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Mar 13, 2002

Mar 13, 2002

Fruits of computer hunt for anthrax antitoxin turned over to Defense Department

(CIDRAP News) – Data on more than 300,000 proteins that may have potential as treatments for anthrax—the fruits of a project in which thousands of personal computers were used to analyze billions of molecules—have been turned over to the US and United Kingdom governments.

Mar 13, 2002

Mar 13, 2002

Cutaneous anthrax in Texas lab worker linked with 2001 attacks

A Texas laboratory worker who was analyzing environmental samples collected during last fall's anthrax outbreak has been treated for cutaneous anthrax, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mar 11, 2002

Mar 11, 2002

Without prophylactic antibiotics, anthrax cases among three groups might have doubled

Science article says more than twice as many cases of inhalational anthrax could have occurred last fall if workers had not been given prophylactic antibiotics.

Mar 08, 2002

Mar 08, 2002

US tularemia rate remains low, with four states accounting for most cases

(CIDRAP News) – Tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by bioterrorists, remains uncommon in the United States, with 1,368 cases reported between 1990 and 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 07, 2002

Mar 07, 2002

IOM says anthrax vaccine is safe and effective but needs improvement

(CIDRAP News) – A committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded after 17 months of study that the existing anthrax vaccine is effective and "acceptably safe," but a new vaccine that requires fewer doses and that causes fewer reactions is needed.

Mar 05, 2002

Mar 05, 2002

Bill would ban use of many antibiotics in healthy food animals

Note: This story was updated Mar 6, 2002, with the addition of information about comments from a group that opposes the proposed legislation.

(CIDRAP News) — To slow the growth of bacterial resistance to drugs, Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced a bill to ban the use of eight types of antibiotics in healthy food animals and halt all use of fluoroquinolones in poultry.

Mar 04, 2002

Mar 04, 2002

Salad blamed for unusual meningitis outbreak in travelers to Jamaica

An NEJM article reports that an outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis in a group of Americans who dined at a Jamaican restaurant marked the first known outbreak of infection with the rat lungworm in the Western Hemisphere.

Feb 28, 2002

Feb 28, 2002

GAO says US barriers to mad cow disease are full of holes

Note: This story was updated March 1, 2002, to include additional information about recent federal actions to prevent mad cow disease.

Feb 26, 2002

Feb 26, 2002

Food safety can never be perfect, but specific goals would help, says report

(CIDRAP News) – There is no complete fix for the problem of foodborne illness, but a comprehensive, farm-to-table approach with specific targets for limiting pathogenic contamination would improve food safety, according to a new report by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Feb 25, 2002

Feb 25, 2002

CDC director to leave post March 31

(CIDRAP News) – Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1998, has announced he will leave the position March 31.

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