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Jul 23, 2004

Jul 23, 2004

Avian flu suspected in two Thai children

(CIDRAP News) – Two children in Thailand are being tested for possible avian influenza infections, which could be the first human cases since the disease resurged in recent weeks, according to news service reports today.

The cases involve a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, both in the northern province of Nong Khai near the Laotian border, according to a Reuters report.

Jul 23, 2004

Jul 23, 2004

Tomatoes called likely source in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Tomatoes are the likely source of contamination in a Salmonella outbreak that now involves 289 cases in five states, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today.

The investigation "is focusing on certain pre-sliced tomatoes as the likely source of Salmonellosis in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia," the FDA stated in a news release.

Jul 22, 2004

Jul 22, 2004

Salmonella outbreak in East reaches 180 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella infections apparently linked with the Sheetz Gas Station chain in Pennsylvania and neighboring states has grown to include at least 180 cases, but the food source of contamination remained a mystery today.

Jul 22, 2004

Another UK patient might have caught vCJD from blood

(CIDRAP News) – A second possible case of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) via blood transfusion has been reported in the United Kingdom, triggering new restrictions on who can give blood.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Scientists worry that Rift Valley fever could reach US

(CIDRAP News) – Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne disease that can kill humans and animals, is starting to grab the attention of American scientists because it could cause devastating outbreaks in the United States.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Bush signs BioShield legislation

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush today signed the bill establishing Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program to speed the development of drugs and vaccines to combat the effects of biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological agents.

Jul 20, 2004

Jul 20, 2004

Suspected human case of avian flu reported in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – A woman in Thailand, where avian influenza has resurfaced in the past month, may have the first human case of the illness since the outbreaks earlier in the year, a Bangkok newspaper reported today.

Jul 19, 2004

Jul 19, 2004

Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Salmonella was found in Roma tomatoes from a convenience store chain suspected as the source of an outbreak of salmonellosis in three states, Pennsylvania health officials announced today.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported Jul 16 that 57 cases of salmonellosis may be linked with food bought at deli counters in Sheetz Gas Station stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia between Jul 2 and Jul 9.

Jul 16, 2004

Jul 16, 2004

House sends BioShield bill to Bush

(CIDRAP News) – The US House this week overwhelmingly approved the "BioShield" bill to guarantee a market for antidotes to biological and chemical weapons, thereby sending the legislation to President Bush for his promised signature.

Jul 16, 2004

NIAID expands trial of West Nile treatment

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