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Infection Control

State declares epidemic

SEATTLE — Health officials have declared an epidemic in Washington state following the worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades.
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Labor dispute causing health hazard

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, is facing a shortage of clean rooms due to a lack of custodial staffing.
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Outbreak traced to reusable bag

OTTAWA — A stomach bug outbreak among a girls'' soccer team offers a good lesson in why it''s never a good idea to store anything in a washroom that might later come into contact with food.
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APIC announces outstanding service award recipient

WASHINGTON — Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC, of Louisville, Kentucky, has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
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Remain Vigilant

The official cold and flu season might be coming to an end, but that doesn''t mean you should let infection control and prevention practices lapse.
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Rare bacteria thought to be lab researcher’s cause of death

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Lab workers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center will be urged to get vaccinations for the diseases they study.
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Kimberly-Clark Professional launches The Healthy Schools Project

ROSWELL, GA — Comprehensive hand hygiene program gives students and teachers the tools needed to achieve a healthy, productive classroom.
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Outbreaks highlight importance of cleaners

VANCOUVER, BC — Government and health authorities should not be surprised by out-of-control infection rates and the breakdown of infection prevention and control programs at several British Columbia hospitals.
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Outbreak declared at hospital

BARRIE, ON — A facility wide outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) has been delcared at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
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California "Germinators" honored as hometown heroes

WASHINGTON — Six students from Susanville, California, decided to act up in school — as part of a local campaign to teach handwashing to their fellow classmates and the community at-large.
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