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  • Study Confirms Limited Human-To-Human Spread of Avian-Flu Virus in Indonesia in 2006
    SEATTLE -- In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. ...More
    August 28, 2007 Posted in News
  • Experts Issue Comprehensive Report on Need to Improve Low Influenza Vaccination Rates Among People With Diabetes
    BETHESDA, Md. -- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) today issued a new report stressing the need for increased influenza vaccination rates among Americans with diabetes. The report was issued in response to alarmingly low influenza vaccination rates ...More
    August 28, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fighting Listeria: Why Food Processors Must Beware the Resurgent Bug
    Try going for a couple of weeks without food and see what shape you’re in, or if you’re around at all by then. Let some dangerous bacteria do the same thing and there’s a chance they may do more than survive; they can grow stronger and remain as virulent as ever. The bug is ...More
    August 28, 2007 Posted in News
  • WHO Focuses on International Spread of Disease as Threat to Public Health Security
    GENEVA -- More than at any previous time in history, global public health security depends on international cooperation and the willingness of all countries to act effectively in tackling new and emerging threats. That is the clear message of this year's World health ...More
    August 24, 2007 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Boom Being Questioned
    The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that a dramatic rise in U.S. pertussis cases is now in question after officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that a routine lab test misdiagnosed cases in suspected outbreaks in New Hampshire, ...More
    August 24, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Researchers Find Possible Animal Source for Marburg Virus
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and their collaborators have for the first time successfully identified Marburg virus infection in a common species of African fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus). Marburg virus causes severe, often fatal, ...More
    August 22, 2007 Posted in News
  • Life's a Beach but Not When Bacteria Lurk in the Sand
    Early in my career I was the editor of a newspaper in a seaside San DiegoCounty community. (Rough gig, I know!) While the town was certainly something akin to paradise on earth, frequently the beach itself was a different story. Effluence was carrying fecal bacteria up from ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Beachgoers Beware: Study Reveals Sand Contains Fecal Bacteria
    By Kim Segall Microbes that result in beach closures and health advisories when detected at unsafe levels in the ocean also have been detected in the sand, according to a recent study by a team of Stanford scientists. Published in the July 1 issue of Environmental Science ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Guidelines Address Treatment of H. Pylori
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The American Journal of Gastroenterology has published medical guidelines for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, one of the most common worldwide infections and an important factor linked to the development of peptic ulcer ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Influenza Survey Uncovers Key Differences Between Bird Flu and Human Flu
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found key features that distinguish influenza viruses found in birds from those that infect humans. The St. Jude team used a mathematical technique to identify specific amino acid building blocks that are ...More
    August 20, 2007 Posted in News