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News Summary for September 2012

During the month of September 2012, there were a total of 277 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The identification of a novel Coronavirus similar to SARS made headlines. Animals are suspected in the spread of the new virus. The WHO issued guidance and asked doctors to be vigilant in watching for the new virus.
  • National Emergency Preparedness month was observed
  • The CDC has declared this the worst West Nile virus year ever

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The first human death from a new strain of swine flu was reported
  • A CDC study suggested that many H3N2v cases may be missed
  • A measles alert was issued in New York
  • The CDC clarified its position on environmental fogging
  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed a link between narcolepsy and pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccination
  • Washington state has made it more difficult to opt out of immunizations
  • The pace of West Nile virus activity began to slow
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. has launched a new health education website called
  • The AAP issued recommendations for the 2012 to 2013 influenza season
  • A national consensus statement on oral health care during pregnancy has been issued
  • The whooping cough vaccine has been identified to wane over time
  • Daily disinfection of isolation rooms has been shown to reduces contamination of healthcare workers' hands
  • Oral cancers were added to the 9/11 illness list
  • A study concluded that more Americans are now receiving effective HIV treatment
  • A survey found that fewer Americans are going to the dentist for treatment of orofacial pain
  • The CDC said that 10,000 were at risk of hantavirus in a Yosemite outbreak

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