• Hospitals Can Learn from CSI Sleuthing Methods
    It isn’t every day that I get to discuss two of my most favorite subjects — infection prevention and forensic science — in the same conversation, but a news item from the wires caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you. Medical investigators in the ...More
    June 9, 2008 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Big Brother and Hand Hygiene
    Does your facility use a technology-driven hand hygiene compliance solution? If so, I’d like to hear about it for a story I’m writing for an upcoming issue of ICT. For example, there are systems that use radio frequency identification technology ...More
    June 9, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Are We Prepared?
    I read today that Bird Flu has been detected in a Hong Kong market. The government has suspended the sale of all live poultry in Sham Shui Po residential district until the source of the outbreak can be traced. They have even suspended all shipments of live fowl from ...More
    June 9, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • One in Five UK Adolescents is Not Sufficiently Protected Against Meningitis C
    One in five adolescents age 11 to 13 in the United Kingdom appears to have inadequate protection against meningitis C and a booster dose of vaccine may therefore be needed to sustain protection among teenagers, according to a study published on bmj.com today.Adolescents ...More
    June 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • HHS Issues New Fact Sheet on Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces in the Home and in Public Places
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a new fact sheet, “Control of Pandemic Flu Virus on Environmental Surfaces in Homes and Public Places,” which explains how cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in homes and public places can help to ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Health Experts Urge Countries to Prevent Child Deaths from Rotavirus
    ISTANBUL, Turkey – More than 350 of the world's leading scientific experts, policymakers and leading public health professionals from 67 countries convened today during the 8th International Rotavirus Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey, to present new data about rotavirus ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Human Rabies Vaccine in Short Supply
    The United States is currently experiencing a severe shortage of human rabies vaccine, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Pre-exposure vaccinations of veterinary, animal control, game wardens, laboratory and other high-risk personnel are “on ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Weather, Stomach Bugs and Climate Change: Refining the Model
    Monitoring extreme weather, such as periods of high temperature, is one way to predict the timing and intensity of infectious diseases like cryptosporidiosis, an intestinal disease that causes upset stomach and diarrhea. Two public health researchers have created a model ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Salmonellosis Outbreak Linked to Raw Red Tomatoes
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers in New Mexico and Texas that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • MRSA Caused Pneumonia Deaths During 2006-2007 Flu Season in Young, Healthy People
    Washington, D.C. — A high number of cases of pneumonia caused by staph infections resulted in death among young, otherwise healthy patients during the 2006-2007 flu season, with more than three-quarters caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ...More
    June 4, 2008 Posted in News