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March 2016

MRSA closes Community College

The Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommended measures to thoroughly disinfect the Field House and stop the potential spread of the skin infection. MRSA outbreak info here

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Measles and whooping cough outbreaks

In an analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., epidemiologists scoured reports of measles and pertussis outbreaks to glean what role vaccination refusal and hesitance played. They also considered the effect of waning immunity among those who were vaccinated Complete article here

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MRSA and athletics

One of the most common resistant germs we encounter today is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, fondly known as MRSA. Once only encountered in hospitals, MRSA has been spreading outside hospital walls, resulting in more and more folks in the general community becoming infected in the last decade. And athletes should know, as they have been at…

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MRSA, an on-going threat

“Eighty-five to 90 percent of the cases are related to sports — related to that type of environment. It is not required to be reported to the health department unless it becomes an outbreak,” Read the entire article here

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Transmission of deadly C. diff infection – Yale research study

A Yale-led study estimates transmission rates inside and outside of hospitals, providing insight into different sources of the infection and how it might be better controlled. Previous studies found that less than half of C. diff infections in hospitalized patients could be attributed to spread from other infected patients. “It’s traditionally been thought of as…

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Norovirus Outbreak

The virus, which causes diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps in people of all ages, spread rapidly to several students at the Boynton Beach elementary school, on Lawrence Road north of Gateway Boulevard. Read more here

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Fast spreading Enterovirus a concern

Patrons of a 24 Hour Fitness in Santa Clarita expressed their concerns Monday night about allegations that the gym had recently been the site of an outbreak of the highly contagious virus. Learn more here

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Infection control needed at college

  The cancelation of events, including intercollegiate athletics and club sports, was effective immediately. Alison Byerly, president of the Easton school, announced in an update on Lafayette’s website that the outbreak had been confirmed as norovirus, following testing by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Canceling classes and activities aims to minimize student contact with visitors to the…

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Pandemic response planning

  At this point, you have probably seen and heard quite a bit about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now reported travel-associated cases of the Zika virus in more than 20 U.S. states. Even so, is it really something with which to concern yourself? In today’s global environment,…

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Legal Liability for HAIs: Understanding Infection Prevention’s Role in Risk Management

Enhancing quality, promoting patient safety and ensuring value is the healthcare industry’s current trifecta, but there are many more imperatives from a regulatory perspective, including shifting from volume-based to value-based reimbursement, enhancing transitions and reducing hospital readmissions, and improving patient satisfaction and engagement. In concert with these efforts comes the prevention of adverse events and…

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