During the month of February 2014, there were a total of 201 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.
The top news areas included:
- MERS –CoV remained in the news. Camels have been linked to the spread of MERS virus in people. It may have been in Saudi camels 22 years ago.
- H7N9 remained in the news. The number of deaths in China related to this influenza continued to climb. Malaysia reported the first H7N9 case outside of China.
- This flu season has hit working-age US adults the hardest. The ‘swine flu’ strain has returned. Flu has been hanging on in some states, but has declined overall.
- The US unveiled a plan to boost global health security
- WHO estimated that measles global deaths have declined by 78%
- ACIP released recommendations for updated immunization schedules
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
- Food labels are to get the first makeover in 20 years with a new emphasis on calories and sugar
- According to a new study, stethoscopes are potential microbe carriers
- One in five US health facilities does not put hand sanitizer everywhere where it is needed
- A puzzling polio-like illness was reported in California
- Youth born with HIV may have a higher heart disease risk
- More measles cases were reported in California
- Chairside screenings for chronic diseases could save the US healthcare system millions
- WHO is keeping the same strains for next season's flu vaccine
- The Preventive Services Task Force has proposed hepatitis B screening for all high-risk adults
- The outbreak of a rare bacteria in an outpatient cancer clinic was tied to a lapse in infection-control procedures
- A national saline shortage has caused the postponement of some oral surgery procedures
- The CDC said that West Nile Virus has cost the US nearly $800 million
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