Uptick in MERS cases in Saudi Arabia has health officials worried

Uptick in MERS cases in Saudi Arabia has health officials worried

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 22 (UPI) -- An increase in reported cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has health officials worried that the coronavirus is evolving.
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SARS-like virus kills two in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 6 (UPI) -- The deaths of a 62-year-old woman and a 71-year-old man heightened worries in Saudi Arabia and abroad the SARS-like virus may be escalating, officials say.

Better flu vaccines needed but costly

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- There is a growing consensus within the public health community that better influenza vaccines are needed, a U.S. expert says.

Illness investigators review tomato theory

ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators said they're rethinking the premise fresh, unprocessed tomatoes caused the salmonella outbreak, sickening consumers nationwide.

New database for public health planners

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and the Pew Center on the States released an influenza pandemic database.

U.S. considers massive bird flu response

WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- A multi-agency plan to combat a potential bird flu outbreak in the United States is being finalized and may be signed by President George Bush this week.

Planning urged for bird-flu pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Epidemiologists are urging immediate global planning for a bird flu pandemic, World Health Organization officials said Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Proposals want $2B for bioterror plans

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Legislative and academic proposals put before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday would devote almost $2 billion to improving U.S. capabilities to respond to a biolog

Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a prominent public health scientist and a nationally-recognized biosecurity expert in the United States. Osterholm currently holds appointments as the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, as well as a professor in the School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

From 1975 to 1999, Osterholm served in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including as state epidemiologist and Chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section from 1984 to 1999. While at the MDH, Osterholm strengthened the departments role in infectious disease epidemiology, notably including numerous foodborne disease outbreaks, the association between tampons and toxic shock syndrome (TSS), and the transmission of hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in healthcare workers. Other work included studies regarding the epidemiology of infectious diseases in child-care settings, vaccine-preventable diseases (particularly Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B), Lyme disease, and other emerging and re-emerging infections.

From 2001 through early 2005, Osterholm, in addition to his role at CIDRAP, served as a Special Advisor to then–HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. In April 2002, Osterholm was appointed to the interim management team to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), until the eventual appointment of Julie Gerberding as director.

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