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May 23, 2003

May 23, 2003

WHO lifts SARS travel warnings for Hong Kong, Guangdong

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today lifted its recommendation against travel to Hong Kong and China's Guangdong province, signaling that the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak is declining in its original strongholds.

Both places have fewer than 60 patients who are still infectious, and the average number of new cases per day has hovered at less than five in recent days, WHO officials said in a news release.

May 22, 2003

May 22, 2003

One SARS victim may have exposed thousands in Taiwan; ill CDC expert to come home

(CIDRAP News) – A hospital laundry worker in Taiwan who was sick for 6 days before he was recognized as having SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) may have exposed more than 10,000 people to the disease and helped derail Taiwan's previously effective containment effort, according to US health officials.

May 22, 2003

Encephalitis case may be complication of smallpox shot

(CIDRAP News) – A 38-year-old man who had a seizure a few weeks after receiving a smallpox shot may have the first case of postvaccinial encephalitis in the current civilian smallpox vaccination program, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

May 20, 2003

May 20, 2003

US still underinvested in public health, CDC chief says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States remains underinvested in public health even though terrorism and new diseases like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) have raised the public health system's profile, the nation's top disease-prevention leader told public health graduates at the University of Minnesota yesterday.

May 20, 2003

May 20, 2003

'Mad cow disease' case confirmed in Alberta

(CIDRAP News) – Postmortem tests have confirmed that a cow from an Alberta farm had bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, Canadian officials announced today. The news marked the first known BSE case in North America since another Alberta case was found in 1993.

May 19, 2003

May 19, 2003

Overblown immune response may aggravate SARS symptoms

(CIDRAP News) – In a study of 75 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) patients from the Amoy Gardens outbreak in Hong Kong, most patients improved after a few days of hospitalization but then worsened in their second week of illness, possibly because of an overly intense immune response to the virus.

May 16, 2003

May 16, 2003

Avian influenza may be losing steam in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – The devastating outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Netherlands is showing signs of losing steam, and a smaller outbreak in neighboring Belgium has been halted, according to European officials.

May 15, 2003

May 15, 2003

Precautions didn't protect 9 Toronto hospital workers from SARS

(CIDRAP News) – Recommended infection control precautions apparently failed to protect nine Toronto hospital staff members from contracting SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) while caring for a critically ill SARS patient, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

May 14, 2003

May 14, 2003

CDC: Don't cancel events drawing people from SARS-affected areas

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials say businesses and universities should go ahead with meetings and events, such as graduation ceremonies, that include travelers from areas affected by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

May 14, 2003

In funding guidelines, HHS urges states to press on with smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – In new guidelines for obtaining federal bioterrorism preparedness funds, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging states to press on with their smallpox vaccination efforts and other smallpox response planning.

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