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News Summary For July 2012

During the month of July 2012, there were a total of 293 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks remained in the news. The CDC declared that the US is headed for the worst pertussis outbreak in 50 years. Officials said that pertussis vaccines may wear off sooner than thought.
  • Scientists hunting for an AIDS vaccine may be getting close
  • A hospital worker was charged in a New Hampshire hepatitis C outbreak
  • Thousands of patients of a Colorado oral surgeon may be at HIV, hepatitis B,C risk from the dentist's reused syringes, needles
  • The CDC updated its guidelines on hepatitis B virus-infected healthcare providers and students
  • The first rapid HIV home test received federal approval

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A novel H3N8 strain found in dead seals may pose a human threat
  • Fourteen deaths were reported in a Ugandan Ebola outbreak
  • The CDC reported more cases of H3N2v Infection and offered advice for safe fair-going
  • Scientists identified likely predictors of hepatitis C severity
  • A study linked nurse staffing and burnout to hospital infections
  • The hot, dry weather was said to heighten West Nile virus risk
  • A study found that MRSA cases in academic hospitals double in 5 years
  • World Hepatitis Day was observed
  • The airports most likely to spread infection were identified as JFK, LAX, Honolulu according to a study
  • The WHO endorsed the use of HIV medicines for prevention
  • Researchers said that severe flu increases the risk of Parkinson's Disease
  • A dental coalition called for a Surgeon General's report on the oral effects of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption
  • Flu is spreading in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The UN reported progress against HIV in poor countries
  • Healthcare workers' mobile phones were identified as a potential cause of microbial cross-contamination between hospitals and community
  • 300,000 people in the US are living with Chagas Disease
  • India will give free generic drugs to hundreds of millions of people

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