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Jun 04, 2004

Jun 04, 2004

CDC links 29 Salmonella cases with almonds

(CIDRAP) – An investigation of Salmonella illness cases associated with raw almonds has identified 29 cases in 12 states and one Canadian province, dating back as far as September 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

GAO urges more scrutiny of antibiotic use in animals

(CIDRAP News) – The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

More chickens culled in Texas outbreak of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Another flock of about 24,000 chickens was sacrificed this week near the site of an outbreak of avian influenza in Texas after screening tests indicated possible infection, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

Jun 02, 2004

Jun 02, 2004

China cancels SARS emergency measures

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health authorities have called off emergency measures for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), saying the latest outbreak is under control, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency.

Jun 01, 2004

Jun 01, 2004

New Mexico, Arizona have year's first West Nile cases

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection were reported last week in New Mexico and Arizona, marking the first time the West Nile season has begun so far west.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced last week that a man in San Juan County had tested positive for the virus and had recovered after having only mild symptoms.

Jun 01, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan grows to 25 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan has increased to 25 cases with six deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

The WHO had reported 19 cases and four deaths May 24 when it first confirmed the outbreak in Yambio County of Sudan's Western Equatoria province. The agency said it is continuing to help with surveillance, case management, and follow-up with contacts of patients.

May 28, 2004

May 28, 2004

NIAID seeks vaccines for H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said yesterday it has awarded contracts to two companies to develop vaccines based on the H5N1 avian influenza virus in an effort to limit the risk of a human influenza pandemic.

May 28, 2004

Avian flu reported on Texas farm

(CIDRAP News) – A flock of 24,000 chickens at a farm in northeastern Texas was destroyed yesterday because of evidence of a new outbreak of avian influenza, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

FDA sets procedures for detaining contaminated food

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination.

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

HHS allocates $498 million for hospital preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.

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