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May 18, 2004

May 18, 2004

WHO says SARS outbreak is contained, but cause still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization says China's latest SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak appears to be contained after nine cases, but its precise origin is still a mystery.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

USDA picks more BSE labs, sets talks with Japan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved five more laboratories to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), bringing the number of labs involved in the expanding BSE surveillance program to 12.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

Reorganization aims to boost CDC's preparedness impact

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced a reorganization plan designed to hone the agency's ability to respond to public health threats, including terrorism, as well as chronic health problems.

May 14, 2004

Upbeat news on avian flu in Canada, Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities say further tests have shown that geese on a farm in southern British Columbia were not infected with a dangerous avian influenza virus, but test results on ducks from the same farm are still awaited.

May 13, 2004

May 13, 2004

Canada reports progress in avian flu battle

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.

May 12, 2004

May 12, 2004

Most SARS patients in China out of hospital

(CIDRAP News) – Five SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) patients have been released from Chinese hospitals this week, leaving only two still hospitalized with the disease, according to reports from China.

May 12, 2004

Indonesian dengue epidemic subsides after 58,000 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The dengue fever epidemic in Indonesia has subsided after 58,301 cases were reported in 4 months, which rivaled the pandemic year of 1998, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

There were 658 deaths among cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever reported from January through April, the WHO said yesterday. The case-fatality rate of 1.1% was lower than in previous years, officials said.

May 12, 2004

CDC advises how to respond to anthrax in workplace

(CIDRAP News) – Businesses that install systems to detect airborne anthrax should have detailed plans to follow in case the pathogen turns up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently.

May 11, 2004

May 11, 2004

Rule aimed at norovirus would send sick food workers home

(CIDRAP News) – Food workers with a potentially infectious intestinal illness would be sent home under a recommendation adopted recently by a group that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on safety guidelines for the retail food industry.

May 10, 2004

May 10, 2004

Study suggests food, sweat, waste could spread SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese researchers have found the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in the intestinal tract, sweat glands, and kidneys of SARS victims, suggesting that food, sweat, and body wastes could spread the virus.

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