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Nov 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011

FDA denies pleas to restrict antibiotic use in livestock

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a pair of long-pending petitions from consumer and other groups to limit the use of several antibiotics in farm animals, saying a voluntary approach the agency proposed last year will lead to more "judicious use" of the drugs in agriculture.

Nov 09, 2011

Nov 09, 2011

Cholera in Haiti: Vaccine plan readied; group sues UN

(CIDRAP News) – Two medical aid groups in cholera-stricken Haiti are planning a pilot campaign to administer a cholera vaccine to about 1% of the population, but some public health experts are questioning whether the effort is the most cost-effective way to fight the disease, according to press reports.

Nov 09, 2011

Five-state Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken livers

(CIDRAP News) – A New York food processor has recalled broiled chicken liver products that have been linked to at least 169 Salmonella Heidelberg infections in five states, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state health departments.

Nov 07, 2011

Nov 07, 2011

Risk factors in kids who died of 2009 H1N1 included MRSA

(CIDRAP News) – A study billed as the largest to date of children who were critically ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza infections shows that neurologic conditions, immune problems, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) coinfections increased their risk of dying.

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