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Feb 15, 2016

Feb 15, 2016
Insect repellent

WHO gives overview of Zika impact; Brazil cites 300 more microcephaly cases

Also, Brazil's health ministry rejected a possible microcephaly link to larvicides, and experts are gathering for a US Zika priority workshop tomorrow.

Sep 02, 2015

Sep 02, 2015
Glove disinfection

West Africa's weekly Ebola total stays at 3 cases

Two cases are in Guinea and 1 in Sierra Leone; also, an IOM task force tackles IHR outbreak response issues.

Jan 17, 2013

Jan 17, 2013

IOM study finds child vaccine schedule safe

(CIDRAP News) – An Institute of Medicine (IOM) review of the safety of the US childhood vaccine schedule turned up no signs that it is unsafe and found that existing vaccine safety databases are best poised—with a few tweaks—to further explore additional questions, according to a report yesterday.

Dec 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

H5N1 researchers question proposed HHS funding framework

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are in the midst of crafting a framework for funding H5N1 avian influenza gain-of-function studies, and today at a workshop they heard varied feedback from researchers, biosecurity experts, and others.

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.

Aug 02, 2012

Aug 02, 2012

National biosurveillance strategy aims to detect manifold threats

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama Administration this week unveiled the nation's first national biosurveillance strategy, designed to detect a range of threats, including bioterror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, agricultural threats, and foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jun 04, 2012

Jun 04, 2012

Report: H1N1 phone triage lines informed, aided patients

(CIDRAP News) – Phone-based flu lines that operated during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic increased public flu knowledge, may have prevented unnecessary 911 calls and visits to health facilities, and eased access to antivirals when appropriate, a recent report found.

May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

Public weighs in on pandemic antiviral distribution

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) yesterday shared findings of three public opinion panels on antiviral distribution during a flu pandemic, including a nod for establishing diverse alternative strategies and support for Web and cell-phone information.

May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012

IOM offers tools to help guide vaccine development

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) yesterday unveiled a decision-support model with a test version of software to help policymakers and other stakeholders determine what vaccines to develop at both national and global levels.

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