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Jan 05, 2007

Jan 05, 2007

US wants to end BSE-linked ban on older Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday proposed to reopen the US border to older Canadian cattle and beef for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cropped up in Canada in 2003.

Jan 05, 2007

Jan 05, 2007

HHS awards $102 million for new flu drug

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to expand the pool of antiviral drugs for influenza, the US government yesterday awarded a $102.6 million contract to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., to develop peramivir, a new neuraminidase inhibitor.

Jan 04, 2007

Jan 04, 2007

NIH starts clinical trial of H5N1 DNA vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials have announced the launch of the first clinical trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made from a piece of the virus's DNA rather than from the whole virus, an approach that may facilitate faster vaccine production.

Jan 03, 2007

Jan 03, 2007

Communicating to Americans living aboard

For some 2 million Americans registered with 260 embassies or consulates abroad, the US government says its Web site ( is designed to provide the latest information on avian and pandemic influenza.

Jan 03, 2007

Report may spur quest for more versatile flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – California scientists report that their analysis of the medical literature has yielded data on more than 600 molecular components of influenza A viruses that trigger immune responses, findings they hope will spur the search for vaccines offering protection against multiple flu strains.

Jan 02, 2007

Jan 02, 2007

Canadian E coli vaccine for cattle gets preliminary nod

(CIDRAP News) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently gave preliminary approval for field use of the world's first vaccine to reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle and thereby help keep it out of food.


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