• First Case of MERS-CoV in Austria is Reported to WHO
    On Sept. 30, 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Austria notified the World Health Organization (WHO) via the European Commission’s Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) of a laboratory confirmed case of Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) ...More
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  • 15 Cases of MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia are Reported to WHO
    The National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia has reported additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to the World Health Organization (WHO). Between Aug. 11, 2014 and Sept. 28, 014, 15 cases of ...More
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  • First Atochthonous Case of Ebola Virus Disease Reported in Spain
    On Oct. 6, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of the first confirmed autochthonous case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Spain. This case represents the first human-to-human transmission of EVD outside Africa. The case is a female healthcare worker with ...More
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  • First Case of Marburg Virus Disease in Uganda is Reported to WHO
    On Oct. 5, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Uganda notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a confirmed case of Marburg virus disease (MVD) in Kampala, Uganda. The confirmed case was a healthcare worker who had onset of disease on Sept. 11, 2014 while working at ...More
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  • Key Issues in Occupational Health
    Infection prevention remains a major challenge in healthcare, but adhering to stringent occupational safety protocols in the workplace can thwart the spread of disease among both healthcare workers (HCWs) and patients alike. As the 2014-15 flu season approaches, flu ...More
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  • A Retrospect: PPE Use Then and Now
    In the days of home births, hot water and clean towels - gloves for use during patient exams began during the 1760s when physicians used obstetric gloves made from sheep intestines for vaginal exams in Germany. It wasn’t until the 1840s when Charles Goodyear patented ...More
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  • Occupational Health Experts Call for Greater Commitment to Sharps-Injury Prevention
    By Kelly M. Pyrek The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a sharps injury as a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel or other sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids. Sharps injuries are typically the result of ...More
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  • College Athletes in Contact Sports More Likely to Carry MRSA, Study Finds
    Even if they don’t show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry methicillin-resistant Staphylocuccus aureus (MRSA), suggests a study on MRSA and athletes, which is being presented at IDWeek 2014. ...More
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  • Real-Life Social Networking Prompts People to Get Tested for HIV
    Old-school face-to-face social networking is a more effective way to identify people with HIV than the traditional referral method, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2014. The study shows that social networking strategies (SNS) – enlisting people in ...More
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  • Longer-Term Outcomes of Program to Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
    The initial benefits of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention designed to reduce the rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions were lost after discontinuation of audit and feedback to clinicians, according to a study published in JAMA. The study is being ...More
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