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Nov 06, 2001

Nov 06, 2001

D. A. Henderson to direct new Office of Public Health Preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – Donald A. Henderson, MD, public health expert and director of the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, has been appointed to coordinate the national response to public health emergencies. Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), named Henderson last week as director of the newly created Office of Public Health Preparedness.

Nov 27, 2001

Nov 27, 2001

CDC smallpox plan favors focused vaccination program over mass campaign

(CIDRAP News) – If smallpox reappears in the United States, health authorities will strive to trace and vaccinate everyone who has had contact with infected or exposed persons but probably will not mount any mass vaccination campaigns, according to a draft plan released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dec 05, 2001

Dec 05, 2001

Quarantine not likely to be best tool for halting bioterrorism-related disease, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – Large-scale quarantine of potentially exposed people is not likely to be the optimal strategy for containing a disease outbreak resulting from bioterrorism in most circumstances, according to public health experts writing in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dec 10, 2001

Dec 10, 2001

HHS announces new bioterrorism research initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced seven new research grant programs to speed efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases related to bioterrorism.

Jan 28, 2002

Jan 28, 2002

HHS to release $200 million in bioterrorism preparedness funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon release about 20% of the $1 billion in bioterrorism preparedness funding that is slated to go to states this year, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Jan 25.

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.

May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

Food supply's vulnerability to attack deserves more discussion, Osterholm says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' food supply makes an attractive target for terrorists, and people in the food industry need to talk more frankly about the risks, bioterrorism expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said in a Minneapolis speech yesterday.

Jun 11, 2002

Jun 11, 2002

Nearly 60% of public would want smallpox vaccination if available

(CIDRAP News) – Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a recent nationwide poll said they would get vaccinated against smallpox if they could, despite the risk of adverse reactions and the decades-old absence of the disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jul 10, 2002

Jul 10, 2002

Scope of smallpox vaccination program not yet decided, HHS officials say

(CIDRAP News) – Though two top federal health officials recently were quoted as saying that half a million healthcare workers may be vaccinated against smallpox, the official word from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is that the scope of the vaccination program has not yet been decided.

Jul 17, 2002

Jul 17, 2002

Homeland security strategy report calls for numerous biodefense initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released this week, lays out a lengthy agenda for defending the country against bioterrorism as well as other kinds of terrorist attacks.

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