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News item: Health officials have announced two new hantavirus victims, bringing the total number of people who contracted the deadly airborne disease at Yosemite National Park to six. The disease has killed two people since July, prompting park officials this week to close 91 tent cabins. They've also scrambled to send health advisory emails to thousands of campers who visited the cabins this summer. Read more at ABCNews  ANALYSIS by Dr. Don Donahue, Director, Firestorm Healthcare Response Team Hantavirus: 4 Steps to Control and Prevention Hantavirus first appeared in the United States in 1993, when a series of patients presented with mysterious illnesses and an unusually high case fatality rate—approaching 80%—in the Four Corners region of the United States, which includes the common boundary of the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah and the autonomous Navaho natio...
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The debate over parallel H5N1 studies   Health Matters #1  HEADLINE:  Dutch Government OKs publication of Bird Flu study SUMMARY:  The Dutch government is allowing a Dutch scientist's paper on a mutant version of the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus to be published in the journal Science. Initially, U.S. experts opposed publication of the studies over fears that the information could be used by terrorists to unleash a deadly flu epidemic. #2  HEADLINE:  Extended H5N1 Moratorium? SUMMARY:  A US science official recommends extending the moratorium on bird flu studies as well as other types of risky research. The extension was intended to allow experts around the world to address the biosecurity concerns about the research, as well as to convey to the public the nature and importance of the studies before publication.  ANALYSIS:  –Dr...
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