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Apr 09, 2003

Apr 09, 2003

WHO official says SARS has peaked outside China

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official today said the peak of the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has passed in places other than China and Hong Kong, despite the continuing increase in cases.

Dec 24, 2003

Dec 24, 2003

USDA says first US BSE case poses little risk

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials took pains to assure the public today that the risk of contamination in the US beef supply is very low following yesterday's announcement that the nation's first apparent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had turned up in Washington state.

Aug 06, 2004

Aug 06, 2004

Avian flu hits ostriches in South Africa

(CIDRAP News) – South Africa has stopped all poultry exports and plans to slaughter 6,000 ostriches on two farms because of an avian influenza outbreak, but the flu is a different strain from the one that has plagued Southeast Asia this year, according to news services.

Aug 12, 2004

Aug 12, 2004

Three deaths in Vietnam blamed on avian flu

Editor's note: This story was revised Aug 13, 2004, to include additional information from the World Health Organization.

(CIDRAP News) – Three people in Vietnam died recently of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Aug 17, 2004

Aug 17, 2004

H5N1 flu confirmed in three Vietnamese deaths against backdrop of more suspected cases

(CIDRAP News) – The cases of three people who died recently in Vietnam have now been confirmed by that country as being caused by the H5N1 strain, and two other patients are suspected of having the disease, according to news sources yesterday and today.

Feb 18, 2005

Feb 18, 2005

Pneumonic plague outbreak in Congo sparks WHO response

(CIDRAP News) – An unusual outbreak of pneumonic plague that has killed at least 61 people and potentially sickened hundreds of others is the focus of a World Health Organization (WHO) mission in a war-torn area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mar 28, 2005

Mar 28, 2005

Marburg death toll in Angola reaches 122

(CIDRAP News) – The death toll in the Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola has risen to 122, just one fewer than in the largest previous outbreak of the disease, according to news reports from Africa.

Apr 08, 2005

Apr 08, 2005

Marburg outbreak jumps to 200 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The toll in Angola's epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has continued to climb sharply, reaching 174 deaths out of 200 cases, according to the latest reports.

Jun 27, 2005

Jun 27, 2005

Japan has H5N2 avian flu outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A Japanese farm is expected to cull most of its 25,000 chickens to prevent the spread of a highly pathogenic avian influenza, identified as A H5N2, that has killed about 800 chickens, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.

Nov 10, 2005

Nov 10, 2005

Angola declares worst Marburg outbreak over

(CIDRAP News) – After a harrowing year of trying to stop the spread of the lethal Marburg virus, Angola has declared itself free of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, according to news reports.

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