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  • Scientists Identify Proteins That Neutralize Multiple Strains of Seasonal and Pandemic Flu
    Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses. These human monoclonal antibodies, identical ...More
    February 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infection Prevention Lacking in Canadian LTC Facilities
    Infection prevention and control resources and programming in Canadian long-term care facilities fall short of recommended standards, a new Queen's University study shows.Led by professor of community health and epidemiology Dick Zoutman, the national survey of 488 ...More
    February 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Field of Germs: Food Safety is in Farm Workers’ Hands
    The recent Salmonella outbreak linked to 575 illnesses and eight deaths across 43 states was shown to come from a dirty peanut processing plant in Georgia. And while it is essential for food processing plants to be clean and sanitary, Temple University public health ...More
    February 20, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Project to Study Methods to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs
    Hospital associations in 10 states have been selected to participate in a program to test methods of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), according to HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.The states are ...More
    February 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Online Collaboration Identifies Bacteria
    A new Web site has been launched which allows scientists everywhere to collaborate on the identification of bacterial strains. This new resource, described in the open access journal BMC Biology, provides a portal for electronic bacterial taxonomy.The multilocus sequence ...More
    February 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Advocates for HAI Funding in Stimulus Bill
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it applauds Congress and President Obama for acting on the comments of more than 2,000 of its members who urged their representatives to include funding to help eradicate ...More
    February 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Visible Mold Puts Infants at Risk for Asthma Development
    Visible mold exposure early in life may be a strong risk factor for early asthma development, but exposure to mold components with no visible mold present may have an opposite effect according to a study published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, ...More
    February 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • 'Five-in-One' Vaccine Increases On-Time Immunization in Children
    A "5-in-1" combination vaccine increases the percentage of children receiving all recommended vaccinations at the scheduled time, reports a study in the February issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. The combination vaccine reduces by half the number of days ...More
    February 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Calls for Increased Research in Flu Transmission to Prepare for Pandemic Outbreak
    Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have completed a study to better understand the impact of infection control measures during a possible flu pandemic. Their study focused on the likelihood of the transmission of flu from individuals showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) or ...More
    February 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • SHEA President Issues Statement on New MRSA Study
    A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a decrease in catheter-associated bloodstream infections caused by both methicillin-resistant and methicillin-sensitive S. aureus. The 10-year national study, “Methicillin-Resistant ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News