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Feb 07, 2003

Feb 07, 2003

Citing reports on Al Qaida, feds raise threat level to 'high'

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today raised the nation's security threat level from "elevated" to "high" because of intelligence reports indicating an increased risk of Al Qaida attacks on Americans at home or abroad. "High" is the second-highest of the five threat levels, after "severe."

Feb 07, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease spreads out of California

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has continued to spread through southern California poultry flocks and has spilled over into Nevada and Arizona in recent weeks, prompting emergency declarations in both states.

Feb 06, 2003

Feb 06, 2003

No adverse reactions in first 687 smallpox shots, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – With about 700 people vaccinated so far in the government's campaign to immunize frontline healthcare workers against smallpox, no adverse events have been reported, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 05, 2003

Feb 05, 2003

Many doses of smallpox vaccine shipped, but few shots given so far

(CIDRAP News) – Close to 200,000 doses of smallpox vaccine have been shipped to 35 states and two major cities since the vaccination program began Jan 24, but only about 700 healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feb 03, 2003

Feb 03, 2003

WHO warns of terrorist attacks using food, offers defense tips

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warns in a new report that nations should take steps to defend themselves against food contamination by terrorists and the devastating human and economic damage that could result.

Jan 31, 2003

Jan 31, 2003

DoD reports two 'noteworthy' complications in smallpox shot program so far

(CIDRAP News) – Only two cases of "noteworthy" complications from smallpox vaccination have occurred among tens of thousands of troops who have received shots since the military vaccination program began in mid-December, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) report released today.

Jan 31, 2003

Jan 31, 2003

Smallpox look-alike case yields lessons in rapid diagnosis

(CIDRAP News) – A case described in this week's New England Journal of Medicine illustrates some practical obstacles to quick diagnosis of illnesses that look like smallpox, including potential problems in sending clinical samples to outside laboratories for analysis.

Jan 31, 2003

ACIP advises three needle jabs, not 15, for first-time smallpox shot

(CIDRAP News) – People who will be receiving their first smallpox shot in coming weeks are getting a small break from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization practices (ACIP): Instead of 15 pricks of the needle, the ACIP is now recommending only three.

Jan 30, 2003

Jan 30, 2003

FDA proposes rules for advance notice of food imports

(CIDRAP News) – Starting next December, importers will have to start notifying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at least a day in advance of every food shipment coming into the United States.

Jan 29, 2003

Jan 29, 2003

Bush initiative would promote new defenses against bioterror diseases

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan 30, 2003, with additional information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush yesterday proposed an initiative, called Project Bioshield, to speed the development and production of vaccines and treatments for smallpox, anthrax, botulism, and other diseases that could be spread by terrorists.

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