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News Summary for January 2011

During the month of January 2011, there were a total of 274 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Influenza activity increased in the US
  • Flu activity in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European region was spreading from west to east and slowly increasing, with several countries reporting that the 2009 H1N1 virus was mainly responsible for severe infections
  • H1N1 Flu was raging in Britain
  • An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report outlined priorities for flu PPE research
  • The Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA's) first-ever recommendations for combating the MRSA superbug were published
  • The US federal government recommended changing the amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in 50 years.

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Three Asian countries battled avian influenza outbreaks in poultry
  • The MMWR published Updated Recommendations for Use of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines
  • A study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology concluded that 55% of surgical site infections are totally preventable
  • OSHA announced that it has temporarily withdrawn its proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) on employer injury and illness logs
  • The MMWR published Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010
  • The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) reminded healthcare professionals and healthcare consumers that pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a serious respiratory illness characterized by an infectious cough. Although most of us were vaccinated against it as children, our ability to fight it off weakens, leaving us once again susceptible as adults.
  • The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a number of updates to its HIV treatment guidelines for adults
  • A study documented airborne transmission of prions
  • Environmental mutagens may be implicated in emergence of drug-resistant microbes
  • A poll found that Americans oppose efforts to limit access to antibacterial soaps
  • A US study found that 129 million under age 65 years have health conditions
  • The WHO chief said that WHO is over-extended, not performing well enough
  • The UN health agency launched an action plan to halt malaria drug resistance
  • An investigative article published in the British Medical Journal said that the retracted 1998 Lancet report linking autism with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine was an elaborate fraud
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched a new survey designed to assess health and safety practices of health care workers

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