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Dec 27, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

With new rules, few public health labs to handle riskiest agents

(CIDRAP News) – With tougher security requirements set to take effect next April, few state public health laboratories plan to maintain stocks of certain pathogens considered most tempting to bioterrorists, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and officials with state labs.

Sep 14, 2012

Sep 14, 2012

Latest variant flu cases include rare H1N1 strain

(CIDRAP News) – The number of swine-origin H3N2 (variant H3N2, or H3N2v) influenza cases in the United States has climbed by 9 in the past week, to 305, and another rare swine-origin variant, H1N1v, has cropped up in Missouri, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Sep 13, 2012

Sep 13, 2012

Tight rabies vaccine supply prompts health alerts

(CIDRAP News) – Health departments in some states have alerted their providers about a thin supply of rabies vaccine that has limited pre-exposure prophylaxis and altered how they obtain vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).

Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

Flu parallels: Swine-origin H1N2 has gene from 2009 H1N1

(CIDRAP News) – The swine-origin H1N2 virus found in three Minnesotans last week carries the matrix gene from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus, marking the first time such a virus has been found in humans, according to state and federal health officials.

Aug 31, 2012

Aug 31, 2012

Minnesota reports another swine flu virus in humans

(CIDRAP News) – Three people contracted H1N2 influenza infections, a strain very rarely seen in humans, after exposure to pigs at the Minnesota State Fair in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced this afternoon.

Aug 21, 2012

Aug 21, 2012

H3N2v infections spark debate about barring pigs from fairs

(CIDRAP News) – The type of flu transmission occurring mainly in young people directly exposed to pigs at fairs this summer is unprecedented, and health officials should consider keeping pigs away from the events, according to one infectious disease expert who has gone on record with his concerns.

Aug 20, 2012

Aug 20, 2012

Minnesota reports first variant H3N2 cases, CDC urges school vigilance

Minnesota health officials today reported the state's first cases of the novel H3N2 flu mainly linked to contact with pigs at agricultural fairs. And with cases of H3N2v climbing across the nation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently urged schools to be on the lookout for infections.

Aug 17, 2012

Aug 17, 2012

Tainted cantaloupe sickens 141 in 20 states

(CIDRAP News) -- State and federal officials are investigating a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that has been linked to cantaloupe and has so far sickened 141 people in 20 states, with two fatal cases in Kentucky.

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