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News Summary for August 2015

During the month of August 2015, there were a total of 205 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • MERS remained in the news. A family cluster was reported to be part of the Riyadh flurry of MERS cases. 
  • US vaccination rates are high, but pockets of the unvaccinated pose risk
  • Scientists reported a major step in the development of a universal flu vaccine
  • WHO called ‘vaccine hesitancy’ an increasing concern globally
  • The FDA warned makers of medical scopes in the wake of deadly ‘superbug’ outbreaks
  • WHO issued guidelines for treating hepatitis B
  • Chikungunya in the Americas was in the news
  • OSHA released a proposal that would lower beryllium levels and increase workplace protections
  • The CDC said that lack of cooperation among health facilities mars the antibiotic resistance fight

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Plague was in the news in the US
  • The CDC clarified Ebola PPE guidance for US healthcare personnel
  • The CDC - COCA issued a clinical reminder for continued vigilance for cases of acute flaccid myelitis
  • Personal clothing may spread respiratory infections within the NICU
  • The NYC mayor signed cooling tower rules into law after a deadly outbreak of Legionella
  • Liver damage in hepatitis C patients is significantly underestimated according to a study
  • Hepatitis C infection may fuel a heart risk
  • The vaccine has sharply curbed chickenpox cases in the US
  • OSHA approved Maine as the newest State Plan protecting state and local government workers
  • OSHA issued a document on contaminated water in eyewash stations which can lead to infection  

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