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News Summary for October 2013

During the month of October 2013, there were a total of 220 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • ACIP voted to approve updated adult, child/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules for 2014
  • HIV transmission was found inconclusive in the Tulsa, Oklahoma dental infection control breach case
  • WHO declared in its annual report that tuberculosis gains are at risk due to millions of missed patients and drug resistance
  • Work resumed at federal public health agencies after a temporary federal shut-down
  • Global Handwashing Day was observed
  • The UN health agency (WHO) launched an initiative to phase out mercury in medical devices by 2020
  • APIC launched the 'Infection Prevention and You' Campaign
  • International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) was observed
  • The first action plan developed specifically regarding TB and children was launched by the WHO

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • NIH scientists have developed a candidate vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus
  • Malaria cases in the US have reached a 40-year high
  • A close relative of the SARS virus was indentified in Chinese bats
  • The AAMI Steam Sterilization Standard has been updated
  • MRSA declines have been sustained in veterans hospitals nationwide
  • A profile of children's flu deaths detailed risks to healthy kids
  • It is thought that new drugs will bring a revolution in hepatitis C treatment
  • The FDA has proposed to regulate animal food, acting after recall and deaths
  • Flu activity stayed low in most Northern Hemisphere regions
  • Using meta-analysis, researchers linked flu vaccination to fewer cardiac events
  • A former Las Vegas doctor has been ordered to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years following his criminal convictions in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak
  • A new analysis found that 1 in 2,000 people in the UK may carry the abnormal prion protein (PrP) associated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)
  • A UN survey showed that the needs of persons with disabilities are largely ignored during disasters

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