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Jul 02, 2003

Jul 02, 2003

Monkeypox confirmed in imported African rodents

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today it has confirmed monkeypox in six rodents from a shipment of African mammals that is believed to be the source of the current monkeypox outbreak in the United States.

Jul 10, 2003

Jul 10, 2003

Monkeypox case count drops to 71

(CIDRAP News) – The number of possible human monkeypox cases dropped in the past week as investigators ruled out 11 cases while confirming three, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Nov 04, 2003

Nov 04, 2003

Animal commerce rules tightened to prevent monkeypox

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have tightened restrictions on trafficking in prairie dogs and African rodents to prevent the spread of monkeypox.

An outbreak of human monkeypox in the United States last May and June was traced to a shipment of imported African rodents. The disease apparently spread from the rodents to pet prairie dogs and on to people, leading to 37 confirmed, 12 probable, and 22 suspected human cases.

Feb 05, 2004

Feb 05, 2004

Few clues in ricin attack as Senate recovers

(CIDRAP News) – One of three Senate office buildings that were closed this week after ricin was found in an office was set to reopen today, but the source of the ricin remained a mystery.

Feb 25, 2004

Feb 25, 2004

FBI offers details on ricin-laced letter to White House

(CIDRAP News) – The FBI this week released a photo of a letter addressed to the White House last fall that contained ricin and threatened to "turn D.C. into a ghost town" if new trucking regulations went into effect.

The letter stated, "If you change the hours of service on January 4, 2004 I will turn D.C. into a ghost town. The powder on the letter is RICIN have a nice day Fallen Angel."

Mar 03, 2008

Mar 03, 2008

Ricin found in sick man's Vegas hotel room

(CIDRAP News) – A Las Vegas man remained unconscious today with suspected ricin poisoning after the deadly toxin derived from castor beans was found in his Las Vegas motel room last week, according to news services.

May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010

CDC reports drop in healthcare-related blood infections

(CIDRAP News) – Reports from 17 states show that one major type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) dropped 18% in the first half of 2009, suggesting that the healthcare system is making progress in the battle against infections in hospitals, national health officials announced today.

Jun 09, 2010

Jun 09, 2010

Audits find infection control gaps at ambulatory surgical centers

(CIDRAP News) – An observational survey of infection control practices in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in three states found that two thirds of the centers had at least one lapse and nearly 18% had three or more gaps in five reviewed areas, researchers from two federal agencies reported yesterday.

Apr 01, 2011

Apr 01, 2011

CDC issues new guidance on catheter-linked blood infections

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy set of new guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, a problem that's estimated to cost the nation billions of dollars a year.

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