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News Summary For March 2016

During the month of March 2016, there were a total of 243 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• The CDC unveiled new guidelines and a checklist regarding infection prevention practices in dental settings
• The Zika virus remained in the news. 1 in 3 Americans mistakenly believe Zika is spread by coughing. A genetic study points to a 2013 Zika arrival during a Brazilian travel surge. The CDC reported 116 Cases of Zika in US residents in the first 2 months of the year. A new Zika lab test got emergency approval from the FDA.
• TB cases increased in the US for first time in 23 years
• World TB Day was observed
• Flu continued a late-season surge and claimed more children
• The FDA proposed a ban on most powdered medical gloves
• The CDC noted both progress and a threat regarding hospital superbugs

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• Doctors reported groundbreaking HIV-to-HIV organ transplants
• Research indicated that the resurgence of measles and pertussis was fueled by vaccine refusals
• MERS remained in the news
• An experimental dengue vaccine was found to protect all recipients in a virus challenge study
• Research found that seniors often bring drug-resistant germs to rehab centers
• An annual report to the nation said that cancer death rates continue to decline
• A Colorado hospital was sued over patient exposure to disease from an ex-surgical tech
• FDA advisers picked the 2016-17 influenza vaccine strains

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