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BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:436

Doctors to get 3% pay rise: The Department of Health has said it will implement this week's recommendations from the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration. From April, doctors and dentists in training and consultants who remain on the old contract will receive a 3% increase in remuneration. Non-consultant career grade doctors will see an increase of 3.225%.

Pneumonic plague affects Congo: Sixty one workers in a diamond mine in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo have died of pneumonic plague, the World Health Organization reports. A team from Médecins Sans Frontières, Medair, WHO, and the republic's Ministry of Health have been in the area to assess the situation.

Agency warns over chilli dye: The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a warning to consumers not to eat products containing a banned dye, Sudan 1, which can cause cancer. It was inadvertently used in a chilli powder flavouring for Worcester sauce, which was then used in various processed foods, including pizza and cottage pie. A list of affected foods is at

German patient dies of rabies after transplantation: A patient in Germany who contracted rabies after a receiving a lung transplant has died. Two other patients are critically ill after contracting the disease through infected organs from the donor. Meanwhile three other recipients of organs (corneas and liver) from the same donor show no signs of infection. The young woman donor had contracted rabies in India, although there were no signs of infection at the time of the transplantations.

Doctors are offered specialist training in sports injuries: The Department of Health in England has announced plans for a specialist three year training course for doctors in sports and exercise injuries, backed by the Royal College of Surgeons. Further details are available from paul.loveland{at}

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