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Apr 21, 2003

Apr 21, 2003

FDA lists steps for protecting blood supply from SARS

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning blood-collection agencies not to accept blood from people who have been in places hard-hit by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) until 2 weeks after their return to the United States.

Apr 21, 2003

Apr 21, 2003

Chinese SARS numbers soar with disclosure of Beijing cases

(CIDRAP News) – The number of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases in China soared in the past 2 days with official revelations that Beijing has 448 cases, more than 10 times the number previously reported.

The increase helped push the worldwide cumulative total to 3,861 cases, with 217 deaths, according to today's figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO reported 495 new cases since the previous report on Apr 19.

Apr 18, 2003

Apr 18, 2003

2002 data show mixed results in battle against foodborne diseases

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary data for 2002 indicate that the nation is making progress against some major foodborne diseases, including Campylobacter and Listeria, but not against others, including Salmonella, one of the most common.

Apr 17, 2003

Apr 17, 2003

Only 35 'probable' SARS cases in US, says CDC

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials said today that only 35 people in the United States have "probable" cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a small fraction of the 208 suspected cases under investigation.

Apr 16, 2003

Apr 16, 2003

Genetic blueprint of Q fever pathogen decoded

(CIDRAP News) – The genetic blueprint of Coxiella burnetii, a category B bioterrorism agent that causes Q fever, has been decoded and analyzed, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced this week.

Apr 16, 2003

New coronavirus confirmed as SARS pathogen

(CIDRAP News) – A previously unrecognized coronavirus that has been regarded for 3 weeks as the likely cause of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been confirmed as the pathogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Apr 15, 2003

Apr 15, 2003

SARS virus genetic map will lead to better tests, speed vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Genetic sequencing of the virus believed to cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)—an achievement announced by Canadian and US scientists in the past few days—has set the stage for improving diagnostic tests and developing treatments and vaccines for the disease, according to health officials.

Apr 14, 2003

Apr 14, 2003

Congress passes smallpox vaccine compensation plan

(CIDRAP News) – Congress, acting to remove a major barrier to the government's smallpox vaccination program, has passed a more generous compensation plan for those harmed by the vaccine than the one originally proposed by the Bush administration.

Apr 11, 2003

Apr 11, 2003

SARS could be biggest disease threat since AIDS, says WHO expert

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) communicable disease programs says severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may pose a more serious global health threat than any other new disease in the past 20-plus years, with the sole exception of AIDS.

Apr 11, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease turns up in West Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Exotic Newcastle disease (END) has been found in a backyard chicken flock near El Paso, Tex., prompting a ban on poultry movement in five Texas and New Mexico counties, Texas officials announced yesterday.

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