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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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Rare meningitis outbreak declared at university

COLUMBUS, OH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an outbreak and launched an investigation into seven cases of meningitis at Ohio University (OU), the latest of which resulted in a death.
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Study: Bulk soap dispensers leave 10 times more bacteria on students' hands

AKRON, OH — A study conducted by GOJO Industries found that washing with soap from open refillable bulk soap dispensers left ten times the amount of bacteria on students'' hands when compared to washing with soap from sealed refills.
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Officials confirm hantavirus death, urge caution when cleaning

GREELEY, CO — The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the death of a resident was caused by hantavirus pulmonary syndrome spread by mice.
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Anthrax remediation costs add up quickly

DURHAM, NH — The remediation of an arts center where a woman was exposed to anthrax will cost upwards of $70,000.
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Preventative cleaning only solution for rare bacteria

HAMILTON, OH — There are no antibiotics developed to fight the lesser-known acinetobacter baumannii category of bacteria, leaving cleaning and sanitation as the only tools to prevent infection.
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Study: HAIs killed 48,000, cost $8 billion in one year

WASHINGTON — A new study reveals that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) like MRSA killed 48,000 people and cost over $8 billion to treat in 2006.
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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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