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12 Infected With New Swine Flu Strain

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12 Infected With New Swine Flu Strain

The days of medical masks at airports and widespread panic may be coming back—that’s because at least 12 humans are believed to have been infected with a new strain of swine flu that’s not covered by this season’s vaccine. The new swine flu strain, H3N2v, has shown at least some potential for human-to-human transmission in those 12 individuals, which makes it especially dangerous. Between 2009 and mid-2010, more than 17,000 people died worldwide from the highly contagious H1N1 swine flu strain, leading the World Health Organization to call the strain a pandemic. The 12 people with the new swine flu strain live in Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania,...

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Study Shows Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Copper

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Study Shows Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Copper

Results from a comprehensive multi-site clinical trial demonstrated that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care unit rooms reduced the amount of bacteria in the rooms by 97 percent and resulted in a 41 percent reduction in the hospital acquired infection rate. According to researchers, this study is one of the first to demonstrate the value of a passive infection control intervention, one that does not rely on staff or patients remembering to take action. The results will be presented on Oct. 21 at the 49th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Boston. Objects in hospital patient rooms are a potential breeding ground...

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Researchers Explore How Contaminated Surfaces Transmit Nosocomial Pathogens

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Researchers Explore How Contaminated Surfaces Transmit Nosocomial Pathogens

In a review article in the latest issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, researchers Jonathan Otter, Saber Yezli and Gary French acknowledge that while outbreaks of infection have been associated with contaminated hospital equipment and environmental surfaces, “the degree to which ongoing contamination of the surface environment contributes to the development of healthcare-associated infections is unclear, and approaches to control are uncertain.” They add further, “Hospital patients shed pathogens into their surrounding environments, but there is debate over the importance of the resulting surface contamination as a source for subsequent...

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Pathogens Linger Despite Terminal Room Cleaning and Disinfection

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in NEW PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY | 0 comments

Pathogens Linger Despite Terminal Room Cleaning and Disinfection

Farrin A. Manian, MD, MPH, of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Infection Control at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, and colleagues, sought to study the frequency of isolation of Acinetobacter baumannii complex (ABC) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from surfaces of rooms newly vacated by patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) ABC following various rounds of routine terminal cleaning and disinfection (C/D) with bleach or one round of C/D followed by hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) treatment. In the study conducted in a 900-bed tertiary care hospital, the researchers obtained ABC and MRSA cultures from hospital...

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