News & Perspective

Jan 02, 2008

Jan 02, 2008

Air trip by drug-resistant TB patient prompts passenger testing

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently issued an alert about a woman with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) who flew from India to the United States in mid December, and efforts are under way to locate and test several of her fellow passengers for the disease.

Jan 02, 2008

Jan 02, 2008

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Toolkit provides guidance on home care for the sick

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

Jan 08, 2008

Jan 08, 2008

Study finds live operators are key to disease hotline success

(CIDRAP News) – A RAND Corporation study of how well local health departments handle telephone reports of urgent disease cases found that the best performers had a live person answering calls at all hours.

Jan 10, 2008

Jan 10, 2008

Federal officials warn of dengue threat to the US

(CIDRAP News) – The United States could be the next country to experience an epidemic of dengue illnesses if the disease keeps aggressively expanding, senior officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) warned this week.

Jan 14, 2008

Jan 14, 2008

Study refines view of H5N1 virus's binding preferences

(CIDRAP News) – A research report published last week says that the factors governing whether H5N1 avian influenza viruses can invade human cells are more complex than previously thought and have to do with the particular shape of the cell-surface sugar molecules to which viruses attach.

Jan 18, 2008

Jan 18, 2008

ACLU sees coercive theme in federal pandemic plans

(CIDRAP News) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week charged that federal pandemic planning efforts rely too heavily on law enforcement and national security approaches, in effect making people, not disease, the enemy.

Jan 23, 2008

Jan 23, 2008

GAO cites barriers to antiviral, vaccine roles in pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Antiviral medications and vaccines are two tools that many government and health officials hope will stall the spread of an influenza pandemic, but each strategy has daunting challenges, according to a new report from Congress's Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jan 24, 2008

Jan 24, 2008

Older flu drugs still used, against CDC advice

(CIDRAP News) – A recent survey suggests that about a quarter of primary care physicians (PCPs) were still prescribing older antiviral drugs for influenza during the last flu season, despite a federal warning to avoid them because of viral resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 25, 2008

Jan 25, 2008

Authors defend study of nondrug measures in 1918 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The authors of a 2007 study of nonpharmaceutical measures used in the 1918 influenza pandemic, responding to a critique from historian John M. Barry, argued last week that there is strong evidence that New York City used isolation and quarantine to battle the Spanish flu.

Jan 29, 2008

Jan 29, 2008

Europeans find Tamiflu resistance in seasonal flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – An early report on the seasonal influenza strains circulating in Europe reveals that some H1N1 viruses show signs of resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported this week.

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