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News Summary for September 2014

During the month of September 2014, there were a total of 339 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• Ebola remained in the news. Its activity escalated. The CDC and Texas Health Department confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US. An American doctor exposed to Ebola was hospitalized at a NIH facility. The virus death toll surpassed 3,000. WHO predicted 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes occurred. The US announced a surge of aid for West Africa's Ebola epidemic. The US military will lead $750 million fight against Ebola in West Africa. CDC issued Ebola virus guidance. HHS issued a detailed Ebola preparedness checklist for hospitals. 
• Enterovirus D-68 remained in the news. A neurological illness was probed for a possible link.
• The CDC unveiled a 6-phase pandemic response plan
• The EPA proposed an amalgam separator rule 
• Caribbean chikungunya cases exceeded 738,000. The PAHO warned of heightened chikungunya and dengue threats.  
• The CDC noted that flu vaccine uptake has been steady in healthcare workers and pregnant women
• The White House declared war on drug-resistant superbugs and announced a National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The C. Difficile rate has nearly doubled between 2001-2010 
• OSHA updated its recordkeeping rule 
• WHO decided to switch 2 of 3 strains in the 2015 flu vaccine
• A NIH study supports camels as the primary source of MERS-CoV transmission
• More than half of Americans are not getting flu shots
• Select drugs cause most childhood poisonings
• Millions of children are not getting recommended preventive care
• A CDC report found sodium consumption high among US children
• Children's hospital-linked infections have fallen sharply
• A new paper called for more infection control surveillance, standardization in the emergency department
• National Preparedness Month was observed
• It was reported that 21 states do not meet emergency standards for kids

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