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Jul 31, 2009

Jul 31, 2009

House passes bill giving FDA new food safety enforcement powers and resources

(CIDRAP News) –The US House of Representatives yesterday passed sweeping legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more power and resources to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jul 31, 2009

WHO lists warning signs for severe H1N1 disease

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a list of warning signs of possible severe disease in H1N1 flu patients, while adding its voice to the recent warnings about the virus's threat to pregnant women.

Jul 31, 2009

Jul 31, 2009

CDC to seek public's advice on H1N1 vaccination drive

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to gather the public's thoughts in August on how big this fall's H1N1 influenza vaccination drive should be.

Jul 30, 2009

Jul 30, 2009

Packaging, not yield, may be problem for nasal-spray H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – While most vaccine manufacturers have reaped below-average crops of H1N1 influenza vaccine virus from the eggs in which they're grown, MedImmune Inc. has a different problem: high virus yields, but a potential shortage of the devices used to spray the vaccine into the nose.

Jul 30, 2009

CDC's Rich Besser takes TV news post

Editor's note: This story was revised Jul 31 after Besser contacted CIDRAP to say that the date listed for his start at ABC News was incorrect.

(CIDRAP News) – Richard E. Besser, MD, a long-time employee of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who served as the agency's acting director during the beginning of the novel H1N1 virus outbreak, is leaving the agency to work for ABC News.

Jul 30, 2009

Jul 29, 2009

Jul 29, 2009

ACIP targets up to 159 million Americans for H1N1 vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.

Jul 29, 2009

Study on pandemic flu risks in pregnancy finds antiviral treatment delays

(CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who have pandemic H1N1 influenza infection appear to be at greater risk of complications, but some healthcare providers have been hesitant to treat them early with antivirals despite recommendations to do so, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

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