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Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

USDA rules out BSE in second suspected case

(CIDRAP News) – Further testing has ruled out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the second of two cattle for which initial screening tests were inconclusive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

CDC, manufacturers aim for more flu shots this year

(CIDRAP News) – More Americans are being told to seek flu vaccination and more vaccine will be available in the coming influenza season, as authorities try to improve people's odds against the persistent and sometimes deadly influenza virus.

Jul 01, 2004

Jul 01, 2004

More military personnel to get anthrax and smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – More US troops and civilian defense workers serving overseas will be getting smallpox and anthrax vaccinations in coming months, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced yesterday.

Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

BSE ruled out in one of two suspected cases

(CIDRAP News) – Follow-up testing has ruled out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an animal for which an earlier screening test was inconclusive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this afternoon.

Jun 30, 2004

FDA reports growing compliance with food security rules

Jun 30 (CIDRAP News) – As federal agencies near the Aug 12 deadline for full enforcement of the food security provisions of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, authorities say the food industry is getting better at following the new rules.

Jun 30, 2004

USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

(CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

Avian flu strikes again in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – Three months after Vietnam declared itself free of avian influenza, the disease has struck there again, causing the loss of at least 4,500 chickens in a southern province, according to news services.

A Reuters report today said chickens on three farms in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu died or were destroyed after testing positive for an H5 avian flu virus.

Jun 29, 2004

Jun 29, 2004

Genes for anthrax toxin found in another microbe

Editor's Note: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where the research described was accomplished, was inadvertently omitted from the list of author affiliations in the 4th paragraph below; the article was updated Jul 1, 2004, to include this information.

Jun 28, 2004

Jun 28, 2004

USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an "inconclusive," or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results.

Jun 25, 2004

Jun 25, 2004

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