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Jan 31, 2003

Jan 31, 2003

Smallpox look-alike case yields lessons in rapid diagnosis

(CIDRAP News) – A case described in this week's New England Journal of Medicine illustrates some practical obstacles to quick diagnosis of illnesses that look like smallpox, including potential problems in sending clinical samples to outside laboratories for analysis.

Jan 31, 2003

ACIP advises three needle jabs, not 15, for first-time smallpox shot

(CIDRAP News) – People who will be receiving their first smallpox shot in coming weeks are getting a small break from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization practices (ACIP): Instead of 15 pricks of the needle, the ACIP is now recommending only three.

Jan 30, 2003

Jan 30, 2003

FDA proposes rules for advance notice of food imports

(CIDRAP News) – Starting next December, importers will have to start notifying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at least a day in advance of every food shipment coming into the United States.

Jan 29, 2003

Jan 29, 2003

Bush initiative would promote new defenses against bioterror diseases

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan 30, 2003, with additional information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush yesterday proposed an initiative, called Project Bioshield, to speed the development and production of vaccines and treatments for smallpox, anthrax, botulism, and other diseases that could be spread by terrorists.

Jan 28, 2003

Jan 28, 2003

CDC offers clinicians guidance on smallpox vaccination reactions

(CIDRAP News) – In the years when smallpox vaccine was being used to eradicate the disease, about 50 people out of every million vaccinated suffered life-threatening complications, and another 935 had serious complications. About two thirds of those complications might have been prevented with better screening, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 28, 2003

Jan 28, 2003

CDC ships more smallpox vaccine as calls for safeguards continue

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it had shipped 29,800 doses of smallpox vaccine to seven states and one county and had received requests for vaccine from another 23 states as of yesterday.

Jan 27, 2003

Jan 27, 2003

Smallpox vaccine trial in children nixed because of supply outlook

(CIDRAP News) – Top federal health officials have turned down a proposal to test the Dryvax smallpox vaccine in small children, but not because of public objections. The trial is no longer needed because the current campaign to vaccinate military personnel and healthcare workers means Dryax won't be available for use in children, officials said.

Jan 24, 2003

Jan 24, 2003

Connecticut begins smallpox shot effort with three healthcare workers

(CIDRAP news) – Connecticut health officials announced today that the state has begun carrying out a plan to give smallpox shots to up to 6,000 healthcare and public health workers, but the Associated Press reported that only three people actually received shots today.

Jan 24, 2003

Jan 24, 2003

Thompson authorizes liability protection for those giving smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – As health officials in several states prepared to begin giving smallpox shots to healthcare workers, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson today signed a declaration that triggers liability protection for those who administer the shots.

Jan 23, 2003

Jan 23, 2003

Three states and Los Angeles County first to get smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) Ð Connecticut, Nebraska,Vermont, and Los Angeles County this week became the first jurisdictions in thenation to receive smallpox vaccine under the program to prepare for a possibleterrorist release of the virus, federal health officials announced yesterday.

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