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Apr 04, 2002

Apr 04, 2002

Lack of gloves, poor cleaning led to cutaneous anthrax in lab worker

MMWR report says worker had not been vaccinated against anthrax and the vials were cleaned with isopropyl alcohol rather than bleach.

Apr 03, 2002

Apr 03, 2002

Wyoming E coli O157:H7 outbreak showed hazards in small water systems

A 1998 outbreak of E coli O157:H7 in a small town pointed up the vulnerability of small, unchlorinated water systems to contamination, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Apr 03, 2002

Team of four will lead CDC until new director is named

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announces that three at CDC plus CIDRAP's director to guide transition.

Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

Anthrax vaccine appears to have no effect on pregnancy rate or outcome

Anthrax vaccination in more than 3,000 Army women had no effect on pregnancy or birth rates and no discernible effect on adverse birth outcomes, according to a study published in this week's JAMA.
Mar 29, 2002

Aventis to give millions of smallpox vaccine doses to US government

Aventis Pasteur announced today that it will give an estimated 75 million to 90 million doses of decades-old smallpox vaccine to the US government.

Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

NIAID study: Diluted smallpox vaccine remains potent

A study indicates that the existing smallpox vaccine remains effective after being diluted five-fold and ten-fold, suggesting that the 15-million dose US stockpile can be stretched much further.

Mar 28, 2002

Mar 28, 2002

Aventis has cache of up to 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The French-basedpharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur has a previously unreported cache of 70million to 90 million doses of frozen smallpox vaccine, the Washington Post reported today. If made available to the federal government,the supply would vastly expand the current US stockpile of 15.4 million doses.

Mar 27, 2002

Mar 27, 2002

President Bush moves to fill NIH and surgeon general positions

President Bush yesterday nominated an administrator from Johns Hopkins University to head the National Institutes of Health and an Arizona trauma surgeon and public health expert to be surgeon general.

Mar 26, 2002

Mar 26, 2002

Cidofovir derivative shows promise as oral drug for smallpox

Laboratory and animal experiments suggest that a new, orally administered derivative of the antiviral drug cidofovir could be an effective treatment for smallpox.

Mar 25, 2002

Mar 25, 2002

In simulated smallpox attack, vaccine shortage crippled national response

(CIDRAP News) – It is 13 days since the emergence of a hypothetical smallpox epidemic caused by the release of virus in three US shopping malls. Some 16,000 cases have been reported, 1,000 people have died, and the nation is running out of vaccine. Hospitals are overflowing, and federal and state officials are at odds over how to contain the epidemic.

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