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Jun 08, 2004

Jun 08, 2004

No BSE found in first week of expanded testing

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says 1,127 cattle were tested in the first week of its expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and were found free of the disease.

Jun 07, 2004

Jun 07, 2004

HHS to shift some biodefense funds from states to cities

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed shifting about $55 million in biodefense funds from ongoing state preparedness programs to several new programs, focusing largely on efforts in 21 major cities.

Jun 07, 2004

CDC says new test speeds diagnosis of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new and faster blood test to help confirm a diagnosis of anthrax infection, federal health officials announced today.

Jun 04, 2004

Jun 04, 2004

CDC links 29 Salmonella cases with almonds

(CIDRAP) – An investigation of Salmonella illness cases associated with raw almonds has identified 29 cases in 12 states and one Canadian province, dating back as far as September 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jun 04, 2004

Salmonella cases prompt sprouts recall

(CIDRAP News) – A firm in Kent, Wash., is recalling raw alfalfa sprouts because they may be linked with a recent increase in Salmonella infections in Washington and Oregon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

GAO urges more scrutiny of antibiotic use in animals

(CIDRAP News) – The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

More chickens culled in Texas outbreak of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Another flock of about 24,000 chickens was sacrificed this week near the site of an outbreak of avian influenza in Texas after screening tests indicated possible infection, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

Jun 02, 2004

Jun 02, 2004

China cancels SARS emergency measures

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health authorities have called off emergency measures for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), saying the latest outbreak is under control, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency.

Jun 01, 2004

Jun 01, 2004

New Mexico, Arizona have year's first West Nile cases

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection were reported last week in New Mexico and Arizona, marking the first time the West Nile season has begun so far west.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced last week that a man in San Juan County had tested positive for the virus and had recovered after having only mild symptoms.

Jun 01, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan grows to 25 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan has increased to 25 cases with six deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

The WHO had reported 19 cases and four deaths May 24 when it first confirmed the outbreak in Yambio County of Sudan's Western Equatoria province. The agency said it is continuing to help with surveillance, case management, and follow-up with contacts of patients.

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