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Jul 12, 2004

Jul 12, 2004

Avian flu hits two more Thai provinces

(CIDRAP News) – Highly pathogenic avian influenza has popped up in two provinces in northern Thailand, bringing the number of recently affected provinces to four.

Avian flu has struck farms in Sukhothai and Uttaradit, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday. Last week officials reported the disease on one farm in each of two central provinces, Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani.

Jul 09, 2004

Jul 09, 2004

FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is banning cattle parts that could contain the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent from food supplements and cosmetics, but it is not yet ready to ban those parts from all feed for animals, including pets.

Jul 08, 2004

Jul 08, 2004

Jul 08, 2004

Jul 08, 2004

WHO voices new concern about avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – In the face of new outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed renewed concern about the implications of H5N1 avian influenza for human health and appealed for increased scrutiny of infections in animals and humans.

Jul 07, 2004

Jul 07, 2004

Avian flu resurfaces in China and Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – Deadly strains of avian influenza have resurfaced on one poultry farm in China and two in Thailand.

China's first outbreak of H5N1 avian flu since March was reported Jul 3 at a farm in Anhui province in the east-central part of the country, according to Xinhua, China's official news service. The national avian flu reference laboratory confirmed yesterday that the disease was due to an H5N1 virus, Xinhua said.

Jul 06, 2004

Jul 06, 2004

Ridge, Veneman mark launch of food and ag security centers

(CIDRAP News) – The launching of separate national research centers for food security and foreign animal diseases was hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis today.

Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

USDA rules out BSE in second suspected case

(CIDRAP News) – Further testing has ruled out bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the second of two cattle for which initial screening tests were inconclusive, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Jul 02, 2004

Arizona still the hot spot for West Nile

(CIDRAP News) – Arizona continues to bear most of the current burden of West Nile virus (WNV) infections, with 38 of the 57 human cases reported nationwide, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 02, 2004

Jul 02, 2004

CDC, manufacturers aim for more flu shots this year

(CIDRAP News) – More Americans are being told to seek flu vaccination and more vaccine will be available in the coming influenza season, as authorities try to improve people's odds against the persistent and sometimes deadly influenza virus.

Jul 01, 2004

Jul 01, 2004

More military personnel to get anthrax and smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – More US troops and civilian defense workers serving overseas will be getting smallpox and anthrax vaccinations in coming months, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced yesterday.

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