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News Summary For September 2016

During the month of September 2016, there were a total of 240 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Zika virus remained in the news. A Zika case in Utah was said to have been likely spread through sweat or tears. CDC increased Zika testing support and Florida reported more local cases.
  • CDC has urged Americans to get a flu shot as soon as possible
  • At least 20 children were infected after procedures at an Anaheim dental clinic  
  • At the UN, global leaders committed to act on antimicrobial resistance
  • National Preparedness Month was observed 

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The Americas Region was declared free of endemic measles
  • Four suspected Zika microcephaly cases were reported in Thailand
  • Six candidates were named for next World Health Organization chief
  • Drug-resistant germs thrive in America's corroding water systems
  • A new MRSA strain was found in Denmark
  • ‘Superbug’ MRSA may be spreading through tainted poultry 
  • The CDC reported the first highly resistant gonorrhea in the US
  • A study found that drug-resistant infections could spark a financial crisis
  • Antibiotics were found to be still overused in hospitals
  • The FAO advised nations on curbing agricultural antimicrobial use
  • Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk
  • Healthcare costs for infections linked to bacteria in water supply systems are rising
  • It was reported that MCR-1 was identified in a Connecticut toddler
  • The USPSTF has recommended screening for latent tuberculosis infection for those at increased risk   
  • The VA estimates that 107,000 vets have undiagnosed or untreated hepatitis C

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