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  • Even Mildly Premature Infants Face RSV Infection
    Even mildly premature infants (gestational ages of 33 weeks through 36 weeks) have an increased risk of medically attended respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, which is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection in infants and young children and can lead ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk Factors Identified for VAP After Heart Surgery
    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the main cause of hospital-acquired infection in patients undergoing major heart surgery. An international study of 25 hospitals from eight European countries, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care, has ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • H1N1 Influenza Cases Update
    The total U.S. count as of the morning of May 10 for H1N1 virus infection is 2,532 confirmed cases and 2 deaths. To access the state-by-state data from the CDC, CLICK HERE.For a global update from the WHO issued on May 5, CLICK HERE.For the top 20 ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Genes Dissimilar to Past Pandemics
    Some genetic markers of influenza infection severity have been identified from past outbreaks. Researchers have failed to find most of these markers, described in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, in samples of the current swine-flu strain.Jonathan Allen and Tom ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues H1N1 Influenza Update
    As of  May 5, 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1,490 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Lessons Learned: Was All This Really Necessary?
    Joel Keehn, senior editor of Consumer Reports, provides the following op-ed commentary: Now that the worst may be over in Mexico and the swine (H1N1) flu virus doesn't seem to be much more contagious than seasonal flu, some folks—such as Jack Cafferty on CNN—are ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Does Flu Virus Kill by Causing a 'Cytokine Storm'?
    The H1N1 flu outbreak that began in Mexico and continues to spread around the globe may be particularly dangerous for young, otherwise healthy adults because it contains genetic components of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which can induce a "cytokine storm," in which a ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Changes Flu-Related School and Childcare Closure Guidance
    Since the beginning of the H1N1 influenza outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working to update, or in some cases, quickly develop interim guidelines to help healthcare providers, health departments and communities take effective action ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Health Laboratories Respond to Flu Outbreak
    With regard to pandemic influenza, public health laboratories recognized the importance of planning a long time ago. Proactive preparations, and help from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mean ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Sebelius Comments on Flu Vaccine Production Issues
    A press briefing was held today by the CDC to provide an update on the H1N1 influenza outbreak, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Acting Director Richard Besser providing comments and answering questions. Sebelius, making her first trip to the CDC, commented ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs