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News Summary for March 2013

During the month of March 2013, there were a total of 258 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • News broke about an oral surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who may have exposed thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C
  • A SARS-like virus killed two more people in Germany and Britain
  • Novel coronavirus lab studies hinted at wide tissue susceptibility
  • The WHO updated guidance on novel coronavirus surveillance
  • World TB Day was observed
  • Tuberculosis cases in the US continued to decline. For the first time since the 1950s, the number of annual TB cases has dropped below 10,000.
  • UN officials called for a boost in efforts to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • World Oral Health Day was observed
  • The FDA issued draft guidance on the use of 'latex-free' medical products labeling

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The CDC reported that the main flu marker dipped below baseline
  • The CDC reported that Valley Fever cases in US Southwest are rising fast
  • A Lancet series examined tuberculosis
  • Over 90% of people worldwide develop some form of dental disease during their lifetime
  • The FDA proposed more oversight of AEDs
  • A study concluded that measles can spread further than thought on airplanes
  • Norovirus has surpassed rotavirus as the leading GI illness in US kids
  • A homegrown strain of Dengue Fever virus was pinpointed in Florida
  • A US bioethics panel warned against anthrax vaccine testing for children
  • The CDC warned that CRE infections are more common and more resistant
  • Investigators cited the top 10 strategies to improve patient safety
  • It was announced that a baby born with HIV has apparently been cured with aggressive drug treatment

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