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Jul 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016
Miami skyline

Florida confirms local spread in 4 Zika cases

"As we anticipated, Zika is now here," CDC Director Tom Frieden says.

Jun 09, 2016

Jun 09, 2016
Researcher with syringe

Needle stick infects lab worker with Zika virus

Also, the NAS says more research is needed on genetically modified mosquitoes.

Oct 15, 2014

Oct 15, 2014
Commercial airliner

Second Ebola-infected Dallas nurse triggers air passenger tracing

The nurse had flown from Ohio hours before she reported having a fever.

Aug 11, 2014

Aug 11, 2014

News Scan for Aug 11, 2014

Another chikungunya spike
MERS case in Saudi Arabia
Salmonella from baby poultry
Polio vaccination in Iraq

Apr 01, 2013

Apr 01, 2013

China reports three H7N9 infections, two fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials yesterday announced three severe respiratory infections, two of them fatal, from H7N9 influenza, a subtype that has not been known to infect humans before.

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

CDC midseason check finds scant flu vaccine effect for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine over the past few months has provided moderate protection overall but didn't have a significant impact on protecting seniors, a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed today.

Jan 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013

Research moratorium on modified H5N1 viruses ends

(CIDRAP News) – A year-long voluntary moratorium on research involving transmissible H5N1 avian flu viruses ended today with a letter from a group of scientists that supports resuming the work in countries that have addressed the biosafety issues involved.

Jan 11, 2013

Jan 11, 2013

CDC's early-season look finds flu vaccine 62% effective

(CIDRAP News) – An early assessment of this year's influenza vaccine shows it has provided a "moderate" level of protection at 62% so far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. That vaccine effectiveness (VE) level is about the same as in recent seasons and as found in a recent careful meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Dec 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012

HHS offers some forecasts on medical countermeasures

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a few predictions on when certain new countermeasures against biological threats will become available, including a forecast for two novel influenza drugs and possibly a next-generation anthrax vaccine within the next 5 years.

Oct 15, 2012

Oct 15, 2012

Report: Complacency, misperception stymie quest for better flu vaccines

The world needs much better influenza vaccines, but the quest for them faces a formidable barrier: overconfidence about the effectiveness of existing influenza vaccines.

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