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News Summary for February 2014

During the month of February 2014, there were a total of 201 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • MERS –CoV remained in the news. Camels have been linked to the spread of MERS virus in people. It may have been in Saudi camels 22 years ago.
  • H7N9 remained in the news. The number of deaths in China related to this influenza continued to climb. Malaysia reported the first H7N9 case outside of China.
  • This flu season has hit working-age US adults the hardest. The ‘swine flu’ strain has returned. Flu has been hanging on in some states, but has declined overall.  
  • The US unveiled a plan to boost global health security   
  • WHO estimated that measles global deaths have declined by 78%
  • ACIP released recommendations for updated immunization schedules

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Food labels are to get the first makeover in 20 years with a new emphasis on calories and sugar
  • According to a new study, stethoscopes are potential microbe carriers
  • One in five US health facilities does not put hand sanitizer everywhere where it is needed
  • A puzzling polio-like illness was reported in California
  • Youth born with HIV may have a higher heart disease risk
  • More measles cases were reported in California 
  • Chairside screenings for chronic diseases could save the US healthcare system millions
  • WHO is keeping the same strains for next season's flu vaccine
  • The Preventive Services Task Force has proposed hepatitis B screening for all high-risk adults
  • The outbreak of a rare bacteria in an outpatient cancer clinic was tied to a lapse in infection-control procedures
  • A national saline shortage has caused the postponement of some oral surgery procedures
  • The CDC said that West Nile Virus has cost the US nearly $800 million

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