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Infection Control News: Oct 1-5, 2018Oct052018

A study in a Winnipeg hospital has found that many privacy curtains become contaminated with a drug-resistant bacteria. Here is a reportage from GlobalNews.ca. News | Journal

Scientists engineer bacteria-hunting virus to kill E. coli in drinking water. News

Study finds cash is a breeding ground for bacteria. News

Reed Biologists Isolate Virus That Preys On Deadly Germs. Newly discovered bacteriophage destroys drug-resistant strains of E. coli. News

A higher-dose flu vaccine is available, but it is not covered in BC, even for seniors. It costs about five times as much as a regular dose, and only reduces the risk of flu by about 0.5 per cent compared to the regular. News video

After contamination, Indian pharma company banned from producing polio vaccines. Last week, three batches of polio vaccines containing 1.5 lakh vials were reportedly found to be infected with type-2 polio virus. News

U.S. FDA OKs ‘new-gen’ antibiotic for pneumonia, skin infections. News  

‘Double agent’ in the immune system may make us vulnerable to bacterial infections. News  

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish flu in NF & Lab. More than 500 Inuit in Lab died when it arrived in their communities. But some people gave up their life to work with influenza patients. Find who in this article. News

From GlobalNews.ca: Flu season this year could be mild – but you should still get your flu shot (we could not agreed more!). Find how experts can predict a flu season in advance. News

A video from GlobalNews.ca on how to prevent flu. Video

Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo is  ‘very high’ after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border, WHO says. Find more in this article from TheStar.com. News

From CBC.ca: The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning the public about increased syphilis cases in Saskatchewan — especially in the northwest. News

3 cases of swine flu, one of them fatal, have been reported in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati city which is seeing a heavy rush of pilgrims to the Lord Venkateswara Swamy temple. Measures are taken and there is “no need to panic”. Find more in this article. News

It is a go for Alberta! The province announced public flu vaccine clinics will open on Oct. 15. News

Candida auris outbreak was linked to reusable axillary temperature probes, study finds. News

Drinking more water reduces bladder infections in women. News  

Zimbabwe to vaccinate 1.4 million people against cholera in Harare, after 49 deaths. News  

Quebec may see record-breaking number of West Nile virus infections in 2018. News.

How does the flu actually kill you? An article from TheSpec.com. News

CHD is a fatal nervous system disease that affect mostly deer. In Qc, decision was made to cull 3K domestic deer. CHD hasn’t been found to pose a threat to humans, but CFIA recommend hunters to test deer they killed. News

Global spread of 3 multidrug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus epidermidis. Lee & colleagues discovered a genetic mutation to be the common cause of rifampicin resistance with S. epidermidis. The routine use of vanco and rifampicin could be the culprit. Study

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