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  • "Single-Shot" Vaccines May Protect Against H5N1 Influenza Virus
    Two newly developed "single-shot" H5N1 influenza vaccines protected ferrets against lethal infection with the H5N1 influenza virus and may allow for mass vaccination in humans in the event of a pandemic outbreak. The researchers from Australia report their findings in the ...More
    July 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Gain Insight Into HIV Vaccine Failure
    A team of researchers from The Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania reports new evidence refuting a popular hypothesis about the highly publicized failure in 2007 of the Merck STEP HIV vaccine study that cast doubt on the feasibility of HIV-1 vaccines. The ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Drug Shows Promise Against Serious Infections
    A Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug used for preventing recurrence of breast cancer shows promise in fighting life-threatening fungal infections common in immune-compromised patients, such as infants born prematurely and patients with cancer. Some scientists ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fast Food Employee May Have Exposed 10,000 Customers to Hepatitis
    Fox News is reporting on an Associated Press story that a fast food restaurant worker may have exposed thousands of customers at a McDonald’s in the Quad Cities area to hepatitis A virus (HAV). To read further, CLICK HERE. ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Vaccine for 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  today announced that it has approved a vaccine for 2009-2010 seasonal influenza in the United States. The seasonal influenza vaccine will not protect against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus that resulted in the declaration of ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Germiest Tourist Attractions
    If microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, refuses to kiss the Blarney Stone, maybe there’s a good reason not to follow tradition. That’s just one funny tidbit in an article about the “germiest tourist attractions” on CNN.com right now. Editors at ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Can Stress Make Us Sick?
    Whether it's getting a cold during exam time or feeling run-down after a big meeting, we've all experienced feeling sick following a particularly stressful time at work or school. Is this merely coincidence, or is it possible that stress can actually make us sick? In a new ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • C. difficile Spores Spread Superbug
    New research suggests that antibiotic treatment could be asymptomatically inducing the transmission of the healthcare-acquired infection, C. difficile, contributing to the outbreaks that have recently been widely reported in hospitals and other settings. A team of ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Experts Support National Public Reporting of HAIs
    Five organizations representing the nation’s experts in infectious diseases medicine, infection prevention in healthcare settings, and public health and disease prevention announced their support for a provision requiring national reporting of healthcare-associated ...More
    July 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • SARS Added to HHS’ List of Public Health Threats
    Health authorities at the federal level are proposing to add severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the list of agents and toxins which the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated as posing a threat to public health. The notice for this proposed ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions