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News Summary for February 2011

During the month of February 2011, there were a total of 275 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The US is faced with a potential measles outbreak due to an infected traveler, and is working to prevent it
  • US flu activity edged higher
  • Bloodborne pathogen exposure topped AOHP's list of healthcare worker concerns
  • The CDC announced that more than 21,000 people had whooping cough in 2010
  • ACIP urged pertussis vaccination for healthcare workers
  • APIC called for mandatory annual influenza immunization for healthcare workers
  • The FDI appointed a new Executive Director
  • HHS announced a new strategic plan to advance vaccine and immunization science and policy
  • The Dayton VA Medical Center announced that it would offer free testing to more than 500 veterans citing potential lapses in dental infection control procedures

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Egypt reported 3 H5N1 infections, 1 fatal. There was a similar situation in Cambodia.
  • Researchers identified a new bacteria that is implicated in the mouths of children with severe early childhood caries
  • The FDA issued a warning letter to dental adhesive manufacturers
  • The FDA's vaccine advisory group voted to follow the WHO and keep the current 3 strains in the 2011-2012 seasonal flu vaccine
  • A University of Pennsylvania study concluded that up to 70% of healthcare acquired infections are preventable
  • The FDA approved a preliminary test for norovirus
  • Cell phone use was linked to changes in brain activity
  • The FDA issued a draft warning about powdered gloves
  • OSHA released a respiratory protection video
  • Global obesity rates have doubled since 1980
  • UK scientists developed a new test for mad cow disease

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