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Sep 15, 2004

Sep 15, 2004

Plague organism shed genes as it grew more lethal

(CIDRAP News) – The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, may have acquired its lethal traits by shedding genes found in a closely related bacterium that is less dangerous, according to a recent study.

Sep 15, 2004

Postal Service urged to hone plans for coping with anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the most important lesson gleaned from examining the anthrax exposures in US Postal Service (USPS) facilities in 2001 is that agencies must err on the side of caution to protect people from uncertain and potentially life-threatening risks.

Sep 14, 2004

Sep 14, 2004

Avian flu puts animal health on WHO radar

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza and other diseases that originated in animals show that the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to pay more attention to animal health, the WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific said at an international conference yesterday.

Sep 13, 2004

Sep 13, 2004

New avian flu outbreaks spur monitoring in Malaysia

(CIDRAP News) – New outbreaks of avian influenza in a monitoring zone in northern Malaysia have prompted the government to increase its surveillance to cover the entire state of Kelantan, according to news service reports.

Sep 10, 2004

Sep 10, 2004

1950s smallpox vaccine passes dilution test

(CIDRAP News) – A test of smallpox vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur in the 1950s show it is still effective even when diluted, suggesting that the United States has more than enough vaccine for everyone, according to a report this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Sep 09, 2004

Sep 09, 2004

Scoring system estimates a patient's risk for SARS

(CIDRAP News) – By sifting data from hundreds of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases in Hong Kong, researchers there have developed a scoring system for predicting whether a patient with suspicious signs and symptoms has the disease.

Sep 09, 2004

Avian flu death reported in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An 18-year-old boy in Thailand who had been exposed to sick chickens died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Sep 08, 2004

Sep 08, 2004

West Nile fever can be lengthy, serious illness

(CIDRAP News) – West Nile fever, usually considered a relatively benign manifestation of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, can be a prolonged, serious illness, according to a study published Sep 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Sep 07, 2004

Sep 07, 2004

CDC issues advisory about Lassa fever case

(CIDRAP News) – A case of Lassa fever in a New Jersey man who fell ill after visiting Liberia has caused federal health officials to issue a health advisory about the viral disease, rarely seen in the United States.

Sep 07, 2004

Sep 07, 2004

Vietnam blames another death on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese officials have blamed the Sep 5 death of a 14-month-old boy on avian influenza, according to news reports from Vietnam.

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