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Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

DoD seeks emergency approval to resume anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Defense (DoD) has asked for emergency authority to ignore a recent court ruling and resume vaccinating military personnel against anthrax because of what is described as an increased risk of attacks on US forces.

Nov 18, 2004

Nov 18, 2004

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Minnesota limits shots for healthcare workers

(CIDRAP News) – Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, clearly recalls when she learned the United States had just lost nearly half of its flu vaccine.

At 9:50 a.m. on Oct 5, Ehresmann knew that her job as manager of the immunization, tuberculosis, and international health section for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) had instantly become much harder. That moment marked the beginning of a series of difficult decisions under fast-changing circumstances.

Nov 01, 2004

Nov 01, 2004

WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 "summit" meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic.

Oct 05, 2004

Oct 05, 2004

Half of US flu vaccine supply suddenly not available

(CIDRAP News) – The vaccine supply for the soon-to-begin influenza season is suddenly in serious condition with news that Chiron Corp., maker of about half the US supply, has been ordered to stop production by British health authorities and will not be shipping its doses.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

WHO stresses prevention over remediation for drinking-water safety

(CIDRAP News) – Calling for better prevention from catchment to consumer, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sep 21 issued new guidelines to ensure drinking-water safety worldwide.

Sep 15, 2004

Sep 15, 2004

Postal Service urged to hone plans for coping with anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the most important lesson gleaned from examining the anthrax exposures in US Postal Service (USPS) facilities in 2001 is that agencies must err on the side of caution to protect people from uncertain and potentially life-threatening risks.

Sep 07, 2004

Sep 07, 2004

CDC issues advisory about Lassa fever case

(CIDRAP News) – A case of Lassa fever in a New Jersey man who fell ill after visiting Liberia has caused federal health officials to issue a health advisory about the viral disease, rarely seen in the United States.

Aug 26, 2004

Aug 26, 2004

HHS releases plan for coping with pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy plan for dealing with the potentially overwhelming threat of an influenza pandemic like those that occurred three times in the last century.

Jul 15, 2004

Jul 15, 2004

West Nile magnifies need for mosquito control

Editor's note: This story was revised Jul 19, 2004, to include additional information about the percentage of West Nile virus infections that result in illness.

(CIDRAP News) – Now that West Nile virus (WNV) is in North America to stay, mosquito control is becoming an important task of the public health system, West Nile experts said at a public health convention in St. Paul today.

Jul 14, 2004

Jul 14, 2004

USDA inspector general says BSE hunt is flawed

(CIDRAP News) – A draft report by the inspector general of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the department's expanded surveillance program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has several flaws that could lead to unreliable estimates of the prevalence of BSE in American cattle.

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