News & Perspective

Sep 25, 2002

Sep 25, 2002

Smallpox exposure overrules all contraindications to vaccination, CDC plan says

(CIDRAP News) – Anyone who may have been exposed to smallpox should be vaccinated against the disease, regardless of contraindications such as eczema or HIV infection, according to the mass-vaccination guide released this week by federal health officials.

Sep 23, 2002

Sep 23, 2002

CDC issues how-to plan for mass vaccinations in event of smallpox outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released detailed guidelines to help state and local health departments organize efforts to vaccinate the entire population against smallpox within 10 days in case the disease re-emerges.

Sep 20, 2002

Sep 20, 2002

Acambis says its smallpox vaccine worked well in second trial

(CIDRAP News) – The smallpox vaccine being produced by Acambis plc for the US government worked well in its second trial, generating a characteristic vaccinia lesion in all recipients and causing no serious adverse events, the company said this week.

Sep 20, 2002

Listeriosis outbreak in Pennsylvania under investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are trying to identify the source of a listeriosis outbreak that has involved at least 26 cases, with four deaths, in Pennsylvania and neighboring states in recent weeks.

Sep 19, 2002

Sep 19, 2002

CDC sees no evidence of bioterrorism in spread of West Nile virus

(CIDRAP News) – In response to a US senator's speculation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence that bioterrorism has played a role in the spread of West Nile virus to and within the United States.

Sep 18, 2002

Sep 18, 2002

Public health group gives nation mixed grades for preparedness efforts

(CIDRAP News) – The United States deserves good marks for its efforts to improve core aspects of public health preparedness in the past year, but the nation performed generally poorly in international aid and cooperation to reduce threats to public health, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Sep 17, 2002

Sep 17, 2002

Atopic dermatitis could rule out smallpox shots for large share of population

(CIDRAP News) – The current high prevalence of eczema, or atopic dermatitis (AD), suggests that a large share of the population could be at risk for the serious side effect of eczema vaccinatum (EV) if they underwent smallpox vaccination, according to specialists writing in the September Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Sep 16, 2002

Sep 16, 2002

FDA issues draft guidance on controlling pathogens in juices

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on a new draft report on how to control microbial pathogens in juices.

Sep 13, 2002

Sep 13, 2002

FDA planning new adverse-event reporting system for food, supplements

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is taking several steps to improve the monitoring and analysis of adverse events related to food products, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) announced it is working on a single adverse event reporting system that will replace separate systems for the three categories of products.

Sep 12, 2002

Sep 12, 2002

Study suggests how anthrax sabotages innate immune system

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers report they have discovered the probable strategy that anthrax uses to kill macrophages, a step that may allow the pathogen to escape detection by the innate immune system.

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