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News Summary for August 2013

During the month of August 2013, there were a total of 222 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•Researchers found that oral infections are causing more hospitalizations in the US
•MERS remained in the news. MERS-CoV was found in bats and the hunt for other sources continued. CDC tweaked its MERS guidance.
•H7N9 remained in the news
•A UK ban on doctors with HIV was lifted
•FDA approved the first rapid diagnostic test to detect both HIV-1 antigen and HIV-1/2 antibodies
•New federal guidelines for managing occupational exposures to HIV were issued

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•A Dengue Fever epidemic sparked a public health emergency in Central America
•GlaxoSmithKline received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin shipping four-strain influenza vaccines
•1,000 hospital workers are accidentally stuck by needles daily in the US
•OSHA and The Joint Commission renewed their alliance to protect safety and health
•A study tied poor oral health to cancer-causing virus
•Research linked bacteria in the mouth to colorectal cancer
•CDC estimated that Lyme disease hits 300,000 each year
•MRSA strain in humans originally came from cattle
•A New Hampshire hospital technician pleaded guilty in a hepatitis outbreak
•Infection preventionists play a key role in antimicrobial stewardship efforts
•Researchers examined healthcare worker ring wearing and the potential for HAI transmission
•Antibiotic resistance among HAIs is much greater than prior CDC estimates

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