• Only a 'Handful' of Ebola Cases Likely in U.S. Due to Public Health Infrastructure, Expert Explains
    As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa spread, researchers from several institutions including University of Florida’s Ira Longini, PhD, predicted isolated cases would have a 20 percent chance in making their way to the United States. Longini, a professor in the ...More
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  • Ebola Highlights Disparity of Disease Burden in Developed vs. Developing Countries
    A study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that for Ebola, measles, syphilis and many other conditions with skin manifestations the mortality rates are hundreds of times higher in developing countries than they are in developed ...More
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  • New Perspectives for Development of an RSV Vaccine
    Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes severe respiratory tract infections and worldwide claims the lives of 160,000 children each year. Scientists at VIB and Ghent University have succeeded in developing a promising vaccination strategy to counteract this common virus ...More
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  • The Economics of Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring
    Report Summary Hospital executives, infection preventionists and healthcare epidemiologists are by now familiar with a number of givens relating to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs): HAIs are happening, HAIs cost money, and HAIs can be controlled and prevented. This ...More
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  • Researchers Look to Exploit Females' Natural Resistance to Infection
    Researchers have linked increased resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female mice to an enzyme activated by the female sex hormone estrogen. Females are naturally more resistant to respiratory infections than males. Now, an international team of scientists has shown that ...More
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  • Drexel Study Questions 21-Day Quarantine Period for Ebola
    As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases of Ebola Virus in the United States, many of the safety and treatment procedures for treating the virus and preventing its spread are being reexamined. One of the tenets for ...More
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  • Nationality at Birth Plays a Role in U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates
    Foreign-born residents with low vaccination rates and their relatives in the U.S. are at greater risk of exposure to several vaccine-preventable diseases, e.g. influenza; pneumococcal diseases; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; shingles; and HPV, ...More
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  • Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in One Additional Healthcare Worker
    A second healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests performed overnight by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The patient was isolated ...More
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  • Preparing for Ebola in the Operating Room
    As hospitals and healthcare systems across the country evaluate their infection prevention practices for Ebola safety, medical specialties are providing their practitioners with recommendations to prevent contamination and spread of the disease.  To date none of the ...More
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  • CDC Develops a New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and started using a new, faster lab test for detecting enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in specimens from people in the United States with respiratory illness. This test will allow CDC to more rapidly test remaining ...More
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