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Sep 30, 2008

Sep 30, 2008

Public health groups report emergency preparedness gains

(CIDRAP News) – Four organizations that represent many of the nation's public health officials issued a report yesterday detailing how 6 years of federal funding has improved preparedness, though serious challenges remain, such as hiring and training lab workers and local preparedness planners.

Sep 29, 2008

Sep 29, 2008

Researchers link home foreclosures to West Nile virus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Some public health officials have feared that one of the many miseries of rising home foreclosure—and the neglected water sources that follow—could be rising rates of human West Nile virus infections, and now California researchers who studied surveillance data for the Bakersfield area have confirmed the connection.

Sep 26, 2008

Sep 26, 2008

Emergent garners $29 million for new anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions announced today that it has received a $29.7 million contract from the federal government to continue work on another of its next-generation anthrax vaccine candidates.

Sep 26, 2008

Sep 26, 2008

Flu shots for small children slow to catch on

(CIDRAP News) – Surveys indicate that recommendations to immunize small children against influenza have been slow to catch on, while flu immunization for adults was somewhat slow to recover from a setback caused by a vaccine shortage 4 years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 25, 2008

Sep 25, 2008

HHS Web seminar touts personal pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted a live webcast to teach laypeople and community groups how to prepare their homes and families for a pandemic, and they fielded a range of questions, from the size of food stockpiles to elbow bumps versus high fives in sports settings.

Sep 25, 2008

CDC awards funds for new pandemic planning approaches

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced the awarding of $24 million to fund state and local projects aimed at innovative approaches to boost the nation's readiness for an influenza pandemic.

Sep 24, 2008

Sep 24, 2008

CDC expects plentiful, on-target flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Public health and medical leaders predicted today that this year's influenza vaccine will match up well with circulating flu viruses—unlike last year's vaccine—and that plenty of doses will be available.

Sep 24, 2008

Indonesia reports H5N1 decline in poultry flocks

(CIDRAP News) – An agriculture ministry official in Indonesia who spoke yesterday at a pandemic planning conference for businesses said the number of poultry outbreaks caused by the H5N1 avian influenza virus is declining.

Sep 23, 2008

Sep 23, 2008

WHO keeps same strains for 2009 southern hemisphere flu vaccine

Editor's note: The second paragraph of this story was revised on Sep 24 to correct an error. On the basis of information from ProMED-mail (published by the International Society for Infectious Diseases), the original version said it was unusual for the southern hemisphere vaccine composition to be the same as the preceding northern hemisphere vaccine. A later ProMED-mail posting made clear that this is not unusual.

Sep 23, 2008

US awards contracts in hunt for versatile biodefense drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Two organizations recently reported winning US government contracts for research on drugs that could work against multiple bioterror-related diseases such as plague, tularemia, and anthrax.

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