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Dec 22, 2005

Dec 22, 2005

Tamiflu resistance in avian flu victims sparks concern

(CIDRAP News) – A new report says oseltamivir-resistant forms of H5N1 avian influenza virus were found in two Vietnamese girls who died of the infection, raising doubts about the antiviral drug that many countries are counting on to help protect them from a potential flu pandemic.

Oct 14, 2005

Oct 14, 2005

Oseltamivir-resistant H5N1 virus isolated from Vietnamese girl

(CIDRAP News) – A report published today by scientists who isolated an H5N1 virus resistant to oseltamivir from a infected Vietnamese girl further fuels concern over preparedness for a potential and widely anticipated pandemic caused by the strain.

Apr 01, 2005

Apr 01, 2005

Drug-resistant bacteria linger on chicken, study finds

(CIDRAP News) – A study of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter levels on retail chicken products suggests that the pathogen lingers in chickens long after antibiotic use among the birds is stopped.

Aug 31, 2004

Aug 31, 2004

Flu virus shows surprising resistance to oseltamivir

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza viruses in 18% of a group of Japanese children who were treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) developed resistance to the antiviral drug, which is viewed as one of the key defenses against pandemic influenza, according to a new report in The Lancet.

Oct 27, 2003

Oct 27, 2003

FDA outlines how to gauge risk that animal drugs will spawn superbugs

Editor's note: This story was updated from its original form to include additional details about the FDA guidelines and comments from a pharmaceutical industry representative.

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a guide to help the drug industry assess the risk that antimicrobial drugs intended for use in food animals will spawn resistant bacteria that could ultimately harm human health.

Jul 03, 2002

Jul 03, 2002

Julie Gerberding named director of CDC

(CIDRAP News) – Confirming earlier unofficial reports, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson today named infectious disease expert Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, as the new permanent director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She becomes the first woman to lead the agency.

Jul 02, 2002

Jul 02, 2002

Drug-resistant Salmonella Newport infections linked with eating ground beef

July 2, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – A recent series of 47 cases of salmonellosis in five states has linked an increasingly common multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport with ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 23, 2002

May 23, 2002

Drug-resistant Salmonella Newport in dairy cattle is growing threat, CDC expert says

(CIDRAP News) – Data on recent salmonellosis outbreaks indicate that drug-resistant strains of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport are becoming increasingly common in dairy cattle and are causing a growing share of infections in humans, according to a foodborne disease expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002

Quinolone resistance growing in common foodborne strain of Salmonella

The most common cause of foodborne Salmonella infections grew increasingly resistant to the quinolone nalidixic acid between 1995 and 2000, according to a study from Denmark.

May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002

Expert panel urges halt to nontherapeutic use of antibiotics on farms

(CIDRAP News) – A committee of experts convened by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) says that antibiotics should not be used in agriculture except to treat sick animals and protect healthy animals threatened by disease in the herd or flock.

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