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Infection Control

Irish hospital uses copper to combat MRSA

St. Francis Private Hospital is the first in the world to use copper doorknobs in an attempt to fightmethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
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Resort closed for cleaning after illness outbreak

OTTERTAIL, MN — Those ill with what appears to be norovirus came into contact with swimming pool and water park area.
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Study: Nearly half of soda dispensers have coliform bacteria

A small study of 30 machines in the Roanoke Valley area found that almost half the machines had bacteria that may indicate fecal contamination.
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Water safety concerns at junior high school after pipe break

Students and faculty unable to use sinks and drinking fountains while officials test for bacteria in the water.
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Survey reveals culture of poor workplace hygiene

LONDON — A recent survey of 1,000 workers revealed that two out of every five organizations have cut back on office cleaning because of the worldwide recession.
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NYC law: No simultaneous asbestos abatement and demolition projects

NEW YORK — The new bill, passed in late November 2009 and recently signed into law, prohibits demolition and asbestos abatement from being performed at the same time until city officials have visited a site and determined that the work can be done safely.
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IAQ project could cost taxpayers $7 million

BERLIN, CT — Although there were no contaminants found in the air, the negative air pressure in the building is thought to be compounding the moisture problem and contributing to student and staff respiratory ailments.
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Infection control poster contest winners announced

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Schoolchildren were tasked with illustrating the importance of good hand washing as it applies to controlling the spread of viruses, bacteria and other infections.
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