During the month of April 2009, there were a total of 276 links to news items posted on Newsflash.
The top news areas included:
•While a mild seasonal flu season was winding down in the US, an outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) / swine flu rocked the news in late April. The WHO raised the influenza pandemic alert to 5. Mexico shut down schools and nonessential services.
•The Director General of the WHO declared drug resistant TB a ‘time bomb”. The former Soviet countries face a widespread epidemic of drug-resistant TB.
•Avian Influenza remained in the news. The FDA cleared a rapid test for avian influenza A virus in humans.
•The MMWR published Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
•The flu vaccine was advised for travelers to the southern hemisphere
•The CDC reported that in 2008 global polio eradication efforts had lost some ground. Fifteen African nations borne the brunt of the disease.
•A German researcher who received an experimental Ebola virus vaccine after being exposed to the deadly disease remained in good health after passing the 21 day incubation period
•The FDA partnered with 6 states to form foodborne disease response teams
•Researchers concluded that HIV treatment should start earlier
•The US launched an AIDS campaign aimed at those most affected
•Deep cleaning of intensive care units was found to lower the risk of MRSA
•The EPA to recommend green claims for disinfectants and sanitizers
•The JCAHO released free educational materials pertaining to hand hygiene
•Accidental EpiPen injections are becoming more common
•During difficult economic times, dental schools are reporting a surge in patients
•Scientists invented a germ killing wall paint
•Workers Memorial Day was observed
•A report released by Consumers Union found that almost 100,000 surgical patients do not get appropriate infection prevention care