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Jan 05, 2004

Jan 05, 2004

SARS case in China confirmed

(CIDRAP News) – The suspected case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in a 32-year-old man in southern China has been confirmed by laboratory tests, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

The case is the first in China and the first anywhere in someone other than a laboratory researcher since the end of the global SARS outbreaks last July.

Jan 06, 2004

Jan 06, 2004

DNA tests show BSE-infected cow came from Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Genetic tests have confirmed that the cow with the first known case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States came from a herd in Alberta, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Jan 06, 2004

Herd containing calf of BSE-infected cow to be destroyed

(CIDRAP News) – A herd of 450 bull calves that includes the offspring of the nation's first cow known to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) will be euthanized as a precaution against the disease, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday.

Jan 07, 2004

Jan 07, 2004

Avian flu in Korea crops up again after lull

Jan 7, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza outbreak in South Korea showed signs of subsiding last week, but the disease turned up at a new site Jan 4, according to Korean newspaper reports.

The new case was confirmed at a duck farm in South Chungchong Province in the west-central part of the country, bringing the number of affected farms to 15, according to a Jan 5 report in the Korea Times.

Jan 08, 2004

Jan 08, 2004

Second SARS case suspected in China

(CIDRAP News) – Another suspected SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) case was reported in southern China today, just as the man who had China's first SARS case since the end of last year's global outbreaks was released from a hospital.

A 20-year-old waitress with suspected SARS was being treated in isolation in a hospital in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, according to an online report by Xinhua, China's official news agency.

Jan 08, 2004

Jan 08, 2004

Flu has killed 93 children but may be declining

(CIDRAP News) – The 2003-2004 influenza season may already be past its peak, but it has claimed the lives of 93 children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jan 08, 2004

DoD resumes anthrax shots after judge lifts ban

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday ordered the resumption of its mandatory anthrax vaccination program after a federal judge in Washington, DC, lifted an injunction that had halted the program Dec 22.

An order for immediate resumption of the inoculations was issued by David S. C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and was posted on a DoD Web site.

Jan 09, 2004

Jan 09, 2004

USDA to cull another 129 cattle in BSE hunt

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today it will euthanize about 129 cattle in Washington state because of a risk that some of them were raised in Canada with the cow that was recently found to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Jan 12, 2004

Jan 12, 2004

Avian influenza reported in Vietnam, Japan

(CIDRAP News) – Official sources have confirmed outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Vietnam and Japan, and one media report said the Vietnamese outbreak may be linked to the deaths of 11 people in Hanoi.

Jan 12, 2004

Jan 12, 2004

China has third suspected SARS case

(CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old man in Guangdong Province has China's third suspected case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) since the global outbreaks ended last summer, Chinese officials said today.

The man fell ill with a fever Dec 31 and was sent to a hospital Jan 6, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency. He was transferred to No. 8 People's Hospital of Guangzhou Jan 9 and is recovering there, the report said.

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