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Mar 31, 2011

Mar 31, 2011

US awards contract for long-acting flu antiviral

(CIDRAP News) – The US government today announced the award of a $231 million, 5-year contract to an Australian company for advanced development of a single-dose, long-acting influenza drug in the neuraminidase inhibitor class.

The contract was awarded to Biota Scientific Management Pty, Ltd., of Melbourne, according to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mar 31, 2011

Electronic faucets in hospitals may raise infection risks

(CIDRAP News) – Electronic, non-touch faucets are being used in many healthcare facilities to save water and improve hand hygiene, but the faucets may actually increase the risk of infections for some patients, according to research findings released by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) today.

Mar 30, 2011

Mar 30, 2011

USDA audit finds communication glitches in egg recalls

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of a massive egg recall in August 2010, an investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) into the role of its egg graders recently found that communication breakdowns between producers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the egg graders led to problems in another egg recall 3 months later.

Mar 29, 2011

Mar 29, 2011

Influenza B viruses with lower antiviral sensitivity reported

(CIDRAP News) – North Carolina health officials have reported a number of influenza B isolates with reduced sensitivity to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a rare finding, but they say antivirals remain effective and there is no reason for clinicians to change their prescribing practices.

Mar 29, 2011

Egypt reports 3 H5N1 infections, 1 fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt's health ministry has announced three more H5N1 avian influenza infections, including a 32-year-old man who died, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

The three new illnesses and death push Egypt's H5N1 burden so far this year to 14 cases, which include 5 deaths. The WHO said investigations into all three illnesses suggest that the patients had been exposed to sick and dead poultry.

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