• Germs: A Gift That Keeps on Giving
    It’s always just a little bit satisfying when the rest of the world catches up on the knowledge that ICPs already have; what I mean is, it no longer feels as though you’re the only ones talking about the need for awareness relating to the persistence of pathogens on ...More
    October 2, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Use of Antibiotic to Treat Infectious Eye Disease Trachoma May Increase Risk for Re-Infection
    CHICAGO -- Use of the antibiotic azithromycin to treat trachoma in Vietnam resulted in an increase in the risk of re-infections, according to a study in the Sept. 27, 2006 issue of JAMA. In 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) first published data on global blindness ...More
    October 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Hotel Guests Often Leave Their Cold Behind
    A group of researchers led by a team from the University of Virginia Health System found that adults infected with rhinovirus, the cause of half of all colds, may contaminate many objects used in daily life, leaving an infectious gift for others who follow them. The results ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Reconstructed 1918 Influenza Virus Induces Immune Response that Fails to Protect
    An analysis of mice infected with the reconstructed 1918 influenza virus has revealed that although the infection triggered a very strong immune system response, the response failed to protect the animals from severe lung disease and death. The study which was published by ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Solved: The Mystery of Flesh-Eating Bacteria
    A Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) international research scholar in Israel has discovered one reason why so-called “flesh-eating” bacteria are so hard to stop. Emanuel Hanski, a microbiologist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and colleagues have found that the ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • An Infectious Agent of Deception, Exposed Through Proteomics
    Salmonella bacteria, infamous for food poisoning that kills hundreds of thousands worldwide, infect by stealth. They slip unnoticed into and multiply inside macrophages, the very immune system cells the body relies on to seek and destroy invading microbes. Just how ...More
    October 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • ASHES Award Winners Announced at Conference
    The American Society for Healthhcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announces that Robert Hodnik has been named the winner of the 2006 Phoenix Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact through outstanding contributions to the growth and ...More
    September 28, 2006 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Concerns Outpace Preparedness According to Workplace Survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- As the cold and flu season approaches and as concerns about avian flu rise, workplace preparedness is lagging behind, according to a survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional. Seventy percent of respondents said they believed avian flu was likely to hit North ...More
    September 26, 2006 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • H9N2 Avian Flu Vaccine Paired with Adjuvant Provokes Strong Human Immune Response at Low Doses
    When combined with an immune-boosting substance called an adjuvant, low doses of an experimental vaccine against a strain of avian influenza (H9N2) provoked a strong antibody response in human volunteers, report scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researcher is on a Quest for a Chlamydia Vaccine
    Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. Its symptoms often are mild or absent, but it can cause serious complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. University of Alabama at Birmingham ...More
    September 25, 2006 Posted in News