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News Summary for October 2012

During the month of October 2012, there were a total of 274 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.
The top news areas included:

• Hurricane Sandy, declared a superstorm, seriously impacted the eastern United States and Canada
• A multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak grew in the United States
• The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine is urged for pregnant women by ACIP
• The WHO declared that 20 million lives have been saved through TB care and control
• A novel Coronavirus remained in the news
• International Infection Prevention Week was observed
• A study published in JADA found that dental offices are inconsistent in infection control compliance

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The Atlas of health and climate was published jointly by WHO and the World Meteorological Organization(WMO)
• Scientists are moving closer to a lasting flu vaccine
• A new test appears promising for improving HIV diagnosis in poor countries
• Extensive swine contact was key in H3N2v cases said the CDC
• The NIH established a Down syndrome patient registry
• The Joint Commission issued 2013 patient safety goals
• HHS seeks comments on the risks of H5N1 research
• High levels of antibiotic resistance genes have been found in a major Midwest watershed
• APIC launched a consumer infection prevention campaign for long-term care, ambulatory care, and home care
• Superbugs can ride air currents around hospital units  
• The CDC released its first FluView Report for 2012-2013 influenza season
• Global Handwashing Day was observed
• A South Carolina State Senator called for dental office inspections
• Mandatory healthcare worker flu immunization was enacted in Rhode Island
• The West Nile virus outbreak in the US remained in the news

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