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Jan 03, 2011

Jan 03, 2011

Federal, industry officials praise food safety law

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials teamed up with industry and consumer-group leaders today to talk up the importance of the new food safety law and expressed confidence that it will make a big difference in the long run, even if Congress is in no mood to pay for implementing it.

Jan 03, 2011

Unique parapoxvirus found in 2 US deer hunters

(CIDRAP News) – Two similar skin infections in hunters who field dressed white-tailed deer led to the identification of a new parapoxvirus, which can mimic other infections and lead to diagnostic delays, according to researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 04, 2011

Jan 04, 2011

New Salmonella outbreak spurs another sprout recall

(CIDRAP News) – Another company has recalled sprouts after a foodborne illness investigation linked them to a half dozen cases so far in Oregon and Washington, this time involving Salmonella Newport.

Jan 04, 2011

HHS names 6 new members to biodefense advisory panel

(CIDRAP News) – Six new members have been appointed to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), the expert committee that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on preparing for bioterrroism and other public health emergencies, HHS officials announced yesterday.

The six new members replace six whose 3-year terms ended Dec 31, HHS said in a news release.

The new members are:

Jan 05, 2011

Jan 05, 2011

WHO confirms 4 Egyptian H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed four H5N1 avian influenza cases in Egypt, three of which had been previously reported in the media, and added new details about the patients' medical care and exposure to poultry.

Jan 05, 2011

Study confirms extreme obesity as novel H1N1 risk factor

(CIDRAP News) – Obesity as a risk factor for severe illness and death was one of the clinical surprises that emerged early in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and now California researchers have shown that extreme obesity is an independent risk factor for death from the disease.

Jan 05, 2011

IDSA issues guidelines for treating MRSA infections

(CIDRAP News) – Saying current treatment practices vary widely, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) today released lengthy guidelines for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which the group said now account for most of the skin infections that send people to emergency rooms.

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