• Cooling Towers House New Bacteria-Infecting Amoebas
    An amoeba is infected with a novel bacterium, CC99. Numerous coccoid bacteria fill the nucleus of the amoeba 48 hours after infection as it begins to rupture. Art/Mary Farone Results of a new study published online by Environmental Science & Technology suggest these ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Viruses Can Jump Between Primates and Humans
    Viruses that jump the species barrier between monkeys and humans can harm both people and animals, and we should take steps to reduce the risk of virus transmission. That's the message running through the September issue of the American Journal of Primatology, a special ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Information on Outbreak of Eye Infection Linked With Use of Certain Contact Lens Solution
    Researchers have additional information concerning the recent outbreak of the corneal infection Fusarium keratitis, which was associated with use of a specific contact lens solution, according to a study in the August 23/30 issue of JAMA. After preliminary findings from ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Prevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 in U.S. Decreasing
    It appears the recent trend in the increasing prevalence of herpes simplex virus type 2 in the U.S. has been reversed, with a reported decrease in the number of people with the virus in recent years, according to a study in the August 23/30 issue of JAMA. The prevalence of ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Preparedness Still Lacking in Light of 9/11, Katrina, and Pandemic Flu Scare
    I have been watching with interest the results of this month’s ICT Poll which asks, “Do you believe the United States is prepared for an influenza pandemic?” So far, with approximately 200 votes cast, 88 percent of you say “No.” I bring this up, because I was reading about ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC and APHL Make Influenza Virus Sequence Data Publicly Accessible
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released genetic blueprints for more than 650 genes of influenza viruses into a database accessible to researchers worldwide. The action marks the beginning of a collaboration between the CDC and the ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • The Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
    Considering how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many misconceptions. Dr. Seth Feltheimer, an associate attending physician, and Patricia Ciminera, nurse practitioner at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, offer their ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • ICU Medical, Inc. Launches First Hemodialysis Catheter Protection Device
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- ICU Medical, Inc., a leader in needle-free intravenous connection devices for the healthcare industry, has released the Tego Connector, the first catheter protection device designed specifically for use in hemodialysis treatments. The Tego protects ...More
    August 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Barbara Soule Appointed as Consultant on Infection Control for JCR
    OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces the appointment of two consulting practice leaders to provide innovative solutions in two critical focus areas for healthcare organizations: accreditation improvement and infection prevention and control. JCR is ...More
    August 22, 2006 Posted in News
  • Who's Who in Infection Prevention
    We are launching our first-ever Who’s Who in Infection Prevention, a special section in the November issue of ICT that celebrates the contributions of outstanding individuals. ICT is calling for nominations of these deserving practitioners who are making a difference in the ...More
    August 22, 2006 Posted in Blogs