• Associations Issue Multisociety Statement on Processing Biohazardous Medical Waste
    The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease has raised questions about the correct handling of Ebola contaminated biohazardous medical waste. A joint advisory statement issued by AAMI, AORN, APIC, AST and IAHCSMM is intended to provide guidance to personnel and healthcare ...More
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  • Four Cases of Chikungunya in France are Reported to WHO
    On Oct. 21, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for France of four cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France. The cases were confirmed by tests conducted by the French National Reference ...More
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  • Shorter TB Treatment Not a Successful Alternative
    A clinical drug trial conducted in five Sub-Sahara African countries shows that a shortened (four month) treatment for tuberculosis (TB) is well tolerated and may work well in subsets of TB patients, but overall could not be considered as an alternative to the current six ...More
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  • Real-Time Tracking System Developed to Monitor Dangerous Bacteria Inside the Body
    Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with a class of dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. ...More
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  • Scientists Develop Rapid Rest to Diagnose Severe Sepsis
    A new test, developed by University of British Columbia researchers, could help physicians predict within an hour if a patient will develop severe sepsis so they can begin treatment immediately. Sepsis, a syndrome caused by infection, leads to organ failure and is ...More
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  • Breath Test Shows Promise for Diagnosing Fungal Pneumonia
    Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient’s breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe—may help detect ...More
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  • Enterovirus D68 Expected to Fade Away Into Winter, Expert Says
    Late every summer and into every fall, enteroviruses bring a host of unpleasant ailments. This year, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been making headlines for its potentially severe symptoms in children, causing some alarm among parents. The good news is, as temperatures drop, ...More
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  • Check Out the Business Case Toolbox
    Several months ago, ICT and Truven Health Analytics introduced the Business Case Toolbox, a website dedicated to providing resources that infection preventionists can utilize in their presentations to peers and hospital administrators when making the business case for ...More
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