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Feb 06, 2002

Feb 06, 2002

Proposed 2003 HHS budget includes a 45% boost in bioterrorism-related spending

(CIDRAP News) – The proposed 2003 budget for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features a 45% increase in spending for bioterrorism preparedness, with research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accounting for much of the increase.

Feb 07, 2002

Feb 07, 2002

HHS supplies funds for academic centers for public health preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide $20 million this year to build up a nationwide network of university-based centers for public health preparedness that was launched in 2000, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced this week.

Feb 07, 2002

Microbiologist named to USDA food safety position

(CIDRAP News) – Merle D. Pierson, PhD, a food microbiologist from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), has been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Anne M. Veneman as deputy under secretary for food safety in the US Department of Agriculture.

Feb 11, 2002

Feb 11, 2002

USDA launches Web site for predicting behavior of foodborne pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up a new Web site to help food scientists develop and use mathematical models to predict how pathogenic bacteria in food will behave under varying environmental conditions.

Feb 11, 2002

Feb 11, 2002

Taiwan study shows spread of fluoroquinolone-resistant Salmonella from pigs to humans

(CIDRAP News) – A study from Taiwan shows a rapid increase in fluoroquinolone resistance in Salmonella enterica serotype choleraesuis in humans over the past 2 years and suggests that the resistant strain spread from pigs. The findings prompted the researchers to urge a ban on fluoroquinoline use in food animals.

Feb 12, 2002

Feb 12, 2002

Animal study suggests that adding killed spores could improve anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – An anthrax vaccine made by combining a component of the anthrax toxin with killed anthrax spores has been tested successfully in animals, according to a report in the February issue of Infection and Immunity. The report suggests that a similar vaccine for humans could be safer and more effective than the acellular vaccine now in use.

Feb 14, 2002

Feb 14, 2002

CDC says it's too soon to tell if anthrax vaccine increases risk of birth defects

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it will take several months to determine if women in the US military who received anthrax vaccine in the first trimester of pregnancy had a greater risk of bearing children with birth defects.

Feb 15, 2002

Feb 15, 2002

Wide range of smallpox research efforts cited in WHO decision to retain virus stocks

(CIDRAP News) – A report that paved the way for the World Health Organization's (WHO's) recent recommendation to keep intact the two known collections of smallpox virus cites a wide range of ongoing research on smallpox, including genome sequencing, molecular diagnostic techniques, antiviral drugs, and new vaccines.

Feb 19, 2002

Feb 19, 2002

Reports of recent anthrax cases with no direct occupational exposure now available

(CIDRAP News) – Three case reports from the recent anthrax outbreak published in the February 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrate that even patients without obvious anthrax exposure may be at risk, pointing up the need for heightened public health surveillance and increased public awareness.

Feb 25, 2002

Feb 25, 2002

CDC director to leave post March 31

(CIDRAP News) – Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1998, has announced he will leave the position March 31.

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