Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 149 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-May-2003
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Are you ready? A guide to citizen preparedness
Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters. As the most comprehensive guide to personal emergency preparedness published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Are You Ready? will help individuals prepare themselves and their families for disasters.  more

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Information for parents: How to prepare emergency dosages of doxycycline at home for infants and children (From the U.S. FDA)
The antibiotic doxycycline is used to treat anthrax and several other types of infections. Doxycycline is not generally given to children under eight years old because it can permanently discolor teeth and cause problems with tooth enamel. It may also cause delays in bone development in premature babies if taken for a long time. Bone development seems to return to normal when the medicine is stopped. more

 


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Information for clinicians: Common causes of foodborne disease
Lessons learned from outbreak investigations that involved biologic agents with potential for bioterrorism are described. In addition, the article reviews investigations in which intentional contamination was considered as a potential cause of the outbreak.  more

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Planning against biological terrorism: Lessons from outbreak investigations
Lessons learned from outbreak investigations that involved biologic agents with potential for bioterrorism are described. In addition, the article reviews investigations in which intentional contamination was considered as a potential cause of the outbreak. more

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Summary on the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) - LRN current capacity
The Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism (LRN) is a multi-level system designed to link state and local public health laboratories with advanced capacity clinical, military, veterinary, agricultural, water and food-testing laboratories. Operational in August of 1999, the LRN was established as a consequence of Presidential Decision Directive 39 and the recognition that the existing national infrastructure of diagnostic testing laboratories competent to deal with biological or chemical terrorism agents was extremely limited.  more

 
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