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News Summary For April 2017

During the month of April 2017, there were a total of 139 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

·       WHO said that viral hepatitis deaths are increasing. New hepatitis data highlights the need for an urgent  global response.

·       World Malaria Day was observed. Returning travelers cause a sizable malaria burden in the US.  

·       Zika virus remained in the news. A high level of heart defects has been found in Zika-affected babies. CDC has issued Interim Guidance for Managing Occupational Exposures to Zika Virus for Healthcare Personnel. The first live- attenuated vaccine candidate completely protects against Zika infection. Zika birth defects have been noted in 1 in 10 infected US pregnant women. 

·       US preparedness index finds sluggish and uneven progress

·       A South Carolina study found that safety checklists reduce post-surgical deaths

·       Research found that the influenza vaccine halves the risk of death from influenza in children. Most children who died of influenza were not vaccinated.

·       Mumps cases have surged in the US

·       A measles outbreak is surging in Italy

·       World Immunization Week was observed

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

·       Research found that resistant gram-negative bacteria are common in nursing homes

·       Six Brazilian states reported yellow fever cases

·       US yellow fever vaccine supply will be gone by this summer, but CDC has a plan

·       New CDC guidelines on flu pandemic measures reflect 2009 lessons

·       European studies have noted a high impact and spread of C. difficile

·       Salmonella and Campylobacter topped the list of US foodborne culprits in 2016

·       CDC has noted Shigella strains with reduced susceptibility

·       California’s child vaccination rate has climbed following new law 

·       Ten Saudi MERS cases were linked to a hospital outbreak

·       Maternal pertussis vaccination reduces risk for newborns by more than 90 percent


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