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  • Mandatory HPV Vaccination is Unwarranted and Unwise, Experts Suggest
    The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil in the U.S., is intended to prevent four strains of the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. The vaccine also prevents against cervical cancer. While the vaccine represents a significant public ...More
    November 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germiest Jobs in America
    I couldn’t resist telling you about an article on the 10 germiest jobs in America, with input from our favorite microbiologist, Charles Gerba, PhD, at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Healthcare providers came in at No. 4 on the list, but can you guess who is No. 1? ...More
    November 12, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Purdue Researcher Creates SARS-Stopping Molecule
    By Elizabeth K. Gardner WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University researcher has created a compound that prevents replication of the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and could lead to a treatment for the disease. "The outbreak of SARS in 2003 led ...More
    November 11, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • “Airport Malaria” is Cause for Concern in the U.S.
    In a global world, significant factors affect the spread of infectious diseases, including international trade, air travel and globalized food production. "Airport malaria" is a term coined by researchers to explain the more recent spread of malaria to areas such as the ...More
    November 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Google Goes "Big Brother" to Fight the Flu
    The New York Times is reporting today that Google is unveiling a new Web-based tool, Google Flu Trends, which tracks users’ searches using keywords such as “flu season” and “flu shots,” etc., to be able to track potential flu outbreaks. Is this ...More
    November 11, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • APIC Releases Results of C. diff Prevalence Study
    The life-threatening bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions, Clostridium difficile, is sickening many more patients than previously estimated, according to a new study released today by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control ...More
    November 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Welcome to Musing About Microbes
    Welcome to the new ICT blog, Musing about Microbes.  My name is Nancy Haberstich and I am an infection preventionist and consultant. In the “afternoon of my career” I have focused my attention and given priority in my consulting to what I call ...More
    November 10, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Survey Reveals Nearly Half of Adults Won’t Get a Flu Shot
    YONKERS, N.Y. – According to a new survey from Consumer Reports Health, just 52 percent of Americans plan to get the flu vaccine this year, despite its being the best option for prevention.  The Consumer Reports Health survey uncovered a long list of poor excuses ...More
    November 10, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • High Temperatures Decrease Antifungal Properties of Contact Solution Implicated in Recent Eye Infection Epidemic
    CHICAGO – Exposure to prolonged temperature elevation reduces antifungal activity of a contact lens solution that was implicated in the epidemic of the eye infection Fusarium keratitis that occurred between 2004 and 2006, according to a report in the November issue of ...More
    November 10, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Antibiotic Use Increases at Academic Medical Centers
    CHICAGO – Antibacterial drug use appears to have increased at academic medical centers between 2002 and 2006, driven primarily by greater use of broad-spectrum agents and the antibiotic vancomycin, according to a report in the Nov. 10 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    November 10, 2008 Posted in News