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Mar 15, 2005

Mar 15, 2005

WHO reports 130 suspected plague cases in Congo

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today it has found 130 suspected cases of plague, 57 of them fatal, in its ongoing investigation of an outbreak in the northeastern Congo.

In its previous update on Mar 9, the agency had reported 114 cases, including 54 deaths.

Mar 15, 2005

Signs of anthrax reported in Washington mail facilities

(CIDRAP News) – Signs of anthrax detected by sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington, DC, area yesterday prompted authorities to shut down several buildings and recommend antibiotics for hundreds of workers.

Mar 14, 2005

Mar 14, 2005

Second Vietnamese nurse free of avian flu, report says

(CIDRAP News) – A second Vietnamese nurse who had cared for an avian influenza patient was reported to have a suspected case of the illness 2 days ago, but a Vietnamese newspaper said today that the nurse is free of the virus.

The nurse, a 41-year-old woman from Thai Binh province, was hospitalized in Hanoi Mar 10 with a high fever, cough, and a lung infection, according to a Mar 12 Associated Press (AP) report.

Mar 11, 2005

Mar 11, 2005

IOM says poor communication hurt CDC smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Poor policy communication and a lack of clearly defined goals seriously hindered the smallpox preparedness program that the federal government launched in 2003, according to a report released by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week.

Mar 11, 2005

Mar 11, 2005

Vietnam avian flu cases spark concern as WHO gives numbers

(CIDRAP News) – The recent series of cases of avian influenza in a single province in Vietnam has increased concern about whether the nature of the illness is changing.

Mar 10, 2005

Mar 10, 2005

Though SARS is quiet for now, its lessons remain

(CIDRAP News) – The strain of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that erupted from obscurity to kill 774 people worldwide has gone quiet, at least for now. Yet its lessons will keep benefiting people even if it never reappears.

Mar 09, 2005

Mar 09, 2005

Relatives of avian flu patients have asymptomatic cases

(CIDRAP News) – Two relatives of avian influenza patients in northern Vietnam have tested positive for the virus without being sick, according to reports from Vietnam today.

The 61-year-old widow of a man who died of avian flu in late February and the 80-year-old grandfather of two patients currently under treatment in a hospital have tested positive, the Associated Press (AP) and other news services reported. Both are apparently healthy.

Mar 07, 2005

Mar 07, 2005

Vietnamese nurse has avian flu; retesting reveals missed cases

(CIDRAP News) – A 26-year-old Vietnamese nurse who helped care for a younger man with H5N1 avian influenza has contracted the illness, but it is unclear whether he acquired it from the patient or from poultry, according to news reports from Vietnam today.

Mar 04, 2005

Mar 04, 2005

57 plague cases found in Congo, WHO reports

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) team on a medical mission to contain a plague outbreak in the Congo has found more suspected cases, but the scope of the outbreak remains smaller than initially feared.

Mar 04, 2005

BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada.

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