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  • Pertussis Epidemic in California May be Worst in 50 Years
    Urging Californians to get vaccinated now, Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), warned today that the state is on pace to suffer the most illnesses and deaths due to pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in 50 ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • 2010 Who's Who in Infection Prevention
    We present our annual list of exceptional individuals working in infection prevention and control, as nominated by Infection Control Today magazine readers. Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention agenda. For ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Clostridium difficile: The Newest Superbug Beats Out MRSA
    Evolution of a SuperbugAccording to Becky A. Miller, MD, who presented study results at an oral session at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections 2010, hospital-onset, healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • New Medical Weapons to Protect Against Anthrax Attacks
    The 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States are fostering development of a new generation of vaccines, antibiotics, and other medications to protect people against the potentially deadly bacteria in any future bioterrorist incident. That’s the conclusion of a ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • First Preliminary Profile of Proteins in Bed Bugs’ Saliva
    The saliva of bed bugs contains unique substances that could lead to vaccines to prevent allergic responses to the bugs’ bite. With bed bugs reemerging as a nuisance in some parts of the country, scientists are reporting the first preliminary description of the ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Experts Say Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan is Cause for Alarm
    The rapidly growing polio outbreak in Tajikistan raises serious concerns that the disease could spread to other regions in the world, states an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). It is imperative that health agencies attempt to limit further ...More
    June 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Mixed Results on Effectiveness of Surgical Care Improvement Measures
    An analysis of data on adherence to surgical care improvement measures finds that when analyzed as a composite infection-prevention score, the improvement measures were associated with a lower probability of post-operative infection. However, adherence to individual ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Identifies Reasons for Higher Rate of Severe Sepsis Among Black Patients
    A greater frequency of severe sepsis among black patients is attributable to higher rates of infection and higher risks of organ dysfunction than what white patients experience, according to a study in the June 23/30 issue of JAMA. Severe sepsis, defined as infection ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Poll: Employers Took Measures to Protect Workers from H1N1 Flu
    In response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic, most employees at U.S. businesses say their company took measures to protect them from illness, such as encouraging sick employees to stay home, according to a national poll of employees by researchers from the Harvard Opinion ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hand Hygiene Compliance Boosted by Culture of Safety, Accountability
    ICT spoke with John M. Boyce, MD, hospital epidemiologist and chief of infectious disease at Saint Raphael Healthcare System in West Haven, Conn., and Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president of the Premier Safety Institute, about how to boost hand hygiene compliance rates in ...More
    June 22, 2010 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene