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News Summary for July 2010

During the month of July 2010, there were a total of 244 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Several veterans who received dental treatment at a St. Loius, MO VA facility tested positive for the hepatitis virus
  • The CDC endorsed universal flu vaccination recommendations
  • WHO advisors were still waiting for clear pandemic flu signals before changing the pandemic alert level
  • The AIDS 2010 international conference was held in Vienna, Austria
  • The ISDA called for mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers
  • The Obama administration announced the national HIV/AIDS strategy
  • NIH-Led Scientists announced the identification of antibodies that prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Manufacturers began to ship influenza vaccine to the US
  • Influenza activity was said to be increasing in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Officials were concerned about the threat of the California whooping cough epidemic spreading to Oregon
  • It was noted that Dengue Fever and insect-borne infections are emerging as a public health problem in areas of the US
  • Researchers found that infectious prions can arise spontaneously in normal brain tissue
  • Electronic surveillance was termed as key in HAI investigations
  • Experts declared that the H5N1 picture has not greatly improved since 2003
  • An ACIP report fine-tuned anthrax vaccine recommendations
  • Experts and activists warned that AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is on the rise even as a global conference reported progress on other fronts
  • The CDC declared that waterborne disease is a costly problem in the US costing an estimated $539 million annually
  • A survey of medical professionals concluded that hospital infection deaths are caused by ignorance and neglect
  • A new generation of smallpox vaccine is being stockpiled in the US

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