Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 93 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Apr-2003
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Information for patients: Household contacts brochure - "Somebody in your household just got vaccinated against smallpox: what should you do?"
Information pamphlet that briefly addresses the common concerns household/family members of people vaccinated against smallpox. Inside the pamphlet, you will find good information about what a successful vaccination looks like, the importance of hygiene to prevent spreading the vaccinia virus in the household, bathing, laundering, exercising, intimate relations and careful behavior around children and others.  more

Smallpox vaccine pets brochure
The smallpox vaccine does not contain smallpox virus, but it does contain a live virus called vaccinia. If you receive a smallpox vaccination, you can spread the virus from your vaccination site until the scab falls off - usually in about three weeks. Until that time, you need to take precautions to avoid infecting yourself (such as your eyes or mouth) or others who come in close or intimate contact with you. Some pets and other animals may also be susceptible to the vaccinia virus; a few simple precautions will help prevent spreading the virus to them as well. more


China deepens its collaboration to contain SARS, WHO revises its advice to international travelers as new data arrive
Chinese authorities have today announced updated figures for the number of cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and deaths in Guangdong Province. The figures, which cover the reporting period of 1 March to 31 March, are 361 new SARS cases and 9 deaths.  more

New imaging method may lower risks for abdominal aortic aneurysms
Results of a study by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering could have implications for choosing which patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms should have surgery and which ones should simply have follow-up with noninvasive studies. more

Study finds drug can cut chance of a heart attack by more than a third
Results from the ASCOT (Anglo Scandinavian Cardiac Outcome Trial) study have shown that patients receiving the cholesterol controlling drug, atorvastatin, are more than a third less likely to have heart attacks, and more than a quarter less likely to suffer from strokes.  more

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