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News Summary for May 2015

During the month of May 2015, there were a total of 258 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The World Health Assembly addressed antimicrobial resistance, immunization gaps and malnutrition
  • HIV treatment should start at diagnosis, US health officials concluded
  • WHO released an international antibiotic resistance plan
  • The EPA postponed its amalgam separator rule
  • OSHA and NIOSH released a new toolkit to better protect hospital workers from transmissible diseases
  • A big increase in hepatitis C across central Appalachia has accompanied an  epidemic of injection drug use
  • ADA applauded the USPHS final recommendation on the optimal fluoride level in drinking water
  • The FDA is seeking more data on the safety of hospital hand cleaners 

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A South Korean MERS cluster grew. Saudi MERS cases exceeded 1,000
  • NIEHS announced a public comment period on a report regarding the impacts of climate change on human health
  • High rates of MRSA transmission have been found between nursing home residents and healthcare workers
  • A European panel updated the information regarding amalgam science
  • Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa flocks were hit with avian flu
  • A New Jersey traveler died from Lassa fever
  • West Africa's health systems need rebuilding post-Ebola concluded WHO  
  • To fight superbugs, the FDA is seeking detailed data on animal antimicrobials
  • The UN called for a renewed global commitment to develop an effective HIV vaccine
  • The FDA published draft rules allowing gay men to give blood
  • A drug-resistant 'superbug' strain of typhoid is spreading worldwide
  • WHO issued best practices for naming new human infectious diseases
  • Noroviruses can spread by air

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