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Jun 20, 2008

Jun 20, 2008

Salmonella cases jump as hunt for source narrows

(CIDRAP News) – Cases identified in a national Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes jumped to 552 today as the hunt for the contamination source narrowed to "certain farms" in Florida and Mexico and their distribution chains, US officials announced.

Jun 19, 2008

Jun 19, 2008

New state reports push Salmonella outbreak count to 383

(CIDRAP News) – The number of patients sickened in a Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes has grown by 106 more cases, a sign that states have ramped up their surveillance in response to the event, federal food safety officials said at news conference yesterday.

Jun 18, 2008

Jun 18, 2008

Coalition declares 'final push' to end polio

(CIDRAP News) – The international coalition of health agencies dedicated to ending polio yesterday declared a "final push" toward the long-delayed goal of eradicating the disease. But its members coupled the announcement with a plea for millions of dollars in donations to fill shortfalls, and with an admission that the 20-year-old campaign continues to face stubborn challenges.

Jun 17, 2008

Jun 17, 2008

CDC funds tests to sort seasonal, avian flu

(CDIRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded two contracts worth a total of $12.9 million to develop influenza tests, with the aim of making it possible to distinguish seasonal from avian flu viruses within 3 hours.

Jun 16, 2008

Jun 16, 2008

Case cluster found in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that a localized cluster of nine cases has emerged in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes, giving officials a solid lead in their hunt for the source of contaminated produce that has so far sickened 277 people in 28 states.

Jun 13, 2008

Jun 13, 2008

Congress voices frustration as Salmonella toll rises

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes has climbed to 228 in 23 states, while federal lawmakers voiced frustration over what they saw as slow progress toward improving produce safety.

Jun 12, 2008

Jun 12, 2008

Death rate for flu, pneumonia fell sharply in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the death rate in the United States dropped significantly from 2005 to 2006, led by a 12.8% decline in mortality related to seasonal influenza and pneumonia.

The findings were released in a 52-page preliminary report on death trends for 2006 from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Jun 10, 2008

Jun 10, 2008

Tracing air travelers at risk for disease still tough

(CIDRAP News) – Five years after the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic spread around the globe via air travel, significant barriers still stand in the way of tracking down and notifying airline passengers who may have been exposed to an infectious disease.

Jun 09, 2008

Jun 09, 2008

Tomato-linked Salmonella outbreak spreads to 16 states

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned consumers nationwide to avoid certain raw tomatoes as the number of people sickened in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak grew to 145 cases in 16 states.

Jun 06, 2008

Jun 06, 2008

Hawaii begins testing some arriving travelers for flu

(CIDRAP News) – The first real test of a new program to screen some arriving passengers at the Honolulu airport for flu-like illness went smoothly this week, according to an official with the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH).

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