dental infection control and safety news for november 2009
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News Summary for November 2009

During the month of November 2009, there were a total of 231 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

• H1N1 influenza was a worldwide concern. The WHO warned that countries should not underestimate this virus. Panic was reported in the Ukraine which experienced a dramatic spike of this illness. In NY, an emergency declaration activated healthcare professionals, including dentists. CDC data reassessment yielded a significant increase in the number of US cases of H1N1. WHO stressed the use of antivirals in high-risk H1N1 patients. The boom in sales of hand sanitizer continued due to the H1N1 outbreak. H1N1 influenza was described as hitting one peak in the US. Scandinavian scientists reported a mutant strain. Clusters of resistant H1N1 influenza were reported in the US and UK.
• OSHA issued H1N1 pandemic enforcement procedures
• H1N1 vaccine supplies saw some improvement in the US
• In its first study of women's health around the world, the WHO concluded that AIDS is a leading cause of disease and death for women
• A GAO report faulted OSHA's annual data for work-related injuries concluding that it may be under-reported
• The CDC warned of a sharp rise in pneumococcal disease

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The US reported its largest mumps outbreak in 3 years
• Clorox announced that it would stop using chlorine and would end the shipment of this hazardous chemical
• A study concluded that dentists can identify patients at high risk for a cardiovascular event
• The US healthcare sector was described as a fairly "green giant” when it comes to greenhouse gases
• The ILO adopted a revised list of occupational diseases
• More companies want employees to stay in "green” hotels
• It was reported that saliva proteins for women change as they age
• The US lifted a HIV travel ban
• Researchers concluded that TB is increasingly being found in the body in locations outside the lungs
• Infectious disease experts called for 10 new antibiotics by 2020
• NIOSH issued a report about aging workers that recommends policy shifts and continued research
• Half of the world's ICU patients have infections

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