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Mar 17, 2005

Mar 17, 2005

Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases

(CIDRAP News) – This week's health warnings about soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk were based on 35 recent cases of tuberculosis in New York City that are believed to have been linked to raw-milk products.

Mar 17, 2005

Mar 17, 2005

Causes of anthrax scare still unclear as complaints fly

(CIDRAP News) – The causes of this week's anthrax alarms in the Washington, DC, area remained a mystery today as criticisms about communication and coordination by the Department of Defense (DoD) flew.

Mar 16, 2005

Mar 16, 2005

Washington anthrax alarms appear false

(CIDRAP News) – The anthrax alert that shut down several government buildings in the Washington, DC, area this week and put hundreds of workers on preventive antibiotic treatment apparently was a false alarm.

Testing of more than 70 samples from a mail facility near the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a mailroom at an office complex in nearby Falls Church, Va., showed no trace of anthrax, the Washington Post reported today.

Mar 16, 2005

FDA issues warning on raw-milk soft cheeses

Editor's note: Based on a Food and Drug Administration news release, the original version of this story incorrectly listed Ranchero as one type of soft cheese that may be made from raw milk The FDA later issued a clarification saying that Ranchero is a trademark of the Cacique Co. of Industry, Calif., for a cheese made with pasteurized milk.

Mar 15, 2005

Mar 15, 2005

Signs of anthrax reported in Washington mail facilities

(CIDRAP News) – Signs of anthrax detected by sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington, DC, area yesterday prompted authorities to shut down several buildings and recommend antibiotics for hundreds of workers.

Mar 15, 2005

WHO reports 130 suspected plague cases in Congo

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today it has found 130 suspected cases of plague, 57 of them fatal, in its ongoing investigation of an outbreak in the northeastern Congo.

In its previous update on Mar 9, the agency had reported 114 cases, including 54 deaths.

Mar 14, 2005

Mar 14, 2005

Second Vietnamese nurse free of avian flu, report says

(CIDRAP News) – A second Vietnamese nurse who had cared for an avian influenza patient was reported to have a suspected case of the illness 2 days ago, but a Vietnamese newspaper said today that the nurse is free of the virus.

The nurse, a 41-year-old woman from Thai Binh province, was hospitalized in Hanoi Mar 10 with a high fever, cough, and a lung infection, according to a Mar 12 Associated Press (AP) report.

Mar 11, 2005

Mar 11, 2005

IOM says poor communication hurt CDC smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Poor policy communication and a lack of clearly defined goals seriously hindered the smallpox preparedness program that the federal government launched in 2003, according to a report released by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week.

Mar 11, 2005

Mar 11, 2005

Vietnam avian flu cases spark concern as WHO gives numbers

(CIDRAP News) – The recent series of cases of avian influenza in a single province in Vietnam has increased concern about whether the nature of the illness is changing.

Mar 10, 2005

Mar 10, 2005

Though SARS is quiet for now, its lessons remain

(CIDRAP News) – The strain of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) that erupted from obscurity to kill 774 people worldwide has gone quiet, at least for now. Yet its lessons will keep benefiting people even if it never reappears.

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