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Mar 11, 2004

Mar 11, 2004

FAO warns against early restocking as avian flu persists

(CIDRAP News) – Asia's battle with avian influenza continued as new outbreaks were reported in Thailand and Taiwan, while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned countries not to rebuild their flocks prematurely.

Mar 10, 2004

Mar 10, 2004

Weakened smallpox vaccine performs well in animals

(CIDRAP News) – Two studies announced by federal health officials today suggest that modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), a weakened form of the conventional smallpox vaccine, could provide a safer way to provide smallpox immunity to people at risk for complications from the standard vaccine.

Mar 09, 2004

Mar 09, 2004

Avian flu update: Maryland, Japan, Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza outbreak on a commercial poultry farm in eastern Maryland was confirmed over the weekend by the US Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, jump-starting quarantines, culling, and widespread testing.

Mar 08, 2004

Mar 08, 2004

Indonesian dengue fever epidemic spreads

(CIDRAP News) – The dengue fever epidemic in Indonesia continues to spread, with almost 400 deaths and more than 26,000 cases since January 1, according to a number of news sources. Dr. Rita Kusriastuti, an official with the Indonesian Ministry of Health, said that more than 390 people had died of the mosquito-borne disease and that at least 30 of 32 provinces had reported cases, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today.

Mar 05, 2004

Mar 05, 2004

Spray for raw chicken: a boon for food safety?

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved use of a spray containing the active ingredient in mouth rinses and throat lozenges as a way of reducing poultry-related foodborne illnesses. The chemical, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), will soon be marketed as a spray under the name Cecure for poultry processing companies to apply to raw poultry.

Mar 04, 2004

Mar 04, 2004

New board to advise on 'dual use' research, announces HHS

(CIDRAP News) – A new government-wide effort to sustain the cutting-edge life sciences research for which the United States is known but to also guard against misuse of the knowledge and technologies growing from this research was announced today by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Mar 03, 2004

Mar 03, 2004

CDC seeks data on infants born to women with West Nile

(CIDRAP News) – In the face of a possible risk of birth defects, federal health officials are recommending careful evaluation of infants born to women with a history of West Nile virus (WNV) illness during pregnancy.

Mar 03, 2004

Mar 03, 2004

Avian flu crisis dwarfs past outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – More birds have died or been sacrificed in the current avian influenza outbreaks in Asia than in the five largest previous outbreaks of avian flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday.

Mar 02, 2004

Mar 02, 2004

Kansas meat company proposes to test all cattle for BSE

(CIDRAP News) – A Kansas meat company is proposing to revive its beef exports to Japan by testing all cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—a proposal that has put the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the spot.

Mar 02, 2004

Disease fears hitting meat exports hard, FAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Animal disease outbreaks and concerns, including avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), are currently reducing global meat and animal exports by about one third, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

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