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Jul 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017
Old smallpox vaccine

Panel's smallpox sample probe yields policy recommendations, lingering questions

Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.

Mar 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2017
NIH researcher

Trump's budget cuts 20% of NIH; groups express outrage

The budget supports earlier commitment to Gavi vaccine initiatives but dials back funds for other global health efforts.

Jul 12, 2016

Jul 12, 2016
Airplane for aerial mosquito spraying

Experts warn spraying may not be very effective against Aedes

Vector control experts voice concern over a CDC/EPA plan to spray in Puerto Rico.

May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016
Zika baby

More eye problems found in babies with Zika-linked microcephaly

Also, Consumer Reports warns that some plant-based repellents don't work well against Aedes mosquitoes.

May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
Aedes aegypti mosquito

Zika found in wild mosquitoes; US reviews Wolbachia use

Also, PAHO posts ethics guidance, and Colombia and Costa Rica note microcephaly.

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.

Nov 30, 2011

Nov 30, 2011

NRC advocates posting meat and poultry plant inspection data

(CIDRAP News) – Publicly posting the federal testing and enforcement data on meat, poultry, and egg product facilities could have important public health benefits, as long as the information is accurate, is easy to understand, and protects companies' proprietary information, according to a report today from the National Research Council (NRC).

Sep 23, 2011

Sep 23, 2011

CDC notes 72% rise in water-related outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks linked to both recreational water and drinking water have increased substantially, according to two reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which said that Cryptosporidium contamination and groundwater problems pose special challenges.

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