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News Summary For June 2016

During the month of June 2016, there were a total of 204 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Zika virus remained in the news. A study documented live Zika virus in urine and saliva. HHS called on the center for innovation to accelerate Zika vaccine development. Dengue virus exposure may amplify Zika infection. WHO said that 122 million dollars is needed for the global response to the Zika virus. CDC has begun to report pregnancy and birth outcomes of women affected by Zika virus during pregnancy. It was reported that a needlestick infected a lab worker with Zika virus
  • The FDA has issued a request for additional information to address data gaps for consumer hand sanitizers
  • CDC issued a warning on multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris
  • Researchers may have found a second mcr-1 'superbug' gene in a US patient
  • National HIV Testing Day was observed
  • President Obama signed a bill into law that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product that Americans use
  • NIOSH released a PPE database for identifying standards
  • CDC said that water system management is key to curbing the rise in Legionnaires' disease

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The FDA has cleared the first test to detect specific genetic markers for certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly from clinical specimens
  • Researchers have discovered that the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic originated in Mexico
  • The WHO issued a new checklist to make health estimates more transparent, accurate and reliable
  • More than 5,300 US water systems violated lead-testing rules last year
  • ACIP voted down use of the LAIV (nasal spray flu vaccine) for the 2016-2017 flu season
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to help address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance and improve infection control
  • WHO detailed a $72 million yellow fever response plan
  • NIOSH has asked for input on improving respiratory health among workers

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