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News Summary For October 2015

During the month of October 2015, there were a total of 200 links to news items posted on Daily Updates. 

The top news areas included:

Ebola and MERS remained in the news. The WHO chief announced that the US and Saudi Arabia are discussing a      
  MERS vaccine.
A UN health agency report concluded that two-thirds of the world’s population is infected with herpes
The annual UN health agency tuberculosis report found that tuberculosis deaths have nearly halved since 1990, but
  4,400 persons are dying daily from it 
WHO experts urged a gradual rollout of the malaria vaccine
Researchers found that healthcare worker gown, glove procedures are key to contamination risks  

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

A research review concluded that healthcare workers are at an increased risk of hepatitis C
The White House released a detailed lab biosafety plan
Tuberculosis caused more deaths than HIV in 2014
Few Americans know the warning signs of stroke
Canadian Patient Safety Week was observed
A WHO panel backed a polio vaccine with just 2 strains
A study found that medication errors are seen in half of all operations 
Plague is an older disease than previously thought
After patient deaths, the FDA warned about a liver damage risk from hepatitis C medications
Potentially deadly Staph infections are still a risk for thousands of babies
Viral hepatitis in the Pacific is a chief WHO concern
NIOSH has launched a health center to promote workers' well-being
Researchers found high microbiological contamination of clinicians' mobile phones in ICUs and NICUs
The FDA Issued an alert on nontuberculous Mycobacterium infections associated with heater-cooler devices
FEMA said that many hospitals risk earthquake damage  
Global Handwashing Day was observed
International Infection Prevention Week was observed
It was reported that 1 in 8 US children are not protected against measles
Traveling Americans are at risk for hepatitis A and measles
Health leaders set new goals to strengthen immunization in the Americas
The flu vaccine may also protect against pneumonia
The FDA asked duodenoscope makers to study the success of the cleaning guide

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