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News Summary For May 2016

During the month of May 2016, there were a total of 202 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:


• Zika virus remained in the news. WHO noted Zika funding gaps and rejected calls to relocate the Olympic Games. The CDC said that thousands may have arrived in US with Zika. The CDC is monitoring nearly 300 pregnant women with Zika in US states and territories. The Brazilian type Zika virus was confirmed in Africa for first time. WHO warned that the Zika virus may spread to Europe in coming months.
• The highly resistant MCR-1 Superbug was diagnosed in a US patient for the first time. The CDC stated that there will likely be more such cases.
• Transmission of blood-borne pathogens in US dental health care settings: 2016 Update was published in JADA
• The WHA approved a new WHO health emergencies program
• A UK group has called for $40 billion to tackle antibiotic resistance
• WHO has recommended a new test and treatment plan for Superbug strains of TB

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• NQF and CDC issued guidance to help hospitals better manage the use of antibiotics
• WHO says that yellow fever is a 'serious concern,' but not an emergency
• HIV Vaccine Awareness Day was observed
• The White House launched a microbiome research project
• The FDA issued a safety warning on fluoroquinolone antibiotics
• Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day was observed
• Household MRSA contamination may fuel repeat infections
• CDC launched the Clean Hands Count campaign
• The CDC said that hepatitis C-related deaths in the US have hit a record high
• The number of HIV infections are falling in the US, but fail to meet reduction goals
• Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US 

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