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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.

May 28, 2004

May 28, 2004

NIAID seeks vaccines for H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said yesterday it has awarded contracts to two companies to develop vaccines based on the H5N1 avian influenza virus in an effort to limit the risk of a human influenza pandemic.

May 28, 2004

Avian flu reported on Texas farm

(CIDRAP News) – A flock of 24,000 chickens at a farm in northeastern Texas was destroyed yesterday because of evidence of a new outbreak of avian influenza, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

FDA sets procedures for detaining contaminated food

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination.

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

Avian flu crops up again in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza outbreak was reported at a research farm in northern Thailand yesterday, less than 2 weeks after government officials expressed confidence that the country was free of the disease.

May 27, 2004

HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.

May 26, 2004

May 26, 2004

Study predicts increase in British vCJD cases

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of thousands of samples of appendix tissue in the United Kingdom (UK) suggests that the number of future cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) disease there could turn out to be higher than expected.

May 25, 2004

May 25, 2004

Russian scientist dies of Ebola after lab accident

(CIDRAP News) – A Russian scientist who was doing research on Ebola virus died after accidentally injecting herself with the deadly virus, according to news service reports.

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