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Jun 07, 2002

Jun 07, 2002

Proposed Homeland Security Department would take over bioterrorism-related work

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's proposal to consolidate homeland security programs in a new Cabinet department apparently would take sizable bioterrorism-related programs away from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Jun 07, 2002

HHS announces $747 million in biodefense grants to states and cities

(CIDRAP News) – The distribution of $747 million in federal grants to states for bioterrorism preparedness was announced yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

The funds are being distributed following an HHS review of public health preparedness plans developed by the states, territories, and three major cities (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago), Thompson said.

Jun 06, 2002

Jun 06, 2002

Large Dallas outbreak of salmonellosis linked to hotel food worker

(CIDRAP News) Ð A prolonged salmonellosis outbreak that affected 650 people from all 50 states was linked to a Dallas hotel food worker who was infected with Salmonella but had no symptoms, according to the Texas Department of Health (TDH).

Jun 06, 2002

Jun 06, 2002

CDC confirms cutaneous anthrax case reported in lab worker in April

(CIDAP News) – Blood serum tests have confirmed the suspected case of cutaneous anthrax in a Texas laboratory worker that was first reported in early April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 31, 2002

May 31, 2002

USDA releases $43.4 million to help states combat animal, plant diseases

(CIDRAP News) – The release of $43.4 million in federal funds to help states detect and respond to animal and plant disease emergencies was announced yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman.

The money is a share of $328 million in homeland security funds that Congress and President Bush approved earlier this year for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA officials said in a news release.

May 31, 2002

Smallpox vaccination policy: CDC sets meeting schedule, seeks electronic input

(CIDRAP News) – In their initiative to take the public's pulse on smallpox immunization policy, federal health officials have announced the schedule for five upcoming public forums and have set up a Web page to gather comments on policy options.

May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

Food supply's vulnerability to attack deserves more discussion, Osterholm says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' food supply makes an attractive target for terrorists, and people in the food industry need to talk more frankly about the risks, bioterrorism expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in a Minneapolis speech yesterday.

May 28, 2002

May 28, 2002

Mathematical model suggests six anthrax letters spread spores to 5,000 more

(CIDRAP News) – A mathematical model developed by two researchers suggests that six letters used in last fall's anthrax attacks spread anthrax spores to more than 5,000 other pieces of mail and led to the deaths of two women who had no known exposure to the pathogen.

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

Congress approves wide-ranging bioterrorism preparedness bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US House and Senate this week approved legislation providing for a wide range of bioterrorism preparedness measures, from funds for hospital preparedness to tracking of dangerous pathogens and increased inspections of imported food.

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).

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