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Mar 24, 2003

Mar 24, 2003

New coronavirus may be SARS cause, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Tests by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that a previously unrecognized coronavirus—a virus family associated mainly with the common cold—may be the cause of sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), CDC officials announced today.

Mar 21, 2003

Mar 21, 2003

Federal regulators may need more authority to assess food security, GAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal food regulators should consider asking Congress for authority to gather information about security measures at food processing plants so they can better assess industry efforts to protect food from deliberate contamination, according to a new report by Congress's General Accounting Office (GAO).

Mar 21, 2003

Mar 21, 2003

Possible SARS cases in US reach 22 as world count nears 360

(CIDRAP News) – Suspected US cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) climbed to 22 today as the global total neared 360, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

The US total now includes three patients who didn't travel to Southeast Asia, the epicenter of the outbreak, but apparently caught the illness from close contacts who had traveled there, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said at an afternoon news briefing.

Mar 20, 2003

Mar 20, 2003

HHS to distribute $1.4 billion in biodefense funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – US states and territories will receive a total of nearly $1.4 billion for bioterrorism preparedness this year, and 20% of that will be available almost immediately to support smallpox vaccination or other needs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Mar 20, 2003

Senate panel approves 'BioShield,' nixes smallpox compensation plan

(CIDRAP News) – A Senate committee yesterday unanimously approved the Bush administration's "BioShield" plan to promote vaccines and treatments for biodefense but blocked the administration's proposal for compensating healthcare workers harmed by the smallpox vaccine.

Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

U.S. raises terrorism alert, steps up food and health security

(CIDRAP News) – Citing the likelihood of war with Iraq within days, federal officials have raised the terrorism alert level to "high" and launched "Operation Liberty Shield," a set of protective measures that includes increased food security and public health vigilance.

Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

Paramyxovirus implicated in SARS as cases reach 264

(CIDRAP News) – As cases in the global outbreak of "severe acute respiratory syndrome" (SARS) climbed to 264 today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is evidence that the illness may be caused by a previously unknown member of the Paramyxovirus family, which causes measles, mumps, and canine distemper.

Mar 18, 2003

Mar 18, 2003

US should lead in battling global microbial threats, says IOM

(CIDRAP News) Ð With perfect timing inview of the current global outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease, theInstitute of Medicine today released a report calling on the United States totake the lead in addressing infectious disease threats around the world as wellas at home.

Mar 17, 2003

Mar 17, 2003

To rid skin of anthrax, soap and water beats alcohol

(CIDRAP News) – People whose hands may be contaminated by anthrax should wash them with either antimicrobial or conventional soap and water, but should not try to cleanse them with an alcohol-based hand rub, a new study suggests.

Mar 14, 2003

Mar 14, 2003

Avian influenza confirmed in Connecticut; Dutch outbreak spreads

(CIDRAP News) – State and federal officials this week confirmed the presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a large poultry farm in eastern Connecticut. Meanwhile, the highly pathogenic form of the disease has led to the killing of 1.4 million birds in the Netherlands in the past 2 weeks.

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