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News Summary for December 2013

During the month of December 2013, there were a total of 219 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•Infectious disease dominated health news in 2013
•MERS remained in the news as more cases were confirmed
•The CDC reported more US states with widespread flu. US flu activity continued to climb. National Influenza Vaccination Week was observed.
•The CDC issued Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management
•The FDA is taking a closer look at 'antibacterial' soap
•The UN noted the surge in animal-human diseases and called for a more holistic approach to health
•The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society recommended that all healthcare employers require universal immunizations as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•Measles still threatens health security

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•A Caribbean chikungunya outbreak grew and poses a threat to the US
•An ADA House resolution urged dental lab registration
•High rates of high blood pressure persist in the US Southeast
•Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months
•Nursing homes are seen as the weak link in the battle with superbugs
•Hong Kong confirmed the first death from H7N9 bird flu
•Animal antibiotics may lead to superbug infections
•The oropharyngeal cancer rate is up significantly in developed countries
•A major report found that most states are not ready to respond to infectious disease outbreaks
•The FDA approved a new pill to treat hepatitis C
•Hepatitis C virus dried on inanimate surfaces can remain infectious for up to six weeks
•The NIH announced a plan to increase funding toward a cure for HIV/AIDS


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