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Dec 30, 2011

Dec 30, 2011

US flu activity remains low, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States remains low, with all major indicators below baseline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Dec 28, 2011

Dec 28, 2011

Novel flu cases prompt new CDC guidance

(CIDRAP News) – Alongside last week's confirmation of another novel flu infection with an H3N2 variant, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a series of documents to advise health and lab workers on how to identify and report new cases.

Dec 23, 2011

Dec 23, 2011

CDC reports two more novel flu infections

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed two more novel flu infections, one an H3N2 variant that has been identified in 11 other patients this year and one an H1N1 variant that has never been reported in humans before.

Dec 23, 2011

Fears about mutant H5N1 hinge on ferrets as flu model

(CIDRAP News) – In the influenza literature, it's a given that ferrets are the best animal model for influenza in humans. They show similar clinical signs of disease, such as fever, coughing, and sneezing, and flu viruses that spread among humans usually spread in ferrets as well.

Dec 21, 2011

Dec 21, 2011

White House claims progress in food safety efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today released a progress report on the work of President Barack Obama's Food Safety Working Group, which has been buoyed by legislation passed earlier this year but faces challenges in implementing the law.

Dec 20, 2011

Dec 20, 2011

Preparedness report card spells out programs at risk for cuts

(CIDRAP News) – Public health programs that detect and respond to bioterror events and disease outbreaks are at risk from federal and state budget cuts, a threat that could worsen over the next year if automatic across-the-board cuts kick in, according to an annual preparedness report card released today.

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