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.


Infection Control News: Oct 9-12, 2018Oct152018

Researchers from Penn State University analyzed the bacteria in the mouths of 226 2-year-olds and found that a child’s oral microbiota can be used as a tool to predict weight gain during the first two years of their life. News.

From 5 new Ebola cases confirmed in eastern Congo. The current epidemic in Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces has seen 140 confirmed cases since July, 108 of whom have died. News.

From Doctors have been given permission to give a British man with CJD a pioneering treatment, in a world first. News.

Doggone good germ detective visits Trail hospital: Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital was one of seven Interior Health facilities Angus has checked for C.difficile. News

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said they have found 41 cases of enterovirus A71 infections in children this year — a majority of them in the Denver area.  News

USA sees an unusual rise this year in cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in several states. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) said there have been 38 confirmed cases of AFM this year through the end of September.  News

Interbreeding with neanderthals gave humans virus protections. News  

6 kids in Minnesota develop rare ‘polio-like’ illness and officials don’t know why. News.

What works for treating children’s colds? News.

Hand sanitizer might keep you safer from germs than soap and water…from a study that followed 900 kids. News

Three in 10 ticks positive for Lyme, University of Ottawa research shows. News

100 years ago today: Province shut down over fears of Spanish flu. Really good article from CBC with few photos from newspaper articles dating back to 1918. News.

In USA, an estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. News.

Since July, there have been 9 cases of typhus in downtown Los Angeles, 6 of which infected homeless people. Public Health declared an outbreak last wk. There have also been 20 cases in Pasadena this yr, far more than the 5 typically seen there annually. News.   


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 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 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 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 News

From 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 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