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Feb 28, 2011

Feb 28, 2011

State, local lawmakers ponder paid sick leave legislation

(CIDRAP News) – Connecticut lawmakers are set to debate a law that would require most employers to offer paid sick leave, armed with the results of a new survey that suggests that San Francisco workers benefitted from a similar law.

Feb 28, 2011

Egypt reports 3 H5N1 infections, 1 fatal

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three more H5N1 avian influenza infections in Egypt, one of them fatal, that surfaced during the weeks surrounding the country's recent political upheaval.

Feb 25, 2011

Feb 25, 2011

NEWS SCAN: Plague in Oregon, live malaria vaccine

Two human plague cases reported in OregonTwo cases of human plague, the first in Oregon since 1995 and the only US cases in 2010, were reported by the Oregon Health Authority in September 2010, according to an article in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The patients, ages 17 and 42, lived in the same household and had symptoms at the same time. Both had high fever and multiple bilateral inguinal buboes.

Feb 25, 2011

Feb 25, 2011

US flu activity edges higher

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity edged upward in the United States last week, with more states reporting widespread cases and more clinic visits attributed to influenza-like illness (ILI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Forty-four states reported widespread flu activity in the week that ended Feb 19, compared with 37 states the week before. Four states had regional activity, versus 10 a week earlier.

Feb 25, 2011

FDA picks current strains for 2011-12 flu season

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) vaccine advisory group today voted to follow the World Health Organization's (WHO's) lead in keeping the current three strains for 2011-12 seasonal flu vaccine.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee helps guide pharmaceutical companies that will be making seasonal flu vaccine for the US market.

Feb 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

FDA approves preliminary test for norovirus

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced approval of what it calls the first test for preliminary identification of norovirus, intended for use in outbreaks in which there is a likely transmission pathway.

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