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Apr 16, 2003

Apr 16, 2003

Genetic blueprint of Q fever pathogen decoded

(CIDRAP News) – The genetic blueprint of Coxiella burnetii, a category B bioterrorism agent that causes Q fever, has been decoded and analyzed, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced this week.

Apr 16, 2003

New coronavirus confirmed as SARS pathogen

(CIDRAP News) – A previously unrecognized coronavirus that has been regarded for 3 weeks as the likely cause of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been confirmed as the pathogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Apr 15, 2003

Apr 15, 2003

SARS virus genetic map will lead to better tests, speed vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Genetic sequencing of the virus believed to cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)—an achievement announced by Canadian and US scientists in the past few days—has set the stage for improving diagnostic tests and developing treatments and vaccines for the disease, according to health officials.

Apr 14, 2003

Apr 14, 2003

Congress passes smallpox vaccine compensation plan

(CIDRAP News) – Congress, acting to remove a major barrier to the government's smallpox vaccination program, has passed a more generous compensation plan for those harmed by the vaccine than the one originally proposed by the Bush administration.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

SARS could be biggest disease threat since AIDS, says WHO expert

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) communicable disease programs says severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may pose a more serious global health threat than any other new disease in the past 20-plus years, with the sole exception of AIDS.

Apr 11, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease turns up in West Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been found in a backyard chicken flock near El Paso, Tex., prompting a ban on poultry movement in five Texas and New Mexico counties, Texas officials announced yesterday.

Apr 10, 2003

Apr 10, 2003

CDC to provide guidelines for SARS in schools, workplaces

(CIDRAP News) – In response to public concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide some guidelines for dealing with suspected cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in schools and workplaces, CDC Director Julie Gerberding said today.

Apr 10, 2003

CDC reports four more cardiac episodes in smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported three more possible cases of heart inflammation and another heart attack in recent civilian smallpox shot recipients.

Apr 09, 2003

Apr 09, 2003

WHO official says SARS has peaked outside China

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official today said the peak of the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has passed in places other than China and Hong Kong, despite the continuing increase in cases.

Apr 08, 2003

Apr 08, 2003

Number of plasmid copies affects virulence of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – A study focusing on the two plasmids, or extrachromosomal DNA rings, usually found in Bacillus anthracis cells helps explain why different varieties of anthrax differ significantly in virulence.

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