During the month of July 2009, there were a total of 273 links to news items posted on Newsflash.
The top news areas included:
• News regarding novel influenza A (H1N1) was widespread. The CDC stressed heightened awareness of transmission possibilities and strict adherence to infection control procedures. Public health officials in Canada announced that they detected a new influenza strain in two workers on a Saskatchewan hog farm. The WHO suspended reporting of H1N1 case counts and discontinued issuing regular reports citing the burden it put upon countries experiencing widespread transmission. Australia predicted a potential worst case scenario of 6,000 H1N1 deaths. Outbreaks of H1N1 influenza closed some summer camps in the US. The WHO recommended that vaccine makers move forward in mass production of H1N1 vaccine.
• The JCAHO released guidance for increasing healthcare worker influenza vaccinations
• The JCAHO updated its position on steam sterilization and flashing cycles
• The WHO issued its final, revised, and updated hand hygiene guidelines
• The MMWR published ACIP's recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza with vaccines
• The FDA issued its final regulation for dental amalgam
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
• A Colorado surgery technician was suspected of exposing 6,000 surgery patients to hepatitis C
• A form of ebola virus was detected in pigs for the first time
• The UN announced that advances in tackling HIV were at risk from the economic downturn
• California issued the first standard to protect against infectious airborne diseases in the US
• A pandemic survey found that 1 in 6 public health workers were unlikely to respond and report to work during a pandemic flu emergency