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News Summary for May 2013

During the month of May 2013, there were a total of 263 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus remained in the news. Researchers found easy development of H7N9 Tamiflu resistance. This new avian flu strain may be capable of spreading from human to human according to researchers.
•The novel coronavirus now known as MERS-CoV remained in the news. The UN health chief urged global cooperation to tackle the novel coronavirus threat. Two healthcare workers were also infected.
•A new MRSA study published in the NEJM outlines simple steps to slash deadly infections in the sickest hospital patients
•The WHO declared that the world is not ready for a mass flu outbreak
•Oklahoma experienced devastating tornadoes

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•An Oklahoma bill would create the first dental assistant permit in the nation and was awaiting the Governor's signature
•An H1N1 flu outbreak killed 17 in Venezuela
•Bills in the US House would require the VA to report disease outbreaks
•Researchers found that vitamin C may be key to new TB treatments
•The CDC issued the first comprehensive report on children's mental health in the United States
•Twin epidemics of HIV and Hepatitis C have been identified in the urban Northeast
•Noisy operating rooms may jeopardize patient safety
•Copper in hospital rooms may stop infections
•The MMWR published Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians
•WHO encouraged patient involvement in hand hygiene
•Hepatitis Awareness Month was observed during May
•The cost of blood testing for the patients of an Oklahoma dentist neared $700K


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