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News Summary for October 2014

During the month of October 2014, there were a total of 417 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• Ebola remained in the news. The CDC released relevant resources and statements on an ongoing basis. CDC issued new Ebola guidelines to protect health professionals. ‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ warned the UN chief. WHO said that millions of Ebola vaccine doses would be available by end of 2015. Drug makers are to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses. CDC is to monitor travelers from West Africa for 21 days. AAMI, CDC urged hospitals with Ebola patients to follow disinfection policies for medical equipment.
• Experts warned that the potential adverse impact of influenza should not be overshadowed by Ebola, and it is time for annual influenza immunizations
• CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down 
• A WHO report shows progress on HIV-associated TB but noted that the pace needs to be faster. Also, better surveillance revealed a higher TB burden. WHO warned that drug-resistant tuberculosis is at crisis levels. 
• Enterovirus D68 remained in the news

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• Good hand hygiene was the focus of Canadian Patient Safety Week
• The FDA approved a new vaccine for meningitis B
• Experts sounded the alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB
• WHO issued interim guidance on the use of Delamanid in the treatment of MDR-TB
• Global Handwashing Day was observed
• OSHA launched a national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace

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