Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 363 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Dec-2003
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Suspected SARS case in southern China
On Friday 26 December, the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH) informed the World Health Organization office in Beijing of a suspected case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in a hospital in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province. The MOH diagnosed the case as suspected SARS after reviews by a joint panel composed of experts from the MOH and Guangdong.  more

A practical guide for SARS laboratories: from sample collection to shipment
SARS specimens should be handled according to appropriate Biosafety practices in order to avoid laboratory-related infections and spread of disease to close contacts. As the primary route of infection is thought to be via droplets, extreme caution must be exercised to eliminate the unguarded production of aerosols.  more


Practical guidelines for infection control in health care facilities
In order to support countries to deal with SARS and to prevent further spread of infection, the WHO Regional Offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific have jointly prepared these guidelines. The guidelines address all aspects of an infection control programme and devote considerable attention to SARS. Since information on SARS is still evolving, these are interim guidelines. They may need to be updated as and when more specific information becomes available. WHO would greatly appreciate feedback from those who use these guidelines.  more

On the morning of 25 December, the BSE world reference lab in Weybridge, England, confirmed USDA 23 December preliminary diagnosis of BSE in a single nonambulatory dairy cow that had been slaughtered on December 9 at Vern's Moses Lake Meats in Washington State.  more

Technical Briefing and Webcast with U.S. Government Officials on BSE Case Sunday, 28 December 2003
Welcome everyone to today's BSE situation update. Today we're going to have a statement from Dr. Ron DeHaven, our chief veterinary officer for USDA. We'll have a statement after that by Dr. Ken Petersen with the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Also on the line today is Dr. Stephen Sundlof with the Food and Drug Administration. He will be available in case there's any questions regarding the feed investigation.  more

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