News & Perspective

May 08, 2002

May 08, 2002

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.

May 03, 2002

May 03, 2002

Drug-resistant Salmonella infections linked with higher mortality

In a Danish study, patients who had infections with a common drug-resistant type of Salmonella enterica were more than twice as likely to die within 2 years as patients infected with drug-susceptible variants of the same strain.

May 02, 2002

May 02, 2002

Single gene change enabled plague bacterium to ride in fleas

A single gene change enabled a recent ancestor of Yersinia pestis to use fleas as its transmission vehicle, launching the transformation of a relatively benign microbe into the agent that causes plague.

May 01, 2002

May 01, 2002

Factors governing infectiousness of anthrax still mysterious, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – A lengthy report by an expert panel on anthrax generally echoes treatment and prevention recommendations made by federal health officials last fall while highlighting how little is known about the epidemiology of the disease, especially how many spores it takes to cause infection.

Apr 30, 2002

Apr 30, 2002

Researchers: Restrict farm use of antibiotics before, but not after, human bugs become resistant

Study using a new mathematical model suggests that continued farm use of antibiotics has little further effect once a resistant strain is established in humans.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

Mass smallpox vaccination in US could cause 285 deaths

Study from the University of Michigan in the current issue of Effective Clinical Practice gives estimates of what would happen if the general population got the vaccine.
Apr 26, 2002

Additional anthrax spores found at USAMRIID didn't escape lab

Nonpathogenic anthrax spores that were found in environmental sampling at USAMRIID last weekend were in a contained laboratory, not a noncontained area as indicated previously, an Army spokesman said.

Apr 26, 2002

Apr 26, 2002

USDA says Salmonella in meat and poultry is declining; further control steps planned

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped substantially since the inspection system known as Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) debuted in 1998, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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