Weekly Rounds: Rare Diseases, VR Training, Antivaccine Influencers, and More

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Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today®’s highlights for the week ending February 17, 2024.

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Here are 5 highlights from Infection Control Today®'s (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.


Alaskapox Virus: First Fatal Case Sparks Statewide Concerns and Expanded Surveillance Efforts

The first death from Alaskapox virus (AKPV) raises alarm in Alaska, prompting expanded surveillance efforts statewide to understand and prevent potential infections.

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Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, Discusses How to Prepare for Rare Infectious Diseases
Health care workers must stay vigilant against rare pathogens. Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, FAPIC, an expert in infection prevention, emphasizes the importance of robust measures and preparedness.

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Comparing Effectiveness of VR, Face-to-Face, and Video Training for PPE Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic

VR training is a game-changer in PPE skills for health care amidst COVID-19. Study shows superiority over traditional methods, revolutionizing safety education, according to a study published today.

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Unveiling the Rise of Antivaccine Influencers Amid COVID-19: Insights From Stephanie Alice Baker, PhD

Stephanie Alice Baker, PhD, delves into the surge of antivaccine influencers during COVID-19, highlighting their impact on vaccine hesitancy and misinformation.

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Leishmaniasis: No Longer Just a Tropical Disease—Now Endemic in the US

A senior microbiologist gives audiences of sister brands, Infection Control Today and Contagion, an insight into leishmaniasis, a potentially fatal disease.

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