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Apr 30, 2012

Apr 30, 2012

Outbreak of uncommon Salmonella strain probed in North Carolina

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in North Carolina and their federal partners are investigating an outbreak of an uncommon Salmonella strain that has sickened 34 people who visited or live in Buncombe County since the end of February.

The Buncombe County Health Department (BCHD) listed the strain as Salmonella enterica serotype Paratyphi B and said it has a genetic fingerprint that is not common.

Apr 27, 2012

Apr 27, 2012

Cowpox infection in US lab worker called a first

(CIDRAP News) – A US laboratory worker contracted a painful, slow-healing cowpox virus infection on the job in 2010, marking the first such case reported in the United States, though the virus, a relative of smallpox, is known in Europe and Russia, according to a study published yesterday.

Apr 27, 2012

Flu activity winds down across Northern Hemisphere

(CIDRAP News) – The latest snapshot of the US flu season shows that significant activity is still occurring, though infection levels are declining, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Apr 27, 2012

Dutch officials approve publication of Fouchier's H5N1 study

(CIDRAP News) – The Dutch government has granted virologist Ron Fouchier, PhD, an export license that allows him to submit his much-debated H5N1 transmissibility paper to Science, according to a ScienceInsider report published today.

"Now we can move on," Fouchier told ScienceInsider.

Apr 26, 2012

Apr 26, 2012

Second Salmonella strain cited in growing tuna-linked outbreak

(CIRAP News) – A second strain of Salmonella has been identified in a 21-state outbreak with a contaminated tuna product as the likely cause, and the total number of cases has jumped to 200, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Apr 26, 2012

Apr 26, 2012

Senate committee seeks answers in H5N1 study debate

(CIDRAP News) – Spurred by events surrounding two controversial H5N1 transmission studies, a US Senate committee today questioned federal officials whose agencies have a stake in dual-use research of concern (DURC) about the procedures they use to spot possible bioterror threats.

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