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Aug 28, 2008

Aug 28, 2008

Federal officials lift Salmonella warning on peppers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today lifted their warning about eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico and said the nation's largest foodborne illness outbreak, which was linked to an uncommon Salmonella strain, appears to be over.

Aug 26, 2008

Aug 26, 2008

Anthrax probe prompts concerns about military labs

(CIDRAP News) –US Navy and Air Force officials recently reported a suspension of work in their biodefense laboratories to allow a thorough review of safety procedures, following the Army's announcement in early August that it would review security measures at the lab that housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Aug 22, 2008

Aug 22, 2008

Nonprofits promote flu shots at polling places

(CIDRAP News) – Two national nonprofit health groups are offering local public health departments a shot in the arm for fall influenza vaccination efforts by helping them organize immunization clinics at or near polling places.

Aug 21, 2008

Aug 21, 2008

Officials say Salmonella outbreak winding down

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked mainly to fresh hot peppers from Mexico is ending, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday, amid reports that contaminated shipments had been turned back at the US border well before the outbreak and that some restaurants and grocery stores are still buying the imported peppers.

Aug 19, 2008

Aug 19, 2008

Researchers find long-lived immunity to 1918 pandemic virus

(CIDRAP News) – A study of the blood of older people who survived the 1918 influenza pandemic reveals that antibodies to the strain have lasted a lifetime and can perhaps be engineered to protect future generations against similar strains.

Aug 14, 2008

Aug 14, 2008

Researchers probe pandemic potential of H9N2 virus

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists have warned it's impossible to predict which avian influenza virus will spark the next pandemic, and while most of the attention has been on highly pathogenic H5N1, one research group is reporting new findings that raise concerns about the threat from the low-pathogenic H9N2 virus.

Aug 11, 2008

Aug 11, 2008

Second E coli outbreak linked to meat from Nebraska Beef

(CIDRAP News) – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., a processor based in Omaha, has recalled 1.2 million pounds of its beef after federal and state officials linked its products to a second multistate Escherichia coli O157H7 outbreak that has so far sickened 31 people in 12 states and Canada.

Aug 06, 2008

Aug 06, 2008

FDA approvals clear way for flu vaccine marketing

Editor's note: This story was updated Aug 7 to include information about the start of influenza vaccine shipments by Novartis.

(CIDRAP News) – The six companies that make influenza vaccine for the US market have won federal approval for their version of this year's vaccine, in which all three flu strains used in last year's product have been replaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.

Aug 05, 2008

Aug 05, 2008

Massachusetts, Virginia probe E coli outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Massachusetts officials announced yesterday that they were investigating six Escherichia coli O157:H7 illnesses that are linked to a multistate outbreak, while Virginia officials report that E coli has sickened as many as 73 Boy Scouts at a camp.

Aug 04, 2008

Aug 04, 2008

FDA finds tainted jalapenos at supermarket warehouse

(CIDRAP News) – A grocery chain based in Arizona removed Mexican-grown jalapeno peppers from its produce departments after some of the peppers from one of its distributors tested positive for the Salmonella outbreak strain, as the number of sick linked to the outbreak today climbed to 1,330.

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