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Infection Control News: March 25-29, 2019Apr012019

Zika. The US CDC downgraded its travel restriction guidelines for pregnant women. Zika transmission has dropped in 88 countries. According to the CDC, the only country pregnant women should avoid traveling to is India. NewsCDC zika webpage

The Interior Health Authority has confirmed a new case of measles in 100 Mile House, B.C., nearly two weeks after a previous case of the infection was discovered in the southern Interior community. News.

Chickenpox. Some parents are still choosing to expose children to the chickenpox with an infection party instead of vaccinate their kids. Some experts warns it is a terrible idea as it can cause death and increase risk of getting shingles later on in life. News.

Mozambique – WHO says it is expecting a “spike” in malaria cases after a devastating cyclone. The widespread flooding caused by Cyclone Idai has left large bodies of standing water where malaria-carrying mosquitoes can breed. News.

An 18-year-old woman died on Saturday after contracting a meningitis, prompting Montreal health officials to issue a public warning. News.

What you need to know about recent salmonella outbreaks in Canada. News.

Ebola. Congo’s Ebola epidemic has now exceeded 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry said on Monday, with a death toll of 629 in the world’s second worst ever outbreak. News.

A Montreal pediatrician explains rare strain of meningitis. Video.

Jane Stanton’s life changed after she contracted measles. She even said that it makes her life hell. Now she is calling for people to take-up all available vaccines. Watch also how experts plan to update their campaigns to counter their messages. Vidéo.

Access to soap & water in humanitarian emergencies is limited. According to a research, a wash cloth made from antimicrobial microfiber were more effective than soap & water at removing nonpathogenic E. coli bacteria from hands. Study.

Various studies have shown that many C. difficile cases classified as HAIs are not. In fact, many were colonized on admission. If many cases of CDI are currently classified in IAS, this would have important implications for infection control. Study.

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggests that some infections in childhood could lead to the development of mental illness later in life. Study.

One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are facing in what has become the second-deadliest outbreak in history. News.

A recall has been added to the CFIA’s Food Recall Report. Reason for Recall:  Salmonella. Product: Lee’s Tea brand Teas. Recalling Firm: Lee’s Provisions Inc. Distribution: National  Report.

Mozambique cholera cases jump to 139 a day after outbreak. News.

US begins organ transplants from living donors who have HIV.  News.

A large increase in cholera activity has been under way in Yemen since 2019. The outbreak comes 2 yrs after the country experienced the world’s largest cholera outbreak ever. Nearly 109,000 cases of watery diarrhea and suspected cholera have been reported. News.

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