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Mar 31, 2008

Mar 31, 2008

Three cases raise Indonesia's H5N1 count to 132

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia's health ministry today announced fatal H5N1 avian influenza infections in two young people, aged 11 and 15, and said a 22-month-old girl is hospitalized with an H5N1 infection.

If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the three cases, its human H5N1 count for Indonesia will reach 132 cases with 107 deaths.

Mar 28, 2008

Mar 28, 2008

USDA sets meeting to air next steps on E coli O157

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to hold a public meeting Apr 9 and 10 to gather major stakeholders to consider the agency's next moves in the battle against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef.

In a news release yesterday, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond said the last significant reductions in E coli contamination and related illnesses occurred early in this decade.

Mar 28, 2008

Mar 28, 2008

Salmonella type in Colorado water listed; source still sought

(CIDRAP News) – Water quality officials in Colorado said today that the pathogen that contaminated the city of Alamosa's water system is Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium, which they said might suggest a wild animal source of the pathogen.

Mar 27, 2008

Mar 27, 2008

Swiss find H5N1 in wild duck; India has new outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Switzerland today said samples from an asymptomatic duck were positive for H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India announced a poultry outbreak in another district in West Bengal state.

Mar 26, 2008

Mar 26, 2008

Ducks, rice, people add up to risk of H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – High concentrations of ducks, rice fields, and human populations—rather than chickens—pose the highest risk of sparking deadly H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study.

Mar 25, 2008

Mar 25, 2008

CDC says pandemic drills hone decision-making tools

(CIDRAP News) – Recent pandemic influenza response exercises have helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) improve its tools for making policy decisions quickly, according to senior CDC officials.

Mar 25, 2008

Mar 25, 2008

US officials launch regional stockpile to fight H5N1 in Asia

(CIDRAP News) – The first of three US-funded supply stockpiles aimed at helping authorities in Asia stamp out avian influenza outbreaks opened near Bangkok today.

Eric John, the US ambassador to Thailand, spoke at a ceremony to open a Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in Chachoengsao province, in eastern Thailand, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.

Mar 24, 2008

Mar 24, 2008

Water, cantaloupe blamed in Salmonella outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – State and federal public health officials are managing two large Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contaminated groundwater that has sickened as many as 216 people in Alamosa, Colo., and another that is apparently connected to imported Honduran cantaloupe and involves 59 illnesses in 16 states and Canada.

Mar 20, 2008

Mar 20, 2008

US has enough H5N1 vaccine for 13 million people

(CIDRAP News) – A progress report released today says the US government has stockpiled enough prepandemic H5N1 influenza vaccine for 13 million people, more than double the number listed in the previous report, issued last July.

Mar 19, 2008

Mar 19, 2008

HHS includes online services in pandemic communication drill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently held a tabletop exercise to assess how it could best work with the news media—including blogs and other online-only information sources—to get status updates and vital health information to the American people during an influenza pandemic.

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