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Infection Control

Characteristics of high-quality infection preventionists

TOWSON, MD — Karen Mackie, infection control manager at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC), explains five must-have characteristics of top-tier infection preventionists.
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No MRSA in this hospital

CROYDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Although no MRSA cases were recorded, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust did see 27 cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
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School shut down by virus

GERMANTOWN, OH — Valley View Local Schools will be closed until Monday because of an outbreak of a highly contagious virus.
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Recent study reveals poor hospital cleaning

PETERBOROUGH, ON — The health of hospital patients, staff and visitors is increasingly at risk, according to a March 2012 study.
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Resident tests positive for "novel" flu

OGDEN, UT — An unusual strain of influenza that has hospitalized three people in the U.S. and is not included in this year''s vaccination, has been identified in Weber County.
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Live experiment shows effect of antimicrobial copper surfaces

NEW YORK — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — the super virulent bacteria that is a leading cause of infections during patient hospitalization — has met its match: Antimicrobial copper.
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Prisons risk widespread flu outbreaks

ATLANTA — U.S. health officials advise that correctional facilities should have measures in place to prevent and contain instances of the influenza virus among staff and prisoners.
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Privacy curtains contaminated within one week

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — For one person in 20, spending the night in a hospital will lead to an infection.
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School hit with norovirus outbreak

FREEMONT, NH — Ten percent of students at the Ellis School have been sick since last Wednesday.
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Cases declining, but flu still a threat

WASHINGTON — Influenza activity in the U.S. showed signs of decline in data reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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