poland; stores sold tainted meat

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Poland today said H5N1 avian influenza has struck two turkey farms, the country's first reported outbreak in domestic birds, amid reports that meat contaminated with the virus was sold to consumers.

Nov 30, 2007

Nov 30, 2007

WHO reports new Ebola virus subtype in Uganda

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Uganda involving a new subtype of the virus that officials suspect was responsible for sickening 51 patients, including 16 who died.

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