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Dec 29, 2006

Dec 29, 2006

Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.

The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.

Dec 19, 2006

Dec 19, 2006

State progress on health preparedness called slow

(CIDRAP News) – Though the United States observed the fifth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks this fall, the nation's public health emergency preparedness has improved slowly and remains inadequate, according to a report last week from the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Dec 18, 2006

Dec 18, 2006

Flu shot coverage in toddlers varied widely in 2005-06

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccination coverage in children between 6 and 23 months old varied widely across the country in the 2005-06 flu season, the second season in which shots were recommended for that age-group, according to federal health officials.

Dec 14, 2006

Dec 14, 2006

IOM says community measures may help in a pandemic

(CIDRAP New) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) weighed in with a clear "maybe" this week on whether community interventions such as school closures, quarantine, and respiratory etiquette could help blunt the impact of an influenza pandemic.

Dec 13, 2006

Dec 13, 2006

Lettuce suspected in Taco Bell E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A case-control investigation points to lettuce as the likeliest source of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants, federal officials said today.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Cause of E coli outbreak still elusive as cases mount

(CIDRAP News) – The cause of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants remained elusive today as the number of cases increased to 67 in 5 states, according to federal officials.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Expert says late antiviral treatment may still help H5N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered too late, according to a Reuters report today.

Dec 11, 2006

Dec 11, 2006

CDC rates hospital bioterrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Soon after the terrorist attacks of 2001, Congress approved emergency funds to teach hospital staffs how to recognize and respond to bioterrorism attacks, and today the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its first report on those efforts.

Dec 08, 2006

Dec 08, 2006

Taco Bell E coli outbreak grows; source still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants has climbed to 62 in 6 states, and it's too early to blame the outbreak on green onions, federal officials said today.

Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

Gene chip test can identify wide range of pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – A new diagnostic tool that involves thousands of fragments of genetic material on a glass slide can identify a vast range of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, according to a report from an international team of researchers.

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