Infection Control News: Dec 10-14, 2018Dec172018

Northern advocates say new HIV guidelines a win. News.

Vancouver – A new science and data centre at Simon Fraser University (SFU) will help researchers use technology to help stop the spread of resistant diseases and much more. News.

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as ‘very high risk’. News.

Food Recall Report. Reason for Recall:  Salmonella. Product: Canada Herb brand culantro (Ngò Gai). Recalling Firm: Canada Herb. Distribution: Ontario. Food recall report.

Technology helping bring immunization records up to date. News.

Skunk captured in Ayr tested + for rabies. 1 person is receiving treatment after handling another animal that interacted with the infected skunk. Oral vaccine will be dropped for wild animals to eat. Residents should not touch the green coloured pods. News.

Headed to Cuba? Bring repellent. Deadly dengue virus has returned. News.

Antimicrobial stewardship programs have been established in hospitals, but less  in LTCFs, a setting with unique challenges & available resources. Study suggest potential to reduce antimicrobial use in this challenging setting. Study.

Microbes that live at the gym are pumped up on antibiotic resistance. News.

USA: Record number of cases of ‘polio-like’ illness AFM confirmed. There have been 158 cases of the illness in 36 states so far among 311 suspected cases. News.

Study supports indicate that treatment for bacteremia with a 7-day course of antibiotics is non-inferior to a 14-day course. This is a great finding that could have important implications for antibiotic stewardship. Study.

Medical community says Lyme disease is a challenging one in terms of treatment and diagnosis.News

E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm. The PHAC reported 27 illnesses are under investigation in the outbreak as of Dec. 6. In US, 59 people in 15 states are sickened by the tainted lettuce. News.

Plan ahead this holiday season to avoid unnecessary trips to the ER. Our best advise: Get a flu shot & practice good hand hygiene to avoid getting sick over the holidays. News.

BCCDC urges people to get vaccinated as flu season set to worsen. News.


Infection Control News: Nov 12-16, 2018Nov192018

Below are IPAC-Canada’s top tweets for the week of Nov 12-16. To receive these in real time, follow us on Twitter (@IPACCanada) or Facebook.

Antibiotic resistance costing Canada $1 billion per year: IPAC Canada. News

Insect antibiotic provides new way to eliminate bacteria. News

Scouting out bacterial defences to find new ways to counter-attack antibiotic resistance. News

New study sheds light on norovirus outbreaks, may help efforts to develop a vaccine. News

The risk that Ebola will spread to Uganda is now very high. News

Gonorrhea is on the rise, with few options to treat it. News 

A pivotal day in world’s response to Ebola nears: the launch of a clinical trial. News 

Recent incarceration increases HIV and hepatitis C risk for people who inject drugs. News 

Not so fast! Infectious disease specialists are raising concerns about quick tests being used to diagnose conditions like strep throat. CBC radio 


Infection Control News: Nov 05-09, 2018Nov132018

Needle phobia keeps many adults from getting the annual flu shot. Here’s why that fear needs to be addressed, with different ways to fight the fear of needles. News.

Why are there so many shortages of common vaccines? Either there has been a spike in demand somewhere in the world, or there has been a manufacturing problem that is interfering with supply. Find more in this article. News.

Scientists may have found the key ingredient for a universal flu vaccine, and it comes from…llamas. News.

Key study seeks to improve skin infection treatment. News 

Scotland: Treatment fears as deaths from tuberculosis hit 20-year high. A new report has also warned that resistance to first-choice drugs used to treat the disease almost doubled in 2017. News 

Ecological Analyses of Mycobacteria in Showerhead Biofilms and Their Relevance to Human Health. Journal

WHO support South Sudan to train 214 members of the Rapid Response Teams at the national level and in all the Ebola virus disease high-risk states. News.

Heading for a beach vacation? Beware the hookworm. News.

Antibiotics often misused to treat seasonal colds and flu. News.

Many teenagers are not vaccinated against HPV. In Ottawa, 59.9% of 12 yo were immunized during the 2016-17 school year. In Gatineau, 73% of boys and 77% of girls in Grade 4 were vaccinated. This is far from the federal gov target of 90% by 2025. News.

Fraser Health warns of possible measles exposure at Surrey high school in BC. News.

From Global News, Dr. Sarah Burton-Macleod explains why it’s important to get a flu shot, and how serious influenza can be for some people. News.

Ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. WHO said half of all recent deaths are taking place in the Community. This is a worrisome sign as community deaths occur outside of a hospital or Ebola treatment center. News.

Should you worry about acute flaccid myelitis? Video.

Webinar from CDC about Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What Health Care Providers Need to Know.                              Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time). Webinar.


Infection Control News: Oct 29 – Nov 02, 2018Nov052018

National shortage for hepatitis A, B, and for rabies vaccines. The shortage affects vaccines that people would purchase, so not the publicly-funded ones that we can get through health units or healthcare providers. News.

Health Canada said there have been a total of 33 acute flaccid myelitis or AFM cases reported so far in 2018, including 18 confirmed cases and 15 that are still under investigation. News

The CFIA issued a food recall warning for Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers after a salmonella outbreak. So far, 1 person in BC, 3 in Alb, 3 in Sask, 1 in Man, 12 in Ont, 2 in Qc, 1 in NB, 1 in PEI & 1 in NF/Lab have become ill. News.

Dr. Emily Newhouse from Vancouver Coastal Health explains how dangerous the flu virus can be and the millions of people who have died from it around the world since being identified in 1918. Video.

Rubella, the contagious disease that can cause pregnant women to miscarry or result in serious birth defects or stillbirth, has officially been eliminated in Australia. News.

Experimental Antibiotic Gives New Hope Against Superbugs in Clinical Trials. News.

One more study showing jet air dryers contribute significantly to number, type and spread of bacteria in washrooms. News.

Okanagan health officials optimistic this season’s flu vaccine will be more effective than last year. News.

Is Climate Change Causing A Rise In Mosquito And Tick-Borne Diseases? News.

Immunize, get informed: How to prepare for the approaching flu season. News.

New flu shot released for people over 65. News.

Dr. Raj Bhardwaj talks about a new study (from UK) about bed sheets contaminated with C-difficile can spread via hospital laundry even after being thoroughly washed. Audio.

International researchers had made a groundbreaking discovery that could revolutionise treatment of dangerous bacterial infections by switching off the bacteria’s ability to replicate itself. This discovery should allow researchers to develop new drugs. News

CDC confirms 10 new cases of rare polio-like neurological condition. News  

Two studies tie early antibiotic exposure to increased obesity risk. News  

You will never see bacteria contained in your waste the same way. Both naturally and genetically modified, they can transform simple molecules into more complex chemicals. News.

Earlier in 2018, researchers from the Toronto U. published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine linking heart attacks & influenza. They discovered that the risk of a heart attack increases 600% within a week of influenza infection. News.