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News Summary For February 2016

During the month of February 2016, there were a total of 167 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Zika remained in the news. The CDC issued an Olympics advisory recommending that pregnant women should ‘consider not going’ to Rio. Cases of Zika were identified in the US. WHO released new guidance for Zika virus and potential complications. The UN health agency warned that El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Zika. Puerto Rico could be hit hard by Zika. The FDA said that those at risk of Zika should wait to donate blood.           
  • CDC reported that all areas of the US are experiencing elevated influenza-like illness levels.
  • CDC's early estimate found this year's flu vaccine to be 59% effective  
  • WHO issued an Influenza Risk Assessment. There was a late start to the Northern Hemisphere flu season with a strong H1N1 impact.
  • MERS remained in the news.

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Research concluded that the location of hand sanitizer affects its use by hospital visitors
  • Studies on Ebola survivors show a range of complications   
  • 1 in 3 US adults do not get enough sleep    
  • More avian flu outbreaks were detected in several countries
  • US researchers found a new bacteria that causes Lyme disease
  • Healthcare worker hand size can impact bacterial load and hand sanitizer product effectiveness  
  • The human immune system is shaped by family and household
  • The National Patient Safety Foundation announced the United for Patient Safety Campaign

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