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News Summary for January 2009

During the month of January 2009, there were a total of 217 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

•Avian influenza was prominently in the news. Nepal was hit for the first time. The number of human cases reported worldwide exceeded 400.
•An outbreak of Salmonella occurred in the US and prompted a large scale peanut butter recall. Half of the victims were children.
•The MMWR published a report that reinforced that the risk of HIV transmission from surgeon to patient is very low
•A CDC study found that poor infection control practices have put 60,000 patients at risk for Hepatitis B and C

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•The MMWR published the recommended adult immunization schedule for 2009
•The FDA approved a new oral antibiotic for MRSA
•More Americans are getting multiple chronic illnesses
•A safety checklist developed by the WHO cut surgery related complications by one-third
•HHS reported progress on cell-based pandemic vaccines
•Bill Gates and others donated $630 million to the international effort to eradicate polio
•Hepatitis C may up the risk of pancreatic cancer
•Information was published regarding bioaerosols in dental offices and mask selection
•Invasive Hib disease cases In Minnesota were linked to vaccine shortage


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