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Mar 07, 2005

Mar 07, 2005

Vietnamese nurse has avian flu; retesting reveals missed cases

(CIDRAP News) – A 26-year-old Vietnamese nurse who helped care for a younger man with H5N1 avian influenza has contracted the illness, but it is unclear whether he acquired it from the patient or from poultry, according to news reports from Vietnam today.

Mar 04, 2005

Mar 04, 2005

BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

(CIDRAP News) – A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada.

Mar 04, 2005

57 plague cases found in Congo, WHO reports

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) team on a medical mission to contain a plague outbreak in the Congo has found more suspected cases, but the scope of the outbreak remains smaller than initially feared.

Mar 04, 2005

Mar 04, 2005

Questions raised about Vietnam's avian flu reports and testing

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnam, the country at the center of this year's avian influenza activity, may have two problems with its data on human cases: transparency in reporting and accuracy in testing.

Mar 03, 2005

Mar 03, 2005

US flu activity may still be increasing

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States has been increasing since late December and may not have peaked for the season yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Mar 03, 2005

Mar 03, 2005

Avian flu reported again in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – More than 12,000 chickens and quail have died in the past 2 months in an outbreak of avian influenza on the Indonesian island of Java, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published today.

The viruses involved are H5N1 and H7N1, said an Indonesian official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Avian flu killed about 1.6 million chickens in the same region in West Java province last year, the official said.

Mar 03, 2005

Chiron's UK plant to resume making flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – British regulators have cleared Chiron Corp. to resume making influenza vaccine at its plant in Liverpool, England, which should improve the chances of an adequate vaccine supply in the United States next winter.

Mar 02, 2005

Mar 02, 2005

Congo's plague outbreak smaller than initially feared

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of pneumonic plague in a lawless part of the Congo appears to be smaller and more geographically limited than was originally feared, according to recent reports.

Mar 02, 2005

E coli in ground beef dropped in 2004, USDA says

(CIDRAP News) – The percentage of tested ground beef samples that federal meat inspectors found to be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 declined in 2004 for the fourth year in a row.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 0.17% (14 of 8,010) ground beef samples tested in 2004 contained the potentially deadly pathogen. That compared with 0.30% in 2003, 0.78% in 2004, 0.84% in 2001, and 0.86% in 2000.

Mar 01, 2005

Mar 01, 2005

Another person has H5N1; surveillance issues highlighted

(CIDRAP News) – An additional human case of H5N1 avian influenza has come to light in Vietnam even as reports indicate fewer outbreaks are occurring among poultry.

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