News & Perspective

Jun 29, 2004

Jun 29, 2004

Genes for anthrax toxin found in another microbe

Editor's Note: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where the research described was accomplished, was inadvertently omitted from the list of author affiliations in the 4th paragraph below; the article was updated Jul 1, 2004, to include this information.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The possibility of a smallpox outbreak highlights a key threat to America's public health system: What if a person needs a vaccine but there is no nurse to give the shot?

America's growing shortage of qualified public health workers could undermine terrorism preparedness, according to a recent report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Jun 14, 2004

Jun 14, 2004

FDA approves generic forms of ciprofloxacin

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved the first generic versions of ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the antibiotic that drew national attention when it was used after the mail-borne anthrax attacks in 2001.

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism.

Jun 10, 2004

Jun 10, 2004

USPS hopes to install 100 anthrax detectors this year

(CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has begun installing anthrax-detection systems in major mail-processing centers and hopes to have the equipment in 100 facilities by the end of this year.

After testing the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) for nearly 2 years in Baltimore, the USPS began installing the system in major processing and distribution centers in March, said Bob Anderson, a USPS spokesman in Washington, DC.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.