Infection Control News: July 2-6, 2018Jul062018

Does a full hospital mean higher infection risk? – A new study finds the opposite to be true. News | Journal

Finally, there’s a way to keep syphilis growing in the lab. News

A century-old cure may help ward off superbugs, the ‘global climate change of health’. News

First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance. News

Five steps to significantly reduce a patients’ risk of UTIs: It’s a good time to go back to basics and remind ourselves of the simple ways we can encourage people to help prevent UTIs. Opinion

How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not. News

Researchers create popular institution-specific antibiotic app. News

Hepatitis B: $20 blood test could help diagnose patients across Africa. News

Lifelong CMV infection improves immune defense in old mice by broadening the mobilized TCR repertoire against third-party infection. Journal

Climate change drives disease-spreading arthropods into new territory. News

A shortcut to testing for Ebola. News  

Health officials warn of measles scare at Vancouver International Airport. News   

Ebola outbreak ‘contained’ as lessons of 2014, trial vaccines avert global panic. News  

Risk of miscarriage in mothers infected with Zika higher than previously thought. News

Extra Dose of Vitamin C Based on a Daily Supplementation Shortens the Common Cold: A Meta-Analysis of 9 Randomized Controlled Trials. Review article


Infection Control News: June 25-29, 2018Jun292018

A new tool called FluVision allows researchers to witness influenza infection in a living animal in action, helping them better understand what happens when a virus infects the lungs and the body responds. News

First mosquitoes carrying West Nile arrive in Winnipeg. News.

Large C. auris outbreak in UK ICU linked to thermometers. News.

NIH-Sponsored Trial of Universal Influenza Vaccine. Journal

Toxic shock syndrome: B.C. teen’s death revives an 80s anxiety. News.

Should Metronidazole Be Recommended for Mild Clostridium difficile Infections? News.

Drug resistance: Is Canada ready for the climate change of human health? News  

‘Natural killer’ immune cells that halt Malaria could hold key to new vaccines. News

Modified polio vaccine helps fight deadly brain tumors. News

The evolving epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection in Canadian hospitals during a postepidemic period (2009–2015). CMAJ article  

High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It. News | Journal

Viruses can cause global pandemics, but where did the first virus come from? News

Congo counts down to declaring end to Ebola outbreak. News.

A perspective on the BETR-D UV study. Blog

In AJIC this month: Integrating staff nurses in antibiotic stewardship: Opportunities and barriers. There are multiple barriers that must be addressed before widespread nurse engagement becomes the norm. Study.



Infection Control News: June 18-22, 2018Jun222018

Allowing needleless connectors to dry after cleaning with antiseptic is essential. Drying time instructions on antiseptic pads/wipes relate to skin use, not inanimate objects. Study found drying time varied from 5 sec to more than 6 min. Study.

Novel compound as effective as FDA-approved antibiotics for treating deadly infections. News

Food Recall. Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Product(s): Now Real Food brand Zesty Sprouting Mix

Recalling Firm: Puresource Inc. Distribution: National. Report.

Study supports safety concerns of world’s only dengue vaccine. A re-examination of trial data showed that Dengvaxia (Sanofi Pasteur) is protective in patients who have been previous exposed to dengue virus but potentially harmful in those who have not. News.

Ottawa Public Health targets under-vaccinated people. News.

In U.K. a teen catches cowpox, a common diseases found in the 18th century. News.

Public health officials in Nova Scotia are advising people to practise good hygiene when interacting with animals after a cat was diagnosed with Q fever in Truro, N.S. News.

York region investigating measles case at Thornhill theatre. The exposure could have expanded to the washroom, concession stands and the theatre lobby. News.

Hospital room cleaning checklist did not account for smaller items containing bacteria. Beckers Hospital Review

From InfectiousDiseaseAdvisor; Overview on Clostridium difficile infection and prevention strategies. Strategies.

Respiratory pathogens are not associated with higher asthma severity presentation. From a study, they were associated with increased treatment failure risk, particularly in the presence of respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and parainfluenza. Study.



Infection Control News: June 11-15, 2018Jun152018

Kitchen towels are full of bacteria — but can they make us sick? The biggest takeaway of this study is how often we should be washing things like kitchen towels. News

All kids should get vaccinated for hepatitis B at birth, experts say. News.

Lungs from hepatitis C-infected donors can be safely transplanted. News.

Reports highlight Klebsiella superbug, other CRE concerns. News.

A microbiological study conclude that single-use and reusable sharps containers pose no risk of transmission of C. difficile. Study.

Polio crippled tens of thousands of Canadians until the Salk vaccine was introduced in 1955. From the Canadian Public Health Association review the story of polio. News.

WHO says Ebola situation in DRC shows promise. News.

CPE are on the rise worldwide. USA guidelines recommend screening for asymptomatic carriers on admission. This study evaluated the benefit of serial screens of CPE and other antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria following hospital admission. Study.

A systematic approach to quantifying infection prevention staffing and coverage needs. In AJIC (05/2018), this study claim that IPC staffing need to be 31 to 66 percent higher for healthcare organizations to sustain an effective infection prevention program. Study.

Cases of syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in southern Alberta. News.

Patients being tested for HIV after nurse reused syringes. Researchers strongly recommend against reusing syringes with IV bags. News.

TB outbreak in Nain (Newfoundland and Labrador) soars to 50 cases. News.

Isolating CD carriers during an outbreak is not associated with a shorter outbreak duration. Study.

What circumstances lead to active failures in transmission-based precautions? This study found frequent failures in practices by hospital personnel, including violations, mistakes, and slips. Study.