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Infection Control News: Sept 10-14, 2018Sep142018

Study finds influenza vaccine may be more effective in females than males.  News

ONA wins second decision on “unreasonable and illogical” Vaccinate or Mask influenza policies. News

Antidepressants may cause antibiotic resistance. News

Wal-mart in Surrey, BC that closed over concerns of Legionnaires’ disease reopens. Fraser Health has confirmed seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Surrey, all clustered in the Guildford neighbourhood. News with videos

A new antibiotic uses sneaky tactics to kill drug-resistant superbugs. News |  Journal

Scientists have discovered a new micro-organ hiding in our immune system. A structure that “remembers” past infections and vaccinations—and is filled with immune cells of many kinds which respond to pathogens that the body has encountered before. News | Journal

Common antibiotic slays superbug: By adjusting the antibiotic used to treat antibiotic-resistant strains of the superbugs Klebsiella and E. coli, researchers were able to reduce patient fatality rates from 12.3 per cent to 3.7 per cent. News

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for people who have been exposed to measles and hepatitis A viruses. This could be especially good news for older adults who are more likely to suffer from weakened immune systems and thus have more difficulty fighting off infections. News

Rare antibodies show scientists how to neutralize the many types of Ebola. News

New technique reveals how Zika virus interacts inside our cells. Discovery could enable development of new anti-viral therapies. News

Zika virus strips immune cells of their identity: New lab technique for separating infected and uninfected cells helps reveal how Zika virus manipulates the human immune system. News

First Case Of Monkeypox Diagnosed In The UK: The patient is a Nigerian national who was staying at a naval base in Cornwall. News

A research team has revealed how cells in different parts of the human airway vary in their response to the common cold virus. Their finding could help solve the mystery of why some people exposed to the cold virus get ill while others don’t. News

Eosinopenia and Adverse Outcomes After Clostridium Difficile Infections. Journal  

Zimbabwe cholera outbreak: State of emergency declared. At least 20 people have died in a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, and two thousand have been infected, with the number of cases growing daily. News

Measles alert issued for Skookum festival, other Vancouver locations: Individual who attended the festival is confirmed to have the highly infectious disease. News  

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