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News Summary For January 2016

During the month of January 2016, there were a total of 232 links to news items posted on Daily Updates. 

The top news areas included:


Zika Virus Disease was in the news. There was an expanding list of affected countries. The CDC warned pregnant women to avoid 14 countries in the Americas.
MERS remained in the news. The UN health agency urged vigilance in South-East Asia after a new case of MERS was confirmed in Thailand.
The CDC announced in its flu update that H1N1 viruses predominate

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:


The White House announced the Cancer Moonshot Task Force
A study found that C. difficile infections increase patient costs by 40 percent
Britain and Bill Gates pledged 3 billion pounds to fight malaria
WHO issued Ebola survivor guidance as cases showed virus persistence
Researchers found that HPV raises head cancer risk sevenfold
The ACP and CDC issued recommendations regarding antibiotic use for respiratory conditions
Ticks carrying Lyme disease are in almost half of US counties
A higher nasal carriage rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was reported among dental students involved in clinical activity
The US has deployed a new bird flu plan to protect humans and poultry  
CMS launched a 3-year pilot project to improve infection control assessment for hospitals
Guinea was finally declared Ebola-free, but that does not mean the crisis is over


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