dental infection control and safety news for october 2009
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News Summary for October 2009

During the month of October 2009, there were a total of 309 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

• H1N1 influenza remained at the top of the news around the world. Its spreading became more rapid in the Northern Hemisphere and slowed in the Southern Hemisphere. A US study concluded that H1N1 put many hospitalized patients into the ICU. Asthma was determined to be the chief cause of hospitalization for H1N1 complications. Immunization of US healthcare workers started. The CDC affirmed its earlier guidance regarding N-95 respirators. H1N1 vaccine was in short supply. Some patients were found to still shed the virus 24 hours after being symptom-free. Flu activity rebounded at many colleges.
• CDC estimated that there were up to 6 million swine flu cases in a few months
• CDC released updated interim guidance on infection control measures to prevent transmission of 2009 H1N1 influenza in healthcare facilities
• On October 24 President Obama signed a pandemic emergency declaration
• More than 80 countries observed World Handwashing Day
• APIC urged the states to observe International Infection Prevention Week, October 18-24

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The use of hand sanitizer soared due to concern about H1N1 influenza
• Most babies born in this century will live to age 100
• OSHA issued a proposed rule to adopt a globally harmonized Hazard Communication system
• October marked National Ergonomics month
• The use of aspirin may have worsened the 1918 flu pandemic
• The NIDCR launched a FaceBase consortium
• Microsoft launched a H1N1 influenza response consumer support center
• OSHA launched a national emphasis program on record keeping
• In a national study, Maine health professionals tested positive for toxic chemicals
• NY officials rescinded a mandatory H1N1 flu shot order

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