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May 21, 2004

May 21, 2004

USDA says Canadian beef imported despite ban was safe

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged today that it allowed the importation of about 7.3 million pounds of Canadian beef that was officially banned under rules intended to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States.

May 20, 2004

May 20, 2004

Senate passes 'Bioshield' bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed "Project BioShield," a 10-year, $5.6 billion program to promote rapid development and use of drugs and vaccines to counter biological and chemical weapons.

May 20, 2004

NIAID funds network to study eczema vaccinatum

(CIDRAP News) – An arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $40 million worth of contracts for research to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a rare but severe complication of smallpox vaccination.

May 19, 2004

May 19, 2004

Study yields mixed findings about microbes on organic produce

(CIDRAP News) – A recent comparative study of organic and conventionally grown produce on farms in Minnesota showed that the organic produce was virtually free of pathogenic bacteria but was more likely to have fecal contamination from manure used as fertilizer.

May 19, 2004

May 19, 2004

IOM finds no link between thimerosal and autism

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) says it can find no evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines or the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism and recommended that the search for the cause of the disorder focus on other possibilities.

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.

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