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Sep 28, 2012

Sep 28, 2012

Researchers find novel hemorrhagic fever virus in Africa

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers have identified a new virus that can cause hemorrhagic fever in humans, based on their investigation of an unusual outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2009 that sickened three people, killing two.

Sep 28, 2012

Sep 28, 2012

Scientists sequence new coronavirus, develop diagnostic tests

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the Erasmus University lab that first identified the novel coronavirus implicated in two severe infections have published its full genome sequence, which they and other European scientists used to develop two assays to help confirm any future infections.

Sep 27, 2012

Sep 27, 2012

USDA expands health alert for recalled Canadian beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday expanded its warning to consumers about ground beef components imported from a Canadian company after the company's steaks were linked to eight Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in Canada.

Sep 27, 2012

Sep 27, 2012

Full genome sequence of novel coronavirus expected shortly

British health officials said today that a Rotterdam lab that first characterized the novel coronavirus linked recently to two severe illnesses hopes to publish the whole genome in the next 24 to 48 hours, and the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA) launched guidance to help clinicians investigate and manage possible cases.

Sep 26, 2012

Sep 26, 2012

States again score well in CDC preparedness report

(CIDRAP News) – State and local public health departments generally maintained or improved their capabilities for testing and identifying biological agents and coordinating emergency responses in 2011, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on state public health preparedness.

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