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Oct 16, 2002

Oct 16, 2002

Contact vaccinia risk was low in 1960s but could be higher today

(CIDRAP News) – In the 1960s, the rate of vaccinia virus transmission from people newly vaccinated against smallpox to nonimmunized people was low, but the rate could be higher today because of medical differences between populations then and now, according to a new analysis by smallpox experts.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Medical societies not jumping on bandwagon for mass smallpox vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Two leading medical societies this week urged caution on proposals for smallpox immunization for the public, days after federal health officials expressed qualified support for the idea.

Sep 06, 2002

Sep 06, 2002

Effect of antibiotics on HUS risk in E coli patients called unclear

(CIDRAP News) – A recent meta-analysis does not support the idea that antibiotic treatment increases the risk of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in patients with Escherichia coli O157:H7 enteritis, but the authors say the question isn't settled yet.

Aug 26, 2002

Aug 26, 2002

HHS lists members of Council on Public Health Preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has named the 21 members of his Council on Public Health Preparedness, which will advise HHS on dealing with public health emergencies, including bioterrorism.

May 14, 2002

May 14, 2002

CDC to hear from the public on smallpox vaccination issues

Federal health authorities provide opportunities in the next month for input as they revise the current policy regarding vaccination of the general population.

May 08, 2002

May 08, 2002

May 01, 2002

May 01, 2002

Factors governing infectiousness of anthrax still mysterious, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – A lengthy report by an expert panel on anthrax generally echoes treatment and prevention recommendations made by federal health officials last fall while highlighting how little is known about the epidemiology of the disease, especially how many spores it takes to cause infection.

Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

Anthrax vaccine appears to have no effect on pregnancy rate or outcome

Anthrax vaccination in more than 3,000 Army women had no effect on pregnancy or birth rates and no discernible effect on adverse birth outcomes, according to a study published in this week's JAMA.

Feb 19, 2002

Feb 19, 2002

Reports of recent anthrax cases with no direct occupational exposure now available

(CIDRAP News) – Three case reports from the recent anthrax outbreak published in the February 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrate that even patients without obvious anthrax exposure may be at risk, pointing up the need for heightened public health surveillance and increased public awareness.

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