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Aug 31, 2010

Aug 31, 2010

SHEA joins call to require flu shots for health workers

Editor's note: This story was revised Sep 1 to reflect a recent change in the Infectious Diseases Society of America's position on mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers.

Aug 31, 2010

Latex labeling change causes minor delay for some flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Three vaccine makers are making label changes to their seasonal flu vaccine doses for the US market, warning healthcare providers that the tip caps on syringes may contain natural rubber latex, an allergen to sensitive individuals. This development will slightly reduce the number of doses and delay delivery of some doses by 2 or 3 weeks.

Aug 30, 2010

Aug 30, 2010

FDA reports show multiple biosecurity gaps at two egg farms

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today released their initial inspection reports of the two Iowa companies linked to the nation's biggest egg recall, which reveal multiple biosecurity breaches, such as rodent infestation, wild birds in poultry barns, and instances in which chicken manure could have contaminated egg-laying areas.

Aug 30, 2010

HHS funds development of drug for plague, tularemia

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a contract to a San Francisco company to further the development of a new broad-spectrum antibiotic for treating plague, tularemia, and various resistant infections.

Aug 27, 2010

Aug 27, 2010

West Nile infections raise preparedness concerns in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – A West Nile virus (WNV) seroprevalence study of Italian organ donors revealed that 1.2% of 1,248 serum samples were positive and that some of the donors who had been exposed to the virus were from regions where infection wasn't thought to be a risk.

Aug 27, 2010

Congress food watchdog sets egg-recall hearing

(CIDRAP News) – The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce yesterday announced that it will hold a hearing on Sep 14 to address the safety of the nation's food supply in the wake of a recent Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to two Iowa farms.

Aug 26, 2010

Aug 26, 2010

Tests find outbreak strain at Wright County Egg farms, in feed

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today announced that samples from two chicken farms, chicken feed, and feed components at Wright County Egg, one of the two Iowa companies implicated in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak, match the outbreak strain found in sick patients.

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