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Infection Control

BOMA Canada updates Pandemic Planning Program

TORONTO — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada has announced several important updates to its Pandemic Planning Program and website.
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Student dies in third meningitis case on campus this school year

COLUMBUS, OH — Andrea Robinson, an 18-year-old freshman at Ohio University, died after being hospitalized with bacterial meningitis.
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Hundreds of children sick in expected norovirus outbreak

PALM COAST, FL — Health officials are scrambling to determine the source of an outbreak that has left more than 300 people — most of them children — with symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
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University pays $1.2 million in Legionnaires' lawsuit settlement

COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio State University has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by a woman whose husband contracted and died from Legionnaires'' disease after drinking from a water faucet.
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H1N1 hit one in five Americans

WASHINGTON — New estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say one in five Americans have contracted the H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus since the pandemic began.
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Scientists explore plasma as disinfectant

NEW YORK — Several laboratories are developing prototype devices that use plasma to inactivate bacteria, viruses and fungi in seconds.
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School absenteeism down due to hygiene efforts

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA — Attendance at schools in Richmond County has remained constant despite flu season due to increased hygiene awareness.
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Norovirus outbreak confirmed at state prison

BOISE, ID — The private Idaho Correctional Center has confirmed an outbreak of norovirus.
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WHO to determine if H1N1 has peaked

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet for an emergency committee meeting later this month to determine whether the H1N1 pandemic has peaked.
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Hand washing website launched for teachers and students

ATLANTA – Georgia-Pacific Professional has launched the ''Art of Washing Hands'' website, offering interactive hand washing and hygiene information to elementary school teachers and students.
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