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Jan 20, 2004

Jan 20, 2004

China confirms two SARS cases, but WHO unsure

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese authorities said laboratory tests have confirmed two previously suspected cases of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Guangdong Province, but the World Health Organization (WHO) said more test results are needed for full confirmation.

Jan 20, 2004

Jan 20, 2004

WHO seeks vaccine to prevent avian flu in humans

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today it is launching an effort to quickly develop a vaccine against influenza A(H5N1), the avian flu virus that has caused at least five human deaths in Vietnam.

Jan 16, 2004

Jan 16, 2004

WHO sees more evidence of civet role in SARS

(CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) investigators have found evidence that may link one of the suspected SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases in southern China to civets, according to news reports from the region.

Jan 16, 2004

Jan 16, 2004

Human cases of avian flu worry WHO

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed a fourth fatal human case of avian influenza in Vietnam and voiced concern that conditions there have a potential for triggering an influenza pandemic.

Jan 15, 2004

Jan 15, 2004

Flu activity declined last week

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza continued to decline last week as only 20 states reported widespread cases, down from 38 states the previous week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jan 15, 2004

Study questions efficacy of flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A retrospective study indicates that this year's injected influenza vaccine did little to prevent influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) among workers at a Denver hospital, but the study had many limitations and the vaccine is still recommended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 14, 2004

Jan 14, 2004

FAO says many countries should boost BSE safeguards

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said this week that the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States signals that many countries need to strengthen their BSE-control programs.

Jan 13, 2004

Jan 13, 2004

Avian flu strikes new site in South Korea

Jan 13, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – Highly pathogenic avian influenza has popped up at another farm in South Korea, this one widely separated from the site where the last cases were found 9 days ago, according to Korean newspaper reports.

Jan 13, 2004

US bars civets to guard against SARS

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today announced a ban on the importation of civets into the United States because of the suspicion that the animals can spread the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus to people.

Jan 13, 2004

Avian flu virus infected humans in Vietnam, WHO says

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan 14 with additional information from a statement by the WHO's Western Pacific office.

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that an avian influenza virus has infected humans in Vietnam, raising concern that avian and human viruses could share genes and give rise to a dangerous new influenza virus.

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