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Jun 20, 2005

Jun 20, 2005

China's alleged use of human flu drug in poultry questioned

(CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug.

Jun 17, 2005

Jun 17, 2005

Ebola outbreak ebbs, Marburg lingers

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to contain an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appear to be succeeding in the Republic of the Congo, but the longer-running Marburg fever outbreak in Angola is still claiming victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Jun 17, 2005

Jun 17, 2005

WHO logs four more avian flu cases in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially logged another four cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, following a report to the agency today from the Vietnamese government.

The cases occurred between Jun 1 and 17. Two of the patients are from Hanoi, one is from Hai Duong, and the fourth is from Nghe An, the WHO reported. The agency said seven patients are being treated for avian flu at a hospital in Hanoi.

Jun 17, 2005

IDSA says US antiviral supply for flu falls far short

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling the US government's stockpile of antiviral drugs "totally inadequate" in the face of a potential influenza pandemic.

Jun 16, 2005

Jun 16, 2005

Chiron shrinks estimate of flu vaccine production

(CIDRAP News) – Chiron Corp. has announced it won't be able to provide as many influenza vaccine doses as previously estimated for the coming flu season, fraying a thread in the nation's fragile vaccine supply web.

Chiron expects to supply 18 million to 26 million doses of flu vaccine in the United States this year, instead of the 25 million to 30 million doses projected in April, the company said in a news release yesterday.

Jun 15, 2005

Jun 15, 2005

Indonesia confirms human case of H5N1; 6 more people ill in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has infected a person in Indonesia, authorities confirmed today, marking the spread of the disease among people to a fourth nation.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Guinea Bissau struggles with anthrax outbreak in humans, cattle

(CIDRAP News) – An anthrax outbreak in the small African country of Guinea Bissau has killed 4 people and sickened more than 80.

Thirteen patients have been hospitalized, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) news release issued this month.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Human trial of H5N1 vaccine prompts concern, Australia touts poultry test

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.

Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.

Jun 13, 2005

Jun 13, 2005

Positive test prompts more scrutiny of possible BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – After one inconclusive and one negative test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a tissue sample from a downer cow has shown a positive result with a third test, authorities announced in a late-evening news conference Jun 10.

Jun 13, 2005

Company recalls pet treats linked to human infections

(CIDRAP News) – A company is recalling its dog and cat treats because they contain bacteria linked to the illnesses of five people.

T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash., is recalling six different dog and cat treats in the wake of cases of Salmonella serotype Thompson infections identified in Canada and the United States, according to a press release on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site.

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