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News Summary For May 2017

During the month of May 2017, there were a total of 158 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

·       The World Bank said that most nations are not ready for a pandemic

·       Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected WHO Director-General

·       The G20 health ministers agreed to tackle antibiotic resistance

·       In Minnesota, a measles outbreak exposed the gaps in public health

·       National Hepatitis Month and National Hepatitis Day were observed

·       Pharmaceutical leaders announced an alliance to fight antimicrobial resistance

·       An expert committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine launched a report that outlines priorities for the US global health role

·       The GAO said that diagnostics and mosquito control are key in Zika efforts

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

·       One in four nursing home residents has antibiotic-resistant bacteria

·       Globally, tobacco kills more than 7 million people annually

·       Vancomycin 3.0 is 25,000 times more potent than its predecessor vancomycin 1.0

·       Handshake-free zones target the spread of germs in hospitals

·       US deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue to rise

·       Some ineffective antibiotics have been found to form strong teams against deadly super bacteria

·       First-try antibiotics now fail in 1 in 4 adult pneumonia cases

·       Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled since 2014

·       Researchers found door handles to be a significant source of MRSA in hospitals

·       Research found that reservoirs of latent HIV can grow despite effective therapy

·       The DRC approved the use of an Ebola vaccine. An Ebola outbreak was reported.

·       The Zika virus spread undetected for many months in the Americas

·       China confirmed new H7N9 cases

·       Research suggested that Zika mosquitoes can spread 3 viruses in 1 bite

·       Undetected Ebola infection in international healthcare workers was said to be very unlikely


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