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News Summary for February 2015

During the month of February 2015, there were a total of 317 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • A US Measles outbreak remained in the news. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy urged parents to vaccinate children against measles.
  • The UN health agency urged stepped-up surveillance to prevent the spread of measles in the Americas
  • The UN health agency said that it was ‘taken aback’ as measles resurfaces in Europe
  • An infection control breach involving endoscopes at UCLA and a related superbug link made the news. FDA has issued reprocessing safety recommendations for reusable duodenoscopes. The FDA is seeking to speed updates to 'superbug' device labels. APIC and SHEA issued a statement on infections associated with duodenoscope procedures.  
  • Ebola remained in the news. The US military ended its Ebola mission in Liberia. The UN is seeking $900 million for a phase 2 Ebola response. The WHO cleared an Ebola rapid test, and its report confirmed a rapid response strategy. Experts suspect Ebola virus sometimes spreads by air. The ACOEM released guidelines for medical clearance of Ebola caregivers. 
  • The CDC said that nearly half a million Americans suffer from C. difficile infections in a single year
  • The WHO adopted a new safety needle policy, calling smart syringes an 'urgent priority'
  • The CDC reported that flu activity continues to decrease in the US. The US flu season continued to hit the elderly hard.

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Research indicated that most HIV infections come from undiagnosed or untreated people
  • The ADA offered comments on the EPA separator proposal
  • The US is stepping up its commitment to fight malaria 
  • A new study shows the substantial value of preventing HIV infection in the US
  • A study ties shingles virus to dangerous blood vessel disease in the elderly
  • UN experts warned of 'critical knowledge gaps' regarding the Saudi MERS virus
  • A new, aggressive strain of HIV has been discovered in Cuba
  • The CDC says that 58 million Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke

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