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Dec 11, 2002

Dec 11, 2002

Infectious disease experts oppose smallpox shots for public

(CIDRAP News) – The 7,000-member Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has urged President Bush not to make smallpox vaccine available to the public for now, on grounds that serious reactions to it could undermine public confidence in the shots and in other immunizations as well.

Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

Early detection and hospital preparedness called major SARS concerns

(CIDRAP News) – Worries about the ability to quickly detect a return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and about hospitals' ability to handle a large number of patients were two leading issues at a recent national meeting on SARS preparedness, according to a participating physician.

Feb 24, 2004

Feb 24, 2004

Y pseudotuberculosis infections traced to lettuce

(CIDRAP News) – An unusual intestinal infection that is often mistaken for appendicitis has been traced to a specific food source, iceberg lettuce, for the first time, according to a report in the Mar 1 Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID).

Mar 17, 2004

Mar 17, 2004

Benign rashes seen in first-time smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – Nine out of 250 people who received their first smallpox shots in a recent study reacted with a variety of self-limiting skin rashes, a side effect that could be mistaken for a serious reaction to the vaccine, according to a report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Apr 01, 2004

Apr 01, 2004

IDSA urges Bayer to stop selling enrofloxacin

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is urging Bayer Corp. to comply with a proposed federal regulatory action and withdraw enrofloxacin (Baytril) from the market because of the concern that its use in poultry promotes drug-resistant bacteria.

Oct 27, 2004

Oct 27, 2004

IDSA: flu vaccine shortage shows need for incentives

(CIDRAP News) – In response to the national influenza vaccine shortage, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on the federal government to find ways to make the production of vaccines more profitable.

Feb 11, 2005

Feb 11, 2005

Proposed budget cuts state biodefense funds, boosts drug stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has proposed cutting funds that support state and local preparedness for bioterrorism and other health emergencies in fiscal year 2006, drawing protests from public health advocacy groups.

However, the proposal for the fiscal year that begins next October would increase funding for the nation's emergency stockpile of drugs and medical supplies by more than 50%. The budget was released Feb 7.

Jun 17, 2005

Jun 17, 2005

IDSA says US antiviral supply for flu falls far short

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling the US government's stockpile of antiviral drugs "totally inadequate" in the face of a potential influenza pandemic.

Sep 15, 2005

Sep 15, 2005

US boosts medical stockpile for flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government is spending about $103 million to boost its small supplies of avian influenza vaccine and antiviral drugs to battle a possible flu pandemic, health officials announced today.

Oct 31, 2005

Oct 31, 2005

Disease experts warn against hoarding Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – Two major organizations of infectious disease experts today warned the public against hoarding oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying the threat of an influenza pandemic is not high enough to warrant it.

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