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Apr 09, 2003

Apr 09, 2003

WHO official says SARS has peaked outside China

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official today said the peak of the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has passed in places other than China and Hong Kong, despite the continuing increase in cases.

Apr 08, 2003

Apr 08, 2003

Number of plasmid copies affects virulence of anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – A study focusing on the two plasmids, or extrachromosomal DNA rings, usually found in Bacillus anthracis cells helps explain why different varieties of anthrax differ significantly in virulence.

Apr 07, 2003

Apr 07, 2003

WHO cites limitations of SARS diagnostic tests

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to develop a fast, reliable diagnostic test for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) suffered setbacks in recent days as the disease continued to spread at a brisk pace, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Of three different tests under development, two don't work until relatively late in the course of the illness, and one can be used earlier but is not very reliable, WHO announced today.

Apr 04, 2003

Apr 04, 2003

SARS cases reach 115 in US, but most patients have recovered

(CIDRAP News) – Cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the United States and worldwide jumped significantly today, but most patients in the United States have recovered and none have died, according to health officials.

Apr 04, 2003

More than 9 million chickens killed to control Dutch avian influenza

(CIDRAP News) – More than 9 million chickens have been killed and another 2 million are likely to meet the same fate in the battle to contain the month-old epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Netherlands, according to reports from there.

Apr 03, 2003

Apr 03, 2003

Senate committee backs GOP smallpox compensation plan

(CIDRAP News) – A Republican proposal for compensating healthcare workers harmed by the smallpox vaccine won narrow approval from a Senate committee yesterday, over Democratic objections that the plan is not generous enough.

Apr 03, 2003

Apr 03, 2003

CDC reports heart problems in three more smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported three more cases of heart problems in recent smallpox shot recipients, including two cases of heart inflammation and one heart attack. The cases bring the number of civilians who experienced cardiac problems after vaccination to 10 since the immunization program began in January.

Apr 02, 2003

Apr 02, 2003

WHO warns against travel to China as world SARS cases top 2,200

Apr 2 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today took the unusual step of advising against nonessential travel to Hong Kong and the neighboring Guangdong Province of China because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) there.

Apr 01, 2003

Apr 01, 2003

Heart inflammation cases rise in smallpox vaccinees; CDC broadens deferral

(CIDRAP News) – Federal agencies have reported four more cases of heart inflammation in military personnel who received smallpox shots, including one severe case. The report came as officials advised the states to suspend smallpox shots for people with three or more major cardiac risk factors as well as for those with known heart disease.

Mar 31, 2003

Mar 31, 2003

Hong Kong seals apartment building to contain SARS

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to slow the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Hong Kong health officials have sealed off a large apartment building where 107 people became infected.

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