• Arizona Governor Releases Funds to Combat Whooping Cough Outbreak
    PHOENIX -- Gov. Janet Napolitano announced she is providing $500,000 in emergency health crisis funds to combat a statewide outbreak of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The Arizona Department of Health Services sought the funds because of a significant increase ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Working to Trace Source of Foodborne Illness in Florida
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is initiating an investigation to determine the source of several clusters of a gastrointestinal illness known as cyclosporiasis that is associated with fresh basil served in Florida during mid-March through mid-April. Known as a ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Measles Elimination in the Western Pacific Region
    BEIJING and MANILA, Philippines -- Measles: normal childhood illness or killer disease?  Actually, it is both but it could soon be neither.  Measles has already been eliminated in the WHO Region of the Americas.  The challenge is for the rest of the world to ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Goals for TB Control Reachable for Most of World
    International goals for reducing the number of tuberculosis cases and deaths to a certain number by the year 2015 can be achieved, but African and Eastern European countries could pose the greatest challenges, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Chest X-Rays Not Effective in Determining When TB Acquired
    There is little correlation between the appearance of tuberculosis on chest X-rays and how recently the disease was acquired, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Co-author Neil W. Schluger, MD, of Columbia University, New York, ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Treatment Helps in Preventing TB Among Those at High Risk
    The drug isoniazid reduced the incidence of tuberculosis among HIV-infected miners in South Africa, a population at high risk of TB, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Lead author Alison D. Grant, MBBS, PhD, of the London School ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Multi-drug Resistant TB Persists in California
    Despite significant advances in reducing the number of cases of tuberculosis in California, the proportion of multi-drug resistant cases has not decreased but remains steady, according to a study in the June 8 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on tuberculosis. Lead author Reuben ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Watch and Wait: A Shift in Approach to Kids' Ear Infections
    The most frequent reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics to young children is for an ear infection (acute otitis media). With increased concerns about high rates of antibiotic use and resistance, recent guidelines suggest consideration of "watchful waiting" for some ear ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Supports Whooping Cough Booster Shot for Adolescents
    Despite childhood vaccination rates at all-time highs, pertussis (whooping cough) has re-emerged over the past two decades, especially among adolescents, adults, and young infants. Because of this resurgence, federal health policymakers are considering a national booster ...More
    June 6, 2005 Posted in News
  • New NIAID Grants Strengthen National Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Network
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced four-year grants totaling approximately $80 million for two new Regional Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases ...More
    June 3, 2005 Posted in News