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Feb 03, 2015

Feb 03, 2015
Pills and money

Infectious-disease programs fare well in Obama's 2016 budget

Highlights include funds for antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism preparedness, and a unified food safety agency.

Sep 26, 2012

Sep 26, 2012

States again score well in CDC preparedness report

(CIDRAP News) – State and local public health departments generally maintained or improved their capabilities for testing and identifying biological agents and coordinating emergency responses in 2011, according to an annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on state public health preparedness.

Aug 17, 2012

Aug 17, 2012

Public health officials respond to critique of BioWatch

In the wake of a newspaper investigation that questioned the value of the federal BioWatch program for detecting dangerous airborne pathogens, some public health officials familiar with the program acknowledge that it's far from perfect, but they say it's not time to scrap it.

Feb 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012

Proposed US budget taps prevention funds, leans on user fees

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama administration today proposed a fiscal year 2013 budget that would use prevention funds to cover some preparedness and public health activities and count on user fees to support more of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) food safety initiatives.

Jan 25, 2012

Jan 25, 2012

HHS issues medical surge guidance for healthcare systems

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new planning tool to help hospitals and health systems prepare for medical surges that could result from a bioterror attack, natural disaster, or other public health emergency.

May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011

Public health groups sound warning about preparedness cuts

(CIDRAP News) – Two public health advocacy groups this week warned that recent cuts in US preparedness funding could hamstring the nation's response to a health emergency such as a bioterrorism attack, flu pandemic, or natural disaster.

Jan 28, 2011

Jan 28, 2011

Experts air kinks in antiviral use during H1N1 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Although antiviral drugs were used to treat many seriously sick people during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, experts at a conference today said they could have been used more widely and that some opportunities to learn from their use were missed.

Feb 19, 2010

Feb 19, 2010

CDC flu barometers show level activity

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity in the United States stayed level for the fourth week in a row, though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported slight increases in the number of outpatient visits for flu-like illnesses and deaths from pneumonia and influenza.

Feb 17, 2010

Feb 17, 2010

Sebelius lauds pandemic partnerships

(CIDRAP News) – As pandemic flu activity across the nation wanes, federal health officials are already reviewing the government's response and lessons learned to help blunt the impact of the next national public health emergency, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said yesterday.

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