Weekly Rounds: CDC Changes, Ultrasound Contamination Concerns, and More

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending August 12.

Here are 5 highlights from ICT®’s wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Everything from interviews with known opinion leaders, to the news that infection preventionists and other health care professionals can use on their jobs.

CDC Radically Cuts COVID-19 Guidelines Right as School Year Begins: Not All Experts Approve

Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, infectious disease expert, and a former director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH, weigh in on that agency's significantly changed quarantine and distancing guidelines.

Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Transducers Alarms Key Clinician

Using ultrasound transducers is often necessary in the emergency department, but too often the proper procedures to protect against health care associated infections are not followed, and clinicians are worried.

Déjà vu? Langya Virus, New Novel Virus, Identified in China

Identified in at least 35 people in eastern China, a new type of henipavirus, Langya virus, is suspected to have infected shrews before jumping to humans.

Is Polio Resurging? Readers’ Questions Answered by Infectious Disease Expert

Infection Control Today® asked Matt Pullen, MD, the questions from our readers about the NY polio patient.

Infection Preventionists’ Detective Work Stopped an Outbreak of CRAB

A carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) cluster was identified and stopped because of due diligence of the infection preventionists at an acute care facility in Louisiana.