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Apr 23, 2002

Apr 23, 2002

FDA says pufferfish caught off Florida may contain neurotoxin

The FDA has warned against eating pufferfish caught near Titusville, Fla., in the wake of 10 cases of neurologic illness that have been linked with the fish since January.

Apr 19, 2002

Apr 19, 2002

British woman living in Florida has probable case of vCJD

(CIDRAP News) – A British woman living in Florida has what appears to be the first case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) reported in a US resident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Apr 19, 2002

Foodborne bacterial disease rates dropped 23% from 1996 to 2001, CDC says

The incidence of seven commmon foodborne bacterial diseases dropped 23% between 1996 and 2001, at least in part because of new meat-processing safety rules and other federal food safety efforts in the last few years, according to the CDC.

Apr 15, 2002

Apr 15, 2002

FDA warns of infection risk in powdered infant formulas

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), citing a risk of serious infections with Enterobacter sakazakii, has recommended that milk-based powdered infant formulas not be used in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) unless there is no alternative.

Apr 12, 2002

Apr 12, 2002

State public health emergency bills getting favorable reception

With only 6 months elapsed since the anthrax outbreak of 2001, at least six states have passed legislation expanding their power to cope with public health emergencies, including the power to require people to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined.

Apr 08, 2002

Apr 08, 2002

Emergency responders see need for better safety gear and training

Many emergency response workers feel they don't have adequate safety equipment and training for situations like the Sep 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax attacks, according to a new federal report.

Apr 04, 2002

Apr 04, 2002

Lack of gloves, poor cleaning led to cutaneous anthrax in lab worker

MMWR report says worker had not been vaccinated against anthrax and the vials were cleaned with isopropyl alcohol rather than bleach.

Apr 03, 2002

Apr 03, 2002

Team of four will lead CDC until new director is named

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announces that three at CDC plus CIDRAP's director to guide transition.
Apr 03, 2002

Wyoming E coli O157:H7 outbreak showed hazards in small water systems

A 1998 outbreak of E coli O157:H7 in a small town pointed up the vulnerability of small, unchlorinated water systems to contamination, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

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