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Mar 31, 2010

Mar 31, 2010

Study profiles another air-travel hazard: norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – To the general risks of airline travel today—overbookings, delays, and knee-crushing seats—passengers can now add another potential indignity: enduring and contracting the explosive vomiting and diarrhea of norovirus infection.

Mar 30, 2010

Mar 30, 2010

South Africa faces wide outbreak of Rift Valley fever

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Rift Valley fever that began in South Africa in February has expanded to five of the country's nine provinces, with 63 human cases and 2 deaths in three provinces, according to national and international health agencies.

Mar 30, 2010

Mar 30, 2010

WHO reports 2 more Egyptian H5N1 cases, 1 fatal

(CIDRAP News) – The avian H5N1 influenza virus has infected two more people in Egypt, one of them fatally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

The two cases were reported by Egypt's health ministry over the last week, when flu blogs picked up on and circulated the foreign-language news reports. The two new cases, including the death, raise Egypt's H5N1 toll to 108 cases, of which 33 have been fatal.

Mar 29, 2010

Mar 29, 2010

Georgia's rise in serious H1N1 cases worries CDC

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials are so concerned by an uptick of serious cases of H1N1 flu in the southeastern United States that they called a short-notice press briefing today to urge Americans to be vaccinated against the pandemic strain.

Mar 29, 2010

WHO sets up external panel to review pandemic response

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today said it is in the final stages of putting together an independent committee to review its preparation for and response to the H1N1 pandemic, a group of about 29 experts that will meet for the first time in the middle of April.

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