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  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is on the Upswing
    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a potentially deadly tick-borne infection, is increasing throughout the country, most notably in suburban areas, according to research presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). In five years, ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Step Bird Flu Virus Takes to Spread Readily in Humans
    Since it first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997, the H5N1 avian flu virus has been slowly evolving into a pathogen better equipped to infect humans. The final form of the virus, biomedical researchers fear, will be a highly pathogenic strain of influenza that spreads easily ...More
    October 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • ASHES Announces Award Winners
    The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) announces that Weston R. Thiss, MBA, CHESP, is the recipient of the 2007 Phoenix Award. ASHES highest honor, the Phoenix award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact in the ASHES organization ...More
    October 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Danger Will Robinson, Danger!
    I just finished reading a story by AP writer Larry Margasak on how U.S. laboratories are mishandling deadly germs. I am never the first one to hit the panic alarm when I read stories like these. After all, haven’t we become a society that lives and dies by the tabloid? I do ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Unlock Giardia Genome
    WOODS HOLE, Mass. -- Giardia lamblia, one of the most common human parasites in the United States, causes more than 20,000 intestinal infections a year, often through contact with contaminated drinking or swimming water. In the September 28 issue of Science, an ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Drug-Resistant Bugs Get the "STAAR" Treatment
    Kudos to Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-NJ) for introducing H.R. 3697, the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act, which is being supported by infectious disease physicians as an important way to raise awareness of drug-resistant ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Record Number of Kids Expected to Get Flu Vaccine This Year
    Flu vaccination rates among children are expected to hit an all-time high this season, and parents who plan to vaccinate themselves are much more likely to vaccinate their young children against the flu, new research finds. However, only half of high-risk adults plan to get ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Experts Applaud Bill Against "Bad Bugs"
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- With extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, life-threatening drug-resistant respiratory and skin infections, and other "bad bugs" routinely making headlines, infectious diseases physicians are applauding Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Michael Ferguson ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Not just on Star Trek anymore!
    I was driving into work this morning and heard on the news about a teenage boy who was killed by a brain-eating amoeba he picked-up in LakeHavasu. It was something that quickly caught my attention as it sounded very sci-fi—something straight out of Star Trek. This ...More
    September 28, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Joint Commission is Preparing Monograph on Hand Hygiene Measurement Methods
    In September 2006, the Joint Commission launched an initiative to collect comprehensive, innovative and cost-effective hand hygiene measurement methods from healthcare organizations as part of its Consensus Measurement in Hand Hygiene (CMHH) project. The goal is to address ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene