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Cases of Hepatitis B Linked to Infected Surgeon

Fri Jul 12, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One surgeon with hepatitis B may have infected up to 28 of his patients with the virus, Dutch researchers report.

Researchers realized that the doctor was infecting his patients after diagnosing hepatitis B virus in one patient with no risk factors other than having received an operation, and after finding the virus in two other patients treated at the same hospital. All of the patients had been operated on by the infected surgeon.

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Feds Prepare for Smallpox Quarantine

By LAURA MECKLER

Associated Press Writer

July 8, 2002, 6:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are quietly making plans for quarantining Americans who might be exposed to a highly contagious smallpox patient, addressing sensitive questions of how to hold people, possibly against their will, in case of a bioterror attack.

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Minn. Clinic Warns of Faulty Vaccine

Wed Jul 10, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Freezing temperatures may have ruined thousands of doses of vaccines, meaning patients may need new injections, but the clinic that gave the shots said no one was in danger.

About 3,400 people, half of them children, received the questionable vaccines from Park Nicollet Clinic in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. The vaccines included polio  booster shots, hepatitis A and B shots and Prevnar, a vaccine for infants and toddlers.

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Experts Urge Mass Vaccination for Smallpox Attack

Mon Jul 8, 2002

By Maggie Fox

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mass vaccination would save thousands more lives in a smallpox attack than the current limited strategy that has been recommended to the US government, experts said on Sunday.

In a study criticizing the limited vaccination plan, they recommended federal officials be ready to vaccinate millions of people.

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Congressman Calls for Criminal Penalties at Vaccine Mercury Hearings

By Valeria Williams / WFAA-TV

A United States congressman is calling for criminal penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of Thimerosal in vaccines, and did nothing to protect American children.

WFFA research showed that the FDA began asking questions about the dangers of Thimerosal back in 1972. By 1992, the preservative had been pulled out of dog vaccines and contact lens solutions because of the risks.

However, it remained in vaccines for children until last year.

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Congressman Calls for Criminal Penalties at Vaccine Mercury Hearings

By Valeria Williams / WFAA-TV

A United States congressman is calling for criminal penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of Thimerosal in vaccines, and did nothing to protect American children.

WFFA research showed that the FDA began asking questions about the dangers of Thimerosal back in 1972. By 1992, the preservative had been pulled out of dog vaccines and contact lens solutions because of the risks.

However, it remained in vaccines for children until last year.

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500,000 Could Get Smallpox Vaccine

Mon Jul 8,10:18 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are preparing to endorse smallpox vaccinations for hundreds of thousands of emergency personnel and health care workers, going well beyond the limited immunizations recommended by an advisory committee, officials said Monday.

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Smallpox Vaccine Raises Concerns

Thu Jun 6, 2002

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The government must consider potential side effects as it develops guidelines for possible mass vaccinations against smallpox, members of the public said at a forum Thursday.

"I'm very concerned about the possible serious side effects of a vaccine," said Robin Kaigh, an attorney. She said informed consent must be a factor in anyone's agreeing to receive a vaccine — especially those still being developed and not yet licensed.

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