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New infection control guidelines for <I>Clostridium difficile</I> 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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<I>Shigella</I> bacteria outbreak sickens 78

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

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

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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SDA Survey Release

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence in the cleaning products they use every day remains strong, according to a survey from The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA). Eighty-eight percent of adults believe
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Alarming rise in cruise ship norovirus outbreaks despite cleaning

CHARLOTTE, SC — Only three months into 2010, there have already been eight cruise ship norovirus outbreaks — a startling number compared to the total 15 outbreaks last year.
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Norovirus warning issued in the state of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FL — There is no known treatment for norovirus, and people with symptoms are encouraged to get plenty of rest, consume extra liquids to avoid dehydration and stay home to avoid spreading the virus.
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Officials: Next wave of H1N1 on its way

WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the pandemic has not waned, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a third wave may be making the rounds.
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