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About 60 percent don't get flu shot, but it is not too late

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The flu is back and with a vengeance, but the estimated 60 percent who haven't received a flu shot can still get one, a U.S. expert says.

Superbug infections up in S. California

LOS ANGELES, March 25 (UPI) -- Medical authorities in Southern California say an antibiotic-resistant superbug once thought to be rare is spreading through healthcare facilities there.

U.S. officials downplay swine flu outbreak

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Top officials in the U.S. administration said Sunday the ongoing swine flu outbreak is likely not as serious as initial estimates predicted.
Swine flu concerns close schools

Swine flu concerns close schools

ATLANTA, April 29 (UPI) -- The number of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases rose to 91, with one death, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported at midday Wednesday.

CDC: Practice good respiratory etiquette

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- A federal health official said good respiratory etiquette is an effective way to prevent the spread of swine flu.

U.S. swine flu detected via pandemic test

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- The first case of U.S. swine flu was identified in San Diego as part of a study of pandemic preparedness, a federal health official said.
DHS declares swine flu emergency

DHS declares swine flu emergency

WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Sunday it has declared a public health emergency in a bid to stop the spread of a swine flu virus.

WHO: Swine flu has pandemic potential

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 25 (UPI) -- A swine flu virus that has killed at least 68 people in Mexico has the potential to become a pandemic, international health officials said Saturday.

Study: Antibiotic use in kids down

ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A study found that doctors are giving fewer antibiotics to U.S. children than they did in the mid-1990s, reversing a 20-year trend. For years, public health officials have warned that the rise in antibiotic prescriptions are increasing levels of antibioti
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Richard Besser
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Richard E. Besser, MD, (born 1959) is an ABC News Medical editor and formerly the acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Besser received his BA from Williams College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Besser completed a residency and a chief residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

In 1991, Besser joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service which is under the supervision of the CDC. He was sent to Boston to investigate a minor outbreak of E. coli there. Officials were unhappy at the length and cost of the investigation, which included collecting deer feces from apple orchards, but Besser eventually found the source of the outbreak, which was apple cider.

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