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News Summary For August 2016

During the month of August 2016, there were a total of 212 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Zika virus remained in the news. Zika was linked to hearing loss in infants. Research found that adult mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring. Local Zika transmission was confirmed in Singapore. FDA recommended universal testing of the US blood supply. The first local Zika case was detected outside of south Florida. US health experts estimate that as many as 270 babies in Puerto Rico may be born with microcephaly. Three Zika vaccine candidates were reported to be successful in monkeys. NIH began testing an investigational Zika vaccine in humans. The Pentagon said that 33 US service members have contracted Zika.
  • The CDC urged fast action on preventing and treating sepsis
  • A NJ dentist’s office was linked to 15 bacterial infections and 1 death
  • A UK dentist faces 56 misconduct charges after 22,000 patients recalled

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A UK study concluded that dentists are less likely to prescribe antibiotics for patients after seeing a "report card" on their past prescription rates
  • Antibiotic resistance prompted new WHO STD guidance
  • A US first was identified with E coli resistant to both colistin and carbapenems
  • Antibiotic resistance in pets is an increasing problem
  • The infectious disease field lost its 'commander-in-chief' DA Henderson          
  • Joint Commission and CDC are collaborating on an ambulatory infection prevention project
  • Research found that dormant copies of HIV are mostly defective
  • The American College of Surgeons issued a statement on appropriate professional attire for surgeons
  • FDA clarified when medical devices should be re-approved  

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