dental infection control and safety news for december 2009
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News Summary for December 2009

During the month of December 2009, there were a total of 248 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

• H1N1 influenza remained a concern. The WHO said that it was too early to say if the pandemic had peaked, even though the number of cases were declining in the US and Canada. CDC officials view the increased vaccine supply and waning cases as an opportunity to increase immunization of the public before a third wave hits. The CDC did sharply raise its estimates of H1N1 cases, citing that children were the hardest hit
• HHS continued to urge H1N1 vaccination for healthcare workers and others
• Citing the continuing struggle to make H1N1 vaccine available, the HHS Secretary ordered her department to review disaster preparedness
• The WHO warned that resistant H1N1 influenza clusters warrant greater vigilance and treatment tweaks
• The UN Health Chief declared that H1N1 may not be conquered until 2011
• Chile reported 3 H1N1 re-infection cases
• The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) praised the US response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, but said that it also exposed serious gaps in public health preparedness
• The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised questions about pandemic plan implementation

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The first case of highly drug-resistant TB was reported in the US
• Biodiversity loss can increase infectious diseases in humans
• A study concluded that one MRSA superbug infection can cost a hospital $60,000
• The chicken pox vaccine may protect children from shingles
• Seasonal flu vaccine uptake was said to be about the same as last year
• Another seasonal flu vaccine is on its way to the US market
• TB cases in the UK are the highest since the 1980's
• The WHO declared that it exceeded its goal on TB cure
• World AIDS Day was observed on December 1
• NIOSH released updated information on aging workers in the workplace
• The US readied for a new phase of global AIDS assistance
• H5N1 influenza outbreaks were reported in several countries. Egypt reported its 90th case. Indonesia reported 20 cases in 2009, 19 of them fatal.
• A study concluded that older dental fillings contain a form of mercury unlikely to be toxic
• The EPA declared greenhouse gases a public health threat
• West Nile virus infection may persist in the kidneys years after the initial infection
• US Medicare to pay for HIV testing for those at increased risk
• The WHO estimated that smoking kills at least 5 million persons each year
• A New York Times study concluded that millions in the US drink dirty water
• David Michaels was confirmed as the chief OSHA administrator
• Australia agreed to uniform occupational safety and health laws
• Patients have a role in promoting clinician hand hygiene
• Scientists solved how smallpox kills
• A new analysis concluded that the survival of children with HIV in the US has dramatically improved since the 1990's
• Prions evolve despite lacking DNA, a study found
• Disinfectant misuse may help germs resist antibiotics
• Hand sanitizers rival pens as the most popular promotional product

 

 
 
 

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