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Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

Florida woman dies of probable vCJD

(CIDRAP News) – A young Florida woman who suffered from a probable case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) died Jun 20, apparently becoming the disease's first victim in the United States, according to news service reports.

Jun 22, 2004

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The possibility of a smallpox outbreak highlights a key threat to America's public health system: What if a person needs a vaccine but there is no nurse to give the shot?

America's growing shortage of qualified public health workers could undermine terrorism preparedness, according to a recent report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Jun 22, 2004

12 apparent Ebola cases reclassified as measles

(CIDRAP News) – Twelve of the 30 recent cases of a disease thought to be Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Sudan have been reclassified as measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

Jan 14, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) says the present is an excellent time for states to prepare for the next influenza pandemic and has issued a report to help show the way.

Jun 18, 2004

Jun 18, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan contained

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing.

Jun 17, 2004

Jun 17, 2004

Public health preparedness grants to total $849 million

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today it will award a total of $849 million to states, territories, and four major cities in this year's package of public health preparedness grants.

Jun 17, 2004

Arizona has most West Nile cases so far

(CIDRAP News) – Arizona has had 10 of the 14 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection reported in the nation so far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jun 16, 2004

Jun 16, 2004

Pilot study to probe cardiac effects of smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to shed some light on a potential side effect of smallpox vaccination, researchers are launching a federally funded pilot study of the effects of smallpox vaccines on cardiac cells in mice.

Jun 15, 2004

Jun 15, 2004

FDA seeks input on produce safety action plan

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is producing a comprehensive new action plan for reducing pathogenic contamination in fresh produce and wants public input on it.

Jun 14, 2004

Jun 14, 2004

FDA approves generic forms of ciprofloxacin

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved the first generic versions of ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the antibiotic that drew national attention when it was used after the mail-borne anthrax attacks in 2001.

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