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News Summary for September 2011

During the month of September 2011, there were a total of 319 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•The US has 170 million flu shots available for the flu season. Immunization is recommended for everyone over age 6 months. The CDC concluded that not enough (63.5% in 2010-2011) healthcare workers are being immunized against flu.
•The movie Contagion premiered
•A $3 million campaign was launched to target oral health awareness. A major event in Washington DC took place.
•The US Department of Labor sued a dentist for firing an assistant over OSHA concerns
•The US was found to be lagging in its efforts to control superbugs
•The CDC released a strategic plan for public health preparedness

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•The IOM recommended that state and local public health officials decide where to store anthrax drugs
•A study concluded that the 1918 flu waves were caused by distinct flu viruses
•The US experienced a serious Listeria outbreak
•The FDA approved a new single use face mask for children
•The CDC released the fifth edition of its core curriculum on tuberculosis
•The CDC noted a 72% rise in water related outbreaks
•The CDC proposed new infection prevention guidelines for organ transplants
•Hospital privacy curtains were reported to be laden with germs
•The CDC said that it has identified steady progress regarding state and local preparedness
•The GAO identified large data gaps on animal drugs and antibiotic resistance
•Over the prior year, influenza was linked to 115 deaths among children in the US
•OSHA released a Compliance Directive for workplace violence
•MRSA in the US is becoming resistant to over the counter ointment
•WHO warned of the growing epidemic of premature death due to noncommunicable diseases
•The nation's first public health department accreditation was launched
• Drug resistant TB was found to be spreading fast in Europe
•A US researcher concluded that simple, inexpensive infection control measures adopted in US hospitals could reduce thousands of deaths and save billions of dollars
•Two US children were sickened by novel swine flu

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