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Jul 07, 2008

Jul 07, 2008

Jalapenos eyed in Salmonella outbreak probe

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators are eyeing jalapeno peppers as the possible culprit in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 943 people in 40 states and involved at least one death.

Jul 03, 2008

Jul 03, 2008

US West Nile rate stable for past 4 years

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had 3,630 reported human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease in 2007, indicating that the incidence has stayed about the same for the past 4 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jul 02, 2008

Jul 02, 2008

FDA claims progress on food protection plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years.

Jul 01, 2008

Jul 01, 2008

Nebraska firm's beef linked to E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that a Nebraska company has recalled about 530,000 pounds of beef after the company's products were implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened 35 people in Michigan and Ohio.

Jun 27, 2008

Jun 27, 2008

Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800

(CIDRAP News) – Frustrated federal officials today reported they were still hunting for a major break in their investigation of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tomatoes, and for the first time they hinted that another type of produce might be responsible for the illnesses, which have now risen to 810 confirmed cases.

Jun 26, 2008

Jun 26, 2008

CDC says 83 children died of flu in 2007-08

(CIDRAP News) – Eighty-three children in the United States died of influenza during the past flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a report confirming previous indications that the season was a relatively rough one.

Jun 25, 2008

Jun 25, 2008

Ground beef suspected in two-state E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal and state officials yesterday reported an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 24 patients in Michigan and Ohio, and state officials say their investigations are pointing to ground beef as the likely source.

Jun 24, 2008

Jun 24, 2008

Tomato-linked Salmonella cases push past 600

(CIDRAP News) – The number of cases confirmed in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to certain types of fresh tomatoes swelled to 613 over the past 3 days, as federal officials ruled out several Mexican states in an investigation that has focused on Mexico and parts of Florida as possible sources of the contaminated produce.

Jun 24, 2008

Asthma patients have low flu-vaccination rate

(CIDRAP News) – Only about 36% of people suffering from asthma received an influenza shot in the 2005-06 flu season, despite their increased risk for flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 23, 2008

Jun 23, 2008

Health leaders: World far from ready for flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The world is far from being well prepared for an influenza pandemic, leading national and international health officials warned at a meeting in Malaysia last week.

As the H5N1 avian influenza virus continues to thrive in birds, there is no vaccine that can provide sure protection if it evolves into a pandemic strain, and governments are paying less attention to the threat, officials said.

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