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May 20, 2002

May 20, 2002

Handling frogs could be a Salmonella infection risk factor

(CIDRAP News) – Some people find frogs disgusting, but now a study of an illness outbreak in Mississippi suggests that frogs may be literally nauseating. The case-control study implicates contact with amphibians as a potential risk factor for infection with Salmonella enterica serotype Javiana.

May 16, 2002

May 16, 2002

Survey finds major gaps in physicians' and public's knowledge of smallpox

A CDC survey suggests that many physicians as well as the public are largely unaware of the risks associated with smallpox vaccination.

May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002

Quinolone resistance growing in common foodborne strain of Salmonella

The most common cause of foodborne Salmonella infections grew increasingly resistant to the quinolone nalidixic acid between 1995 and 2000, according to a study from Denmark.

May 14, 2002

May 14, 2002

CDC to hear from the public on smallpox vaccination issues

Federal health authorities provide opportunities in the next month for input as they revise the current policy regarding vaccination of the general population.

May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002

Expert panel urges halt to nontherapeutic use of antibiotics on farms

(CIDRAP News) – A committee of experts convened by the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) says that antibiotics should not be used in agriculture except to treat sick animals and protect healthy animals threatened by disease in the herd or flock.

May 10, 2002

HHS offers advice on guarding building air systems from terrorist attack

Raising air intake vents at least 12 feet above the ground is one important step for protecting building ventilation systems from terrorist attacks, according to federal guidelines issued today.

May 08, 2002

May 08, 2002
May 08, 2002

GAO reports increased foodborne disease in schools, urges more safety steps

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne disease outbreaks in public schools increased about 10% per year and made 16,000 students sick in the 1990s, according to the US General Accounting Office (GAO). The agency recommends the creation of a single federal food safety agency with increased authority as one of several steps to improve food safety in the schools.

May 07, 2002

May 07, 2002

Jerome Hauer to succeed D. A. Henderson in public health preparedness post

Donald A. Henderson, MD, is leaving his position as director of the federal Office of Public Health Preparedness, to be succeeded by Jerome M. Hauer, former emergency management director for New York City.

May 06, 2002

May 06, 2002

Camelpox and smallpox viruses called very close relatives

The close kinship between camelpox and smallpox viruses suggests that camelpox could become a threat to humans through natural processes or genetic engineering, according to researchers who sequenced the virus.

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