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Dec 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2013
Biohazard sign

Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin

Omission of key data from a report of a new botulinum toxin draws strong approval.

Dec 31, 2013
Sharjah, UAE, mosque

WHO reports UAE MERS case, confirms 5 Saudi cases

The wife of a MERS patient from UAE tests positive, and the WHO confirms five Saudi cases.

Dec 30, 2013

Dec 30, 2013
Marigot, St. Martin

Caribbean chikungunya outbreak grows, poses threat to US

Cases have grown to 66 on the French side of St. Martin, which may elevate the US risk.

Dec 30, 2013
Camel with rider

Qatar says MERS-CoV-infected camels now virus-free

A camel herd in Qatar that had MERS-CoV infections tied to human cases seems to be free of the virus.

Dec 27, 2013

Dec 27, 2013
Electromicrograph of pH1N1 influenza virus

US flu activity keeps climbing

A number of parameters indicate rapid spread in some US regions, with 2009 H1N1 the predominant strain.

Dec 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013
Healthcare worker

WHO, Saudi Arabia update MERS case information

WHO confirms a case, and 5 new cases just reported include 3 healthcare workers.

Dec 20, 2013

Dec 20, 2013
Doctors office

Texas cluster part of rising H1N1 activity in state, nation

News of a severe ILI cluster in Texas parallels a dramatic flu rise—mostly from H1N1—in the region and nation.

Dec 20, 2013
Canning at food factory

FDA unveils FSMA food defense rule, will revise 2 others

The proposed rule is the first to prevent intentional contamination of food products.

Dec 19, 2013

Dec 19, 2013
Raw chicken breasts

Consumer Reports finds bacteria common on chicken breasts

Most US samples had bacterial contamination, and a good many had pathogenic varieties.

Dec 19, 2013
Shenzhen aerial view

Shenzhen man in critical condition with H7N9

A 38-year-old man from Shenzhen has H7N9 flu, the fourth recent case in Guangdong province.

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