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Feb 26, 2003

Feb 26, 2003

BioWatch program aims for nationwide detection of airborne pathogens

Editor's Note: The text as originally published on Feb 26 was revised slightly on March 10, 2003.

Feb 25, 2003

Feb 25, 2003

HHS awards contracts to develop safer smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – As part of an effort to provide a safer smallpox vaccine, federal health officials today awarded contracts to two companies to develop and test a vaccine using a strain of vaccinia virus that can't reproduce in human cells.

Feb 24, 2003

Feb 24, 2003

National ad campaign urges Americans to prepare for terrorist threats

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using an advertising campaign to urge Americans to store emergency supplies and take other steps to prepare for potential terrorist attacks, including biological and chemical attacks.

Feb 20, 2003

Feb 20, 2003

CDC finds no CWD-CJD link in Wisconsin deaths

(CIDRAP News) – An investigation of the deaths of three men who had shared wild game feasts at a Wisconsin cabin revealed no evidence that the men's degenerative brain diseases were related to chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feb 20, 2003

No serious reactions in first 4,200 civilians to get smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) Ð No serious adversereactions have been reported among the first 4,213 civilian healthcare workersvaccinated against smallpox, according to the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC).

Feb 19, 2003

Feb 19, 2003

Hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Congo confirmed as Ebola

(CIDRAP News) – As the death toll from hemorrhagic fever in the Congo continued to climb, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday that the disease is Ebola virus infection.

The disease had claimed the lives of 59 people out of 73 infected as of yesterday, WHO officials said in a statement. An Associated Press report put the toll higher: 67 deaths among 80 cases.

Feb 19, 2003

Feb 19, 2003

CDC to take second look at safety needle for smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – Although federal health officials have not endorsed the use of an available safety needle in the current smallpox vaccination program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to take a careful look at the needle to determine if it should be used in the future, a CDC official says.

Feb 17, 2003

Feb 17, 2003

Suspected Ebola outbreak in Congo has caused 50 deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 people in the Congo have died of a suspected acute hemorrhagic fever syndrome. A Reuters report said the disease is suspected to be Ebola virus infection.

Feb 14, 2003

Feb 14, 2003

Listeria -control steps could pay big health benefits, USDA says

Feb 14, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – A new study of the risk of Listeria contamination of deli meats indicates that safety measures such as post-packaging pasteurization would yield "dramatic" public health benefits, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Feb 13, 2003

Feb 13, 2003

Myocarditis case among few reactions in DoD smallpox shot program

(CIDRAP News) – Two men have had encephalitis and one contracted myocarditis after getting smallpox shots in the US military vaccination program, but all three have recovered, a Department of Defense (DoD) vaccine expert said today.

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