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  • Professor Finds a New Way That Foodborne Bacteria Spread
    University of Central Florida microbiology professor Keith Ireton has uncovered a previously unknown mechanism that plays an important role in the spread of a deadly foodborne bacterium.Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause pregnant women to lose their ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Clean Hands Report Card: Americans Get a B- on Hand Hygiene
    In the fifth annual Clean Hands Report Card issued by the Soap and Detergent Association, America’s grade for hand hygiene has risen from a C-minus in 2008 to a B-minus.  The Report Card is based on a series of hygiene-related questions asked of 888 Americans ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • APIC Provides Education to Ambulatory Care Surveyors and Providers
    From training surveyors to educating outpatient care staff, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is leading efforts to reduce infections in ambulatory care settings.The centerpiece of the plan is an educational program Nov. 6-7 in ...More
    September 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • International Clean Hands Week is Sept. 20-26, 2009
    The Clean Hands Coalition (CHC) reminds healthcare professionals that International Clean Hands Week is Sept. 20-26, 2009. The Clean Hands Coalition is a unified alliance of public and private partners  working together to create and support coordinated, sustained ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • New Rabies Vaccine May Require Only a Single Shot, Not Six
    A person, usually a child, dies of rabies every 20 minutes. However, only one inoculation may be all it takes for rabies vaccination, according to new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at the Jefferson Vaccine Center.A ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Professionals' Habits and Antisepsis
    There are two tidbits about healthcare professionals' habits and practices related to infection prevention that you might find interesting. There’s a lively discussion going on in within the health blog “Well” at NewYorkTimes.com regarding ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Loyola Opens New Bilingual Clinic Dedicated to Treating MRSA
    Although the H1N1 influenza virus is garnering more headlines, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is still a major public health threat. This year, MRSA deaths in the United States far exceeded those caused by the swine flu, according to the Centers for ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections Shows Early Promise
    University of Michigan scientists have made an important step toward what could become the first effective vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), if the robust immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans. The research findings, which appear online ...More
    September 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Study Says Masks Don’t Protect Against Flu
    The Los Angeles Times is reporting today on a new study that asserts that medical masks are essentially useless against influenza. Raina MacIntyre of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, conducted a study of 1,936 healthcare workers in Beijing during last ...More
    September 17, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Expert Urges Responsibility in Reaction to H1N1 Flu Pandemic
    Sickness caused by the new H1N1 influenza virus is no worse than the flu Americans experience nearly every year, and keeping that in perspective is solid guidance for the public and anyone dealing with flu, says a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric ...More
    September 17, 2009 Posted in News