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News Summary for November 2014

During the month of November 2014, there were a total of 237 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• Ebola remained in the news. Travelers arriving from some West African countries were restricted to five US airports and nearby Ebola capable hospitals. Sierra Leone had the bulk of latest Ebola cases and the total neared 16,000. Global leaders warned against Ebola complacency. The CDC was stockpiling protective gear for Ebola. The US will test multiple Ebola drugs in clinical trials.
• The CDC said that most Americans with HIV are missing treatment
• The CDC reported that US measles cases have spiked to highest number since 2000
• The UN said that AIDS could be ended as a threat to global health by 2030

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• EVD-68 cases were fading, but there were more unexplained neurological illnesses
• Lapses in infection control were associated with the spread of MERS
• The NIAID/GSK experimental Ebola vaccine appeared safe and capable of  prompting an immune response
• The AHA and others launched a flu vaccine awareness campaign
• A study hinted that flu shot effects may last more than one season
• National Diabetes month was observed
• The US government is investigating medical devices for possible cyber flaws
• H5N8 struck birds in the Netherlands and possibly England
• Chagas disease in the US was said to be an underestimated emerging infectious disease threat
• Falls are the leading cause of serious head trauma for kids
• Dental IC breaches led to a HIV and hepatitis scare in the UK with 22,000 patients recalled
• A Legionnaires' outbreak in Portugal was identified as a  'major public health emergency' according to WHO
• A study found that hospital workers wash hands less frequently toward the end of shift
• ‘Ageing well must be global priority’ warned the UN health agency in new study

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