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Sep 25, 2003

Sep 25, 2003

CDC: Smallpox responders wouldn't need revaccination in outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials say healthcare workers who recently received smallpox shots would not need a second shot in the event of a smallpox outbreak in the next few years, despite a recent CDC advisory suggesting that they might.

Sep 25, 2003

Sep 25, 2003

Current West Nile outbreak surpasses last year's

Sep 25, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – This year's West Nile virus outbreak in the United States has far surpassed last year's in number of cases, but the death toll remains lower than last year's, according to the latest count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 23, 2003

Sep 23, 2003

Singapore man acquired SARS in government lab, panel says

(CIDRAP News) – An international review panel has concluded that the Singapore man who had the world's first new SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) case since the end of the outbreak probably acquired the virus in a government laboratory where he worked, the Singapore Ministry of Health announced today.

Sep 23, 2003

Johns Hopkins biodefense experts head in new direction

(CIDRAP News) – The leaders of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies (CCBS) in Baltimore, probably the nation's best-known biodefense policy institute, announced last week that they are leaving Johns Hopkins to launch a new biosecurity center with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Sep 19, 2003

Sep 19, 2003

USDA reports less E coli O157:H7 in ground beef this year

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found Escherichia coli O157:H7 in fewer ground beef samples this year than in past years, suggesting that a year-old initiative to keep the pathogen out of meat is paying off.

Sep 19, 2003

Sep 19, 2003

Potential treatment for HUS fails in major clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – A drug that researchers hoped would offer the first effective treatment for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)—a sometimes fatal kidney condition that can result from eating food contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7—has proved ineffective in a major clinical trial.

Sep 18, 2003

Sep 18, 2003

West Nile test makes blood supply safer this year, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – A new blood test for West Nile virus (WNV) is not foolproof but has made the blood supply safer now than it was a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today.

Sep 17, 2003

Sep 17, 2003

Exotic Newcastle disease battle ends

(CIDRAP News) – The last areas of California under quarantine for exotic Newcastle disease (END) were released yesterday, signaling the end of an 11-month, $160 million battle to control the highly infectious disease of poultry and other birds.

Sep 17, 2003

Sep 17, 2003

NIAID launches program to apply immunology to biodefense

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) today announced a new $85 million program to study the human immune response to diseases of bioterrorism and develop vaccines, drugs, and other countermeasures.

Sep 16, 2003

Sep 16, 2003

Voluntary smallpox vaccination could yield low herd immunity

(CIDRAP News) – A voluntary smallpox vaccination policy for the public is likely to produce an inadequate level of protection for the nation in the event of a smallpox attack, according to a recent study based on mathematical modeling.

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