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Nov 13, 2007

Nov 13, 2007

British officials confirm H5N1 in turkey outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus found this week in turkeys at a farm in Suffolk, England, is the lethal H5N1 variety, veterinary officials announced today.

Nov 12, 2007

Nov 12, 2007

Avian flu claims another Indonesian life

(CIDRAP News) – A 31-year-old Indonesian man recently died of H5N1 avian influenza, pushing the country's death toll from the disease to 91, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Nov 12, 2007

UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in England today announced an avian influenza outbreak in turkeys at a farm in Norfolk, after initial tests showed that the birds were positive for an H5 strain of the virus.

Nov 09, 2007

Nov 09, 2007

Avian flu strikes ducks in two more Vietnamese provinces

(CIDRAP News) – Officials in Vietnam recently reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks at farms in two more provinces, bringing to six the number of provinces hit by the virus since early October.

Nov 09, 2007

CDC: vaccine deliveries set record, but will strains match?

(CIDRAP News) – Deliveries of seasonal influenza vaccine have already outpaced the number of doses ever distributed in a single season, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, but they voiced concerns about a possible mismatch of one of the strains.

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat

(CIDRAP News) – Starting tomorrow, US inspection and testing of imported Canadian meat and poultry products will roughly double and will include a category of beef products that has not previously been subject to testing, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today.

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

HHS issues guide for using call centers in emergencies

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a guide to help communities retool their health-related call centers into systems for meeting the needs of the public in homes or shelters during emergencies such as a pandemic or bioterrorist attack.

Nov 07, 2007

Nov 07, 2007

FDA food safety plan taps others for inspection help

(CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released yesterday as part of a comprehensive import safety plan, places a heavy emphasis on preventing food contamination by enlisting other groups to help the agency focus inspection efforts on high-risk food products.

Nov 06, 2007

Nov 06, 2007

Report says chikungunya could return in Europe next spring

(CIDRAP News) – Health experts who investigated Europe's first chikungunya outbreak involving transmission by local mosquitoes recently reported that cases could occur again next spring unless vigorous mosquito surveillance and eradication measures are used to control the disease in Italyand prevent its spread to other parts of Europe.

Nov 06, 2007

Nov 06, 2007

US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power

(CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan released by the Bush administration today proposes giving the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) the power to require companies to recall unsafe foods, among a number of other steps.

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