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Jan 02, 2013

Jan 02, 2013

'Fiscal cliff' agreement protects preparedness funds--for now

(CIDRAP News) – The House of Representative's final approval last night of a deal to stave off severe "fiscal cliff" budget cuts protects public health preparedness funding, at least for the next 2 months.

Jan 03, 2013

Jan 03, 2013

WHO says polio drive must push on despite Pakistan setbacks

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of recent killings of polio vaccinators in Pakistan, some questions are being raised about the all-out push to eradicate polio, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says the world can't afford to back off on the eradication drive now.

Jan 04, 2013

Jan 04, 2013

FDA unveils 2 new rules based on 2011 food safety law

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unveiled two new proposed food safety rules, one aimed at food makers and the other at the produce industry, that are part of implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Jan 04, 2013

Jan 04, 2013

US flu activity continues to rise sharply

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity continued its sharp rise through the last week of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

"Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons," said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention in the CDC's flu division, in a CDC statement today.

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