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Infection Control

MRSA reported in high school

TRAVERSE, MI — Students are taking extra precautions at Traverse City West High School, where two unlinked cases of MRSA have been reported this school year.
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Study finds hand disinfectants do little in terms of prevention

WASHINGTON — A team of researchers led by University of Virginia cold expert Ronald Turner found in a nationwide study that alcohol-based hand disinfectants fail to significantly reduce the frequency of infection from either the rhinovirus or the influenza virus.
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Public hand washing takes a hike

BOSTON — Mom''s advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through.
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Cockroaches could help fight bacteria

LONDON — Cockroaches and locusts, which are widely reviled for their dirty image, could actually be more of a health benefit than a health risk.
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Medical surgical ICU infection rate drops to zero

SYRACUSE, NY — The infection rate in Upstate University Hospital’s medical surgical intensive care unit, which had been one of the highest in the state in 2008, dropped to zero last year.
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Health officials expect decline in H1N1 cases from last year

PHOENIX, AZ — A state health official says that the worst of H1N1 passed last flu season, but don''t put away the hand sanitizer just yet.
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Fight back against food borne illness during National Food Safety Education Month

PHILADELPHIA — Hygiene expert offers simple tips to improve food handling and cleaning with a focus on hygiene.
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Cintas releases infection preventionist survey results

CINCINNATI, OH — Study shows infection control teaming up with environmental services to improve infection control efforts.
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<i>C. diff</i> outbreak at Nanaimo hospital is over

VANCOUVER, BC — The Vancouver Island Health Authority declared the latest outbreak of Clostridium difficile at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital over after nearly five months.
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Survey looks at industry's reaction to H1N1

PETERBOROUGH, ON, CANADA — A recent survey polled 131 JanSan distributors and their customers regarding their thoughts on last year''s H1N1 scare and its impact on the professional cleaning industry.
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