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News Summary for July 2014

During the month of July 2014, there were a total of 275 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• Ebola remained in the news. The Ebola crisis prompted the CDC to warn against nonessential travel to West Africa. Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor died from the virus. The CDC urged US health workers to be vigilant as the Ebola virus’s toll grew in Africa.
• Chikungunya virus remained in the news. The US reported its first locally acquired chikungunya cases.
• The CDC announced the formation of an external laboratory safety workgroup
• MERS remained in the news
• An UNAIDS report found that 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV today do not know that they have the virus
• Researchers reported an alarming global rise in the use of antibiotics
• Decades-old smallpox samples turned up in a federal lab 

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The US Surgeon General issued a call to action to prevent skin cancer
• NIH scientists found six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s
• CDC sees little progress in HPV vaccine uptake
• Oral hygiene is an important factor for prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia
• The UN reported that  21.8 million infants were not vaccinated in 2013
• Cases of the highly contagious, drug-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have increased fivefold in community hospitals in the Southeastern United States
• Use of spoonfuls units can lead to medication errors
• According to a UN survey more than half of world's population is now living in urban areas
• World Hepatitis Day 2014 was observed
• The FDA, NIH hosted a public workshop on the development of new antibacterial products

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