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News Summary for July 2015

During the month of July 2015, there were a total of 242 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • US officials updated the national plan to fight HIV and AIDS and added goals
  • WHO announced that the world is on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine 
  • World Hepatitis Day was observed. WHO called for action against hepatitis. 
  • Hepatitis C tripled in Tennessee, a public health advisory was issued. Hepatitis C rates in Oregon were reported to soar above the national average. A study concluded that most US hepatitis C infections may be missed.
  • South Korea declared its country effectively out of MERS danger
  • Europe gave an initial green-light to the world's first malaria vaccine
  • The UN announced that the world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic
  • The US recorded its first confirmed measles death in 12 years 

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • An outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease was reported in New York City
  • The CDC reported that 1 in 5 US adults has a physical or mental disability
  • Scientists are honing a computer model to predict the size and timing of flu outbreaks
  • The CDC said that 40% of teen girls lack HPV vaccination 
  • The Pacific Northwest is battling whooping cough. Three counties in Michigan were hit by a whooping cough outbreak.
  • Experts proposed a $2 billion global vaccine fund
  • The CDC reported that Lyme Disease is spreading to new territories
  • A report found that people over 55 neglect oral health more than other age groups
  • OSHA provided guidance to OSHA compliance officers for enforcing the revised Hazard Communication Standard
  • Saliva is seen as possible diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease
  • CDC proposed adding H5N1 to the HHS select agent list
  • A June poll found that almost half of Americans do not understand the threat of antibiotic resistance
  • The FDA has proposed new criteria for surgical gowns 
  • UN and regional leaders said that $7 billion is needed to put Ebola-affected West Africa on the path to recovery. Ebola recovery goals were said to focus on rebuilding health systems. 
  • A NIH-funded vaccine for West Nile virus entered human clinical trials
  • The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, originally housed at the University of Virginia, announced it has completed a transition to an independent non-profit, the International Safety Center
  • Six Australian dentists were suspended over infection control breaches 
  • Virus-carrying mosquitoes are more widespread than ever, and spreading
  • Cuba is said to be the first to ​end mother-to-child transmission of HIV, an important victory in the fight against AIDS
  • California has mandated vaccines for schoolchildren

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