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Hurricane Floyd Battered Health Services

Storm's damage lasted well past the day it hit

Longer Anthrax Treatment May Be Needed

Study says antibiotic course could run up to 4 months

Terror Alerts

Confirm news sources

West Nile Virus on the March

It's showing up in more states this year, officials report

First Test for West Nile Virus

Fast results, earlier diagnosis

Military Smallpox Vaccine Program Deemed Safe

Side effects from 450,000 vaccinations lower than expected

Nerve Agent Treatment Approved for Children

Also counters insecticide poisoning

Study Faults WHO Guidelines on SARS

Says doctors should watch for earlier symptoms

Odors Conjure Up Awful 9/11 Memories

Scientists hope to use the nose to recover from trauma

U.S. Tries to Curb Monkeypox on Several Fronts

Health officials recommend smallpox shots, ban imports of African rodents

Gun in Home Hikes Gunshot Death Probability

Study confirms what many people already believe

Life 'Surreal' for Nurse Under SARS Quarantine

Must be isolated even from closest colleagues

SARS Update: May 23, 2003

- WHO lifts travel warning for Hong Kong and Guangdong province
- Taiwan remains SARS hot zone
- Toronto reports 4 new possible cases
- Civet cat may be source of SARS

SARS Theory Not Universally Accepted

Researchers suggest virus could have come from outer space

Chemical Warfare's Lingering Legacy

Many Iranians still struggle with mustard gas injuries

Tornado Aftermath a Whirlwind of Danger

Almost half the injuries occur during cleanup, so here are tips for prevention

SARS Roundup: May 10, 2003

- WHO casts doubt on China's containment of disease
- Taiwan may be losing control of its outbreak
- U.S. warns Internet sites on bogus SARS remedies

Kids Who Lost Parent in 9/11 Attacks Still Suffer

Among young children, separation anxiety and withdrawal was common, study finds

SARS Roundup: May 9, 2003

- No major mutations in SARS virus
- 80,000 students OK'd for travel to Beijing
- Beijing unable to trace 60 percent of its cases
- Economic damage in Asia could total $28 billion

U.S. Denies Changing Smallpox Vaccine Policy

Refutes news report on 'about-face' for health, emergency workers

Pesticide Poisoning Raises Food Safety Concerns

Market-level malice hard to stop, experts admit

SARS Roundup: May 8, 2003

- WHO revises estimate of SARS death rate as fatalities top 500
- Travel advisories issued for Taiwan and 2 more Chinese provinces
- Russia reports first probable case
- China tries to minimize disease's economic impact

Gene Mutation Makes Mosquitoes Resistant to Insecticides

French researchers say finding could help combat malaria, West Nile virus

SARS Roundup: May 7, 2003

- SARS deadlier than previously thought, new study says
- U.S. approves use of force to detain some international travelers
- China's rural health system not prepared to cope with epidemic
- U.S. offers more assistance to China

Bioterror Measures Aim to Keep Food Safe

FDA to force companies to keep logs and may seize suspect items

Blood Donation Surge After 9/11 Waned Fast

Study finds first-time donors couldn't keep the giving spirit

SARS Roundup: May 6, 2003

- SARS serum seems effective
- WHO official says disease can be contained and eliminated
- U.S. lifts travel advisories to Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam - More mass quarantines in China
- UC, Berkeley bars Asian students

Dangerous Memory Lapse for Smallpox Vaccinees

Study finds inadequate recall of skin conditions

SARS Roundup: May 5, 2003

- Chinese villagers protest, riot
- Access to Beijing reservoirs blocked
- Virus may be more resilient than thought
- WHO watching Taiwan

SARS Roundup: May 4, 2003

- Feces can spread SARS virus
- Disinfectants can kill the germ
- Beijing to keep schools closed
- WHO experts to visit Taiwan
- Women's soccer championships moved from China
- U.S., Britain given clean bill of health

SARS Roundup: May 3, 2003

- WHO experts to visit Taiwan
- Beijing says outbreak stabilizing
- Women's soccer championship moved from China
- U.S., Britain given clean bill of health

SARS Roundup: May 2, 2003

- WHO delayed global SARS alert, newspaper says
- Virus is mutating quickly
- Epidemic may be nearing peak in Beijing
- Many Americans believe U.S. will suffer its own epidemic

SARS Roundup: May 1, 2003

- U.S. girds for possible SARS spike
- China death toll mounts
- Virus limits May Day celebrations in Beijing
- Toronto offers valuable lessons in dealing with outbreak
- SARS genetic pattern authenticated by experts

Anthrax Genome Sequenced

Researchers say the bacterium a close relative of soil bacterium

SARS Roundup: April 30, 2003

- Beijing hospitals overwhelmed
- People suffer relapses in Hong Kong
- U.S. pushes development of vaccines and drugs
- Toronto hosts international SARS conference

SARS Roundup: April 29, 2003

- WHO lifts travel advisory for Toronto
- China warns SARS will be complex, recurrent epidemic
- Southeast Asian leaders hold SARS summit
- Researchers look at eyes as infection route
- Children less affected by SARS

SARS Roundup: April 28, 2003

- Disease contained in some places, but not China
- Quarantines, travel bans proving effective
- Chinese economy hard hit
- Toronto gets a foothold
- Experts warn against U.S. complacency

SARS Roundup: April 27, 2003

    China closes theaters as death toll climbs
    WHO may reconsider Toronto travel ban
    Two possible cases from Toronto monitored in U.S.
    China's health minister fired
    Cruise ship lines issue SARS ban
    Virus test inconclusive

SARS Roundup: April 26, 2003

    Two possible cases from Toronto tested in U.S.
    China's health minister fired
    Cruise ship lines issue SARS ban
    Virus test inconclusive

SARS Roundup: April 25, 2003

China introduces tougher measures to control disease's spread

SARS Roundup: April 24, 2003

Disease may be more deadly than previously thought

U.S. Revises 'Probable' SARS Estimates Downward

Of 208 suspected cases, only 35 fit the case definition, CDC says

Home Evacuation Guide

What to do if you have to leave your home

Coronavirus Causes SARS, Studies Say

Experts conclude they're dealing with a new bug

Face Masks of Questionable Value Against SARS

Experts don't think respiratory illness is spread through casual contact

SARS Cases Rise to 85 in United States

Health experts advise against nonessential travel to hard-hit areas of Asia

U.S. SARS Cases: An Emerging Picture

Health officials reveal little about the 51 suspected cases in 21 states

Real-Time War Can Create Homefront Guilt

It's OK not to obsessively watch the TV coverage, experts say

Second Heart Death Tied to Smallpox Vaccine

CDC also reports 10 cases of heart inflammation in military

More May Be at Risk from Smallpox Inoculations

Study: Half of hospital patients could get secondary infections