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Norovirus extends students' spring break

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MT. PLEASANT, SC — Moultrie Middle School students had an extra day added to their spring break after the Charleston County School District decided to close the school after several staff members called in sick with norovirus-like symptoms.
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Doctors warn of drug-resistant H1N1 influenza

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BETHESDA, MD — A new study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) warns that drug resistance to the H1N1 influenza virus is a realistic threat that has already occurred in some cases.
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Norovirus outbreak delays swimming and diving championships

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COLUMBUS, OH — The NCAA Division I Men''s Swimming and Diving Championships have been delayed following a norovirus outbreak that sickened at least 18 student-athletes and one coach.
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Bad hand washing habits combated on campus

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LINCOLN, NE — University of Nebraska at Lincoln health officials are working tirelessly to promote proper hand hygiene to reduce the estimated 30 percent of men and 10 percent of women who do not wash their hands after using a restroom.
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New infection control guidelines for <I>Clostridium difficile</I> released

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ARLINGTON, VA — Clostridium difficile recently surpassed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as the biggest viral threat to hospitals and other health care facilities, accounting for at least 480,000 infections and nearly 10,000 deaths annually.
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Cruise ship docked for 72-hour norovirus cleaning

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CHARLESTON, SC — After ending one cruise early and delaying the start of another, Celebrity Cruises has begun performing its first 72-hour deep cleaning since a similar norovirus scare in 2006.
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Researchers: Bleach is best at killing noroviruses

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QUEBEC CITY, QC, Canada — The alcohol- and ammonium-based products tested were 100 times less effective in killing noroviruses than their bleach-based counterparts.
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<I>Shigella</I> bacteria outbreak sickens 78

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LOMBARD, IL — DuPage County Health Department spokesman David Hass says 11 individuals have been hospitalized and 10 of them have been treated and released.
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CDC issues no-sail recommendation after norovirus cruise outbreak

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CHARLESTON, SC — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a no-sail recommendation for the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship in order for workers to investigate the cause of repeating outbreaks of norovirus.
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Thousands may have been exposed to Legionnaires' disease

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CUDAHY, WI — Thousands of people may have been exposed to Legionnaires'' disease at Aurora St. Luke''s South Shore hospital last month.
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