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Sep 18, 2003

Sep 18, 2003

West Nile test makes blood supply safer this year, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – A new blood test for West Nile virus (WNV) is not foolproof but has made the blood supply safer now than it was a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today.

Sep 17, 2003

Sep 17, 2003

NIAID launches program to apply immunology to biodefense

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) today announced a new $85 million program to study the human immune response to diseases of bioterrorism and develop vaccines, drugs, and other countermeasures.

Sep 17, 2003

Sep 17, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease battle ends

(CIDRAP News) – The last areas of California under quarantine for exotic Newcastle disease (END) were released yesterday, signaling the end of an 11-month, $160 million battle to control the highly infectious disease of poultry and other birds.

Sep 16, 2003

Sep 16, 2003

Voluntary smallpox vaccination could yield low herd immunity

(CIDRAP News) – A voluntary smallpox vaccination policy for the public is likely to produce an inadequate level of protection for the nation in the event of a smallpox attack, according to a recent study based on mathematical modeling.

Sep 15, 2003

Sep 15, 2003

HHS awards funds for bioterrorism preparedness training

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have announced $26.6 million in grants to universities and health systems around the country to improve bioterrorism preparedness training and education for healthcare professionals.

Sep 15, 2003

Sep 15, 2003

Singapore SARS patient recovering; review panel formed

(CIDRAP News) – A Singapore man who tested positive for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is doing well and will probably be released from a hospital to home quarantine this week, the Singapore Ministry of Health said today.

Sep 12, 2003

Sep 12, 2003

Researcher defends view that smallpox shot may give lasting protection

(CIDRAP News) – In response to criticism from smallpox expert Dr. D. A. Henderson, the senior author of a recent study on smallpox immunity has defended his group's conclusion that a single smallpox shot may provide at least some protection for decades or even for life.

Sep 11, 2003

Sep 11, 2003

West Nile cases soared in past week

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile virus infected 1,067 people the week of Sep 4 to 10, more than double the number the previous week, and claimed 17 more lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far this year there have been 2,923 cases with 54 deaths, the CDC reports in the Sep 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That compares with 4,156 cases and 284 deaths last year.

Sep 10, 2003

Sep 10, 2003

WHO says Singapore SARS case not a big concern

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO), while not dismissing the report of a SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) case in Singapore, said today the case is not a major concern.

Sep 09, 2003

Sep 09, 2003

NIAID to test immunoglobulin for West Nile encephalitis

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) yesterday announced a clinical trial to assess whether a new immunoglobulin product can alleviate or prevent encephalitis in patients infected with West Nile virus (WNV).

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