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Jun 17, 2004

Jun 17, 2004

Public health preparedness grants to total $849 million

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today it will award a total of $849 million to states, territories, and four major cities in this year's package of public health preparedness grants.

Jun 17, 2004

Arizona has most West Nile cases so far

(CIDRAP News) – Arizona has had 10 of the 14 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection reported in the nation so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jun 16, 2004

Jun 16, 2004

Pilot study to probe cardiac effects of smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to shed some light on a potential side effect of smallpox vaccination, researchers are launching a federally funded pilot study of the effects of smallpox vaccines on cardiac cells in mice.

Jun 15, 2004

Jun 15, 2004

FDA seeks input on produce safety action plan

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is producing a comprehensive new action plan for reducing pathogenic contamination in fresh produce and wants public input on it.

Jun 14, 2004

Jun 14, 2004

FDA approves generic forms of ciprofloxacin

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved the first generic versions of ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the antibiotic that drew national attention when it was used after the mail-borne anthrax attacks in 2001.

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

WHO reports 30 Ebola cases in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan had increased to 30 cases with seven deaths as of yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

The outbreak has grown slowly since it was reported in Yambio County of Western Equatoria province in May, according to WHO reports. The agency originally reported 19 cases with four deaths on May 24. By Jun 7 officials said there were 28 cases with seven deaths.

Jun 11, 2004

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism.

Jun 10, 2004

Jun 10, 2004

USPS hopes to install 100 anthrax detectors this year

(CIDRAP News) – The US Postal Service (USPS) has begun installing anthrax-detection systems in major mail-processing centers and hopes to have the equipment in 100 facilities by the end of this year.

After testing the Biohazard Detection System (BDS) for nearly 2 years in Baltimore, the USPS began installing the system in major processing and distribution centers in March, said Bob Anderson, a USPS spokesman in Washington, DC.

Jun 08, 2004

Jun 08, 2004

No BSE found in first week of expanded testing

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says 1,127 cattle were tested in the first week of its expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and were found free of the disease.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.

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