News & Perspective

May 01, 2002

May 01, 2002

Factors governing infectiousness of anthrax still mysterious, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – A lengthy report by an expert panel on anthrax generally echoes treatment and prevention recommendations made by federal health officials last fall while highlighting how little is known about the epidemiology of the disease, especially how many spores it takes to cause infection.

Jul 17, 2002

Jul 17, 2002

Homeland security strategy report calls for numerous biodefense initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released this week, lays out a lengthy agenda for defending the country against bioterrorism as well as other kinds of terrorist attacks.

Feb 26, 2003

Feb 26, 2003

BioWatch program aims for nationwide detection of airborne pathogens

Editor's Note: The text as originally published on Feb 26 was revised slightly on March 10, 2003.

May 13, 2003

May 13, 2003

Pesticide-laced beef sickened 92 people in Michigan

(CIDRAP News) – At least 92 people got sick after eating ground beef that had been intentionally contaminated with a nicotine-containing pesticide at a Michigan supermarket last January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 09, 2003

Jul 09, 2003

HHS to expand mobile public health force

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has announced plans to expand and strengthen the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, the nation's uniformed force of health professionals who can be mobilized to respond to health emergencies around the country.

Jul 17, 2003

Jul 17, 2003

EPA hopes to cut waterborne Cryptosporidium infections

(CIDRAP News) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a new requirement for water systems that it says could prevent up to a million illnesses a year by reducing Cryptosporidium contamination in drinking water.

Jun 24, 2004

Jun 24, 2004

FDA says chromium compound poisoned dairy cows

(CIDRAP News) – A substance that was smeared on dairy cows near Seattle, killing three and sickening seven others, was a chromium compound, but the episode did not endanger consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said late yesterday.

Sep 23, 2004

Sep 23, 2004

WHO stresses prevention over remediation for drinking-water safety

(CIDRAP News) – Calling for better prevention from catchment to consumer, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sep 21 issued new guidelines to ensure drinking-water safety worldwide.

Sep 27, 2004

Sep 27, 2004

EPA finds E coli , coliform in airplane water tests

(CIDRAP News) – More than 12% of passenger aircraft contained Escherichia coli or coliform bacteria in a recent round of testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found.

Nov 11, 2004

Nov 11, 2004

EPA, airlines announce pact on drinking-water safety

(CIDRAP News) – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and major US airlines announced an interim agreement this week to strengthen procedures for testing and disinfecting drinking-water systems on airliners.

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