News & Perspective

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.

May 07, 2004

May 07, 2004

CJD cases unrelated to Jersey racetrack, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Federal and state disease investigators have rejected a theory that a cluster of 17 suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) cases were linked to restaurants at Garden State Racetrack in Cherry Hill, N.J.

May 07, 2004

May 07, 2004

NIH funds computer modeling of disease outbreaks, responses

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) this week announced four grants totaling more than $28 million to develop techniques for electronically simulating natural or terrorist-caused infectious disease outbreaks and responses to them.

May 06, 2004

May 06, 2004

Ill Chinese lab workers didn't handle SARS virus

(CIDRAP News) – Neither of two researchers who apparently contracted SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in a virology laboratory in Beijing worked directly with the SARS virus, which complicates the problem of determining how they acquired it, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

May 06, 2004

May 06, 2004

CDC neutral on thimerosal in flu vaccine for toddlers

(CIDRAP News) – Almost 5 years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the US Public Health Service joined in calling for removal of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines. By 2001, all the vaccines recommended for children under age 7 were available without thimerosal or with only trace amounts.

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