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Jul 31, 2012

Jul 31, 2012

Fauci urges continuing pause on risky H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the US agency that funds much influenza research today called on scientists to continue their voluntary moratorium on certain kinds of potentially hazardous H5N1 research, saying they need to better address public concerns about the studies, according to news reports from a flu meeting in New York City.

Jul 31, 2012

Novel H3N8 strain found in dead seals may pose human threat

(CIDRAP News) – A research team that analyzed the strain of H3N8 influenza linked to a baby seal die-off in New England last year found that it originated in birds and has adapted to mammals, signaling a possible threat to humans and animals alike.

Jul 30, 2012

Jul 30, 2012

2011 brought little change in foodborne disease incidence

(CIDRAP News) – The incidence of illnesses caused by the most common foodborne pathogens, with the exception of Escherichia coli O157:H7, has stayed about the same or increased a bit over the past few years, according to 2011 data released by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).

Jul 30, 2012

Fourteen deaths reported in Uganda Ebola outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – An Ebola outbreak in Uganda that has killed 14 people has mobilized global efforts to contain the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Among the dead are a healthcare worker and several members of the same family, and Ebola cases, including the fatal ones, have now reached 20, the agency said.

Jul 27, 2012

Jul 27, 2012

Gene analysis connects Cambodian EV-71 to Asian outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – A preliminary genetic analysis of enterovirus serotype 71 (EV-71) isolates from Cambodia suggests that the virus is part of ongoing EV-71 outbreaks in Asia and is similar to those in other countries in the region, including Vietnam.

Jul 27, 2012

Senator says automatic cuts would hurt preparedness grants

(CIDRAP News) – The federal grant program that helps states improve their public health emergency preparedness could lose more than $48 million in fiscal year 2013 funding, a 7.8% reduction, if automatic budget cuts kick in, according to a recent report from a Democrat who chairs a Senate appropriations subcommittee.

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