Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 184 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-July-2003
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CDC confirms presence of monkeypox virus in rodents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of monkeypox virus in one Gambian giant rat, three dormice, and two rope squirrels. The animals were part of a shipment of African rodents imported to the United States on April 9, 2003. This shipment is believed to be the source of the current U.S. outbreak of monkeypox.  more

Interim guidance to state and local governments for the removal of state and locally imposed quarantine orders and the euthanasia of animals affected by the monkeypox outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working closely with several state and local health departments and other partners to investigate cases of monkeypox virus infections among persons who had direct or close contact with ill prairie dogs. Exposures of interest to these ill animals occurred after April 15, 2003. more


Medication and psychotherapy treat depression in low-income minority women
Treatment with medication or psychotherapy reduced depressive symptoms in women from minority populations, according to research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  more

Toronto removed from list of areas with recent local transmission
WHO has today removed Toronto, Canada, from its list of areas with recent local transmission of SARS. The last probable case was detected on 12 June and immediately isolated.  more

Ex-Soviet government policies said to fuel HIV spread
Eastern European and formerly Soviet countries are contributing to the spread of HIV in their region, which is home to the world's fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, by espousing policies that lead to violations of the human rights of drug users, prostitutes and others, the Open Society Institute and HIV/AIDS and human rights experts from seven countries said yesterday. more

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