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Aug 29, 2008

Aug 29, 2008

Study: Flu vaccine doesn't lower death rates in elderly

(CIDRAP News) – Some healthcare experts have wondered if large mortality reductions among older people who receive seasonal influenza immunizations are real or if the findings are biased by a "healthy-user" effect. But now a study that more rigorously controlled for confounders suggests that the benefits are overstated.

Aug 28, 2008

Aug 28, 2008

Federal officials lift Salmonella warning on peppers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today lifted their warning about eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico and said the nation's largest foodborne illness outbreak, which was linked to an uncommon Salmonella strain, appears to be over.

Aug 27, 2008

Aug 27, 2008

USDA unveils ban on using disabled cattle in food

(CIDRAP News) – Following up on a May announcement, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a proposed rule to ban any use of disabled cattle for food.

Aug 27, 2008

Aug 27, 2008

H5N1 turns up at Benin poultry market

(CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Benin recently reported that two chickens at a live poultry market tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, the country's first outbreak since the virus was detected there at the end of 2007.

Aug 26, 2008

Aug 26, 2008

Anthrax probe prompts concerns about military labs

(CIDRAP News) –US Navy and Air Force officials recently reported a suspension of work in their biodefense laboratories to allow a thorough review of safety procedures, following the Army's announcement in early August that it would review security measures at the lab that housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Aug 26, 2008

Aug 26, 2008

12 deaths reported in Canadian Listeria outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A Listeria outbreak linked to a Maple Leaf Foods meat product plant in Toronto has expanded to 26 cases, and 12 people have died, though it was not yet clear how many of the deaths were directly due to the illness, Canadian officials announced yesterday.

Aug 25, 2008

Aug 25, 2008

Rhode Island reports H7N3 in swans

(CIDRAP News) – Wildlife officials in Rhode Island recently announced that during routine surveillance they detected the low-pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza in wild mute swans.

The virus was detected in 4 of 11 swans collected from the Seekonk River, near the Swan Point Cemetery, about 4 miles northeast of Providence, according to an Aug 21 press release from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM).

Aug 25, 2008

Aug 25, 2008

H1N1 flu viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – With influenza season well under way in the southern hemisphere, one of the three kinds of seasonal influenza virus is becoming increasingly resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week.

Aug 22, 2008

Aug 22, 2008

Study: Bacterial pneumonia was main killer in 1918 flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – It was secondary bacterial pneumonia—not the influenza virus by itself—that killed most of the millions who perished in the 1918 flu pandemic, which suggests that current pandemic preparations should include stockpiling of antibiotics and bacterial vaccines, influenza researchers reported this week.

Aug 22, 2008

Nonprofits promote flu shots at polling places

(CIDRAP News) – Two national nonprofit health groups are offering local public health departments a shot in the arm for fall influenza vaccination efforts by helping them organize immunization clinics at or near polling places.

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