Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 80 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Mar-2003
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March 20 Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) multi-country outbreak
Highly specialized testing of specimens from patients ill with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) continues at top speed in top labs, expedited by electronic sharing of results. WHO is increasingly optimistic that conclusive identification of the causative agent can be announced soon. The development of a precise diagnostic test could follow quickly.  more

WHO releases new tool to boost access to quality medicines and detect counterfeits
To improve the quality and efficacy of medicines, facilitate control of counterfeit and substandard drugs and address problems of drug resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) today releases a new edition of the International Pharmacopoeia (IntPh). more


First revised guidelines since 1994 on tuberculosis
The American Thoracic Society (ATS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Infectious Diseases Society of American (IDSA) announce the release of the first completely revised guidelines since 1994 for the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis (TB). more

Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2003
Rabies is a fatal viral zoonosis and a serious public health problem (1). The purpose of this compendium is to provide information to veterinarians, public health officials, and others concerned with rabies prevention and control. These recommendations serve as the basis for animal rabies-control programs throughout the United States and facilitate standardization of procedures among jurisdictions, thereby contributing to an effective national rabies-control program. This document is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. Parenteral vaccination procedure recommendations are contained in Part I; Part II details the principles of rabies control; all animal rabies vaccines licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and marketed in the United States are listed in Part III.  more

Information for patients (and pets): Rabies questions and answers
There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies. First, visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs. Second, maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision. Third, spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly. Lastly, call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.  more

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