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Infection Control

Norovirus closes Harvard Faculty Club twice in one week

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Harvard Faculty Club, which was closed on March 30 because of a norovirus scare, will remain closed for at least seven days while the entire building is cleaned and disinfected.
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'Strep zoo' infection prompts deep cleaning at animal shelter

HUNTING PARK, PA — After all of the animals are removed from the shelter, every surface in the facility will be degreased and disinfected before new animals are brought in — a process expected to take four days to complete.
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Utah hospitals are exceptions to increase in C. diff cases

OGDEN, UT – A study of 28 Southeast hospitals done by Duke University showed C. diff was 25 percent more common than MRSA.
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Norovirus extends students' spring break

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

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

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

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 Clostridium difficile released

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

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

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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