Infection Control News: January 14-18, 2019Jan222019

World. Mumbai, India. Leprosy cases spikes in 2018 from prev year. As per data, 10% of the new cases were found in children, a sign of the diseases actively spreading. News.

Canada sending emergency management expert to help fight Ebola in West Africa. News.

USA. A research consortium has begun enrolling patients in a clinical trial to determine whether fecal microbiota transplantation delivered by enema is a safe and effective treatment for recurrent C difficile infection. News.

USA. Emergence of Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi Infections Among Travelers from Pakistan. Since 2016, 5 children in the US have been diagnosed with the disease from Pakistan, where a large ongoing typhoid outbreak has sickened 5,300 people. Report.

Even if this flu season appears to be less severe than last yr, an article from CBC remind us to get the flu vaccine. Most of the diagnosed strains have been H3N2 & H1N1. We haven’t seen much of the B strains yet & we are only half way through flu season. News.

A 1y prospective study following children ages 4 to 8 y looks at the differences between uncomplicated URIs and those that precede sinusitis. Children with sinusitis have more frequent URIs & are more likely RSV +. Study

Study. Patients with indwelling urinary catheters, a history of recurrent urinary tract infections or recent antimicrobial use are at a higher risk for community-acquired ESBL UTIs, according to researchers. Study.

Infants born from mothers with severe influenza requiring ICU care were at risk of several adverse health outcomes like; born younger than 37wks, have low birth weight & have Apgar scores of 6 or lower at 5 min. Study.

Study. A large retrospective study of family physicians in Canada has found that prolonged antibiotic treatments are common, especially among physicians in the later stages of their career. Study.



Infection Control News: January 7-11, 2019Jan142019

Accelerating the elimination of viral hepatitis. The Lancet

This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it? News   

Scientists develop universal Ebola treatment effective in single dose. News  

New virus similar to Ebola found in China. News  

Marburg virus, a cousin to Ebola, has been found in bats in West Africa. News  

A Virus Even More Dangerous Than Zika to Pregnant Women. News  

Particularly brutal flu season sees 24 Canadians die. CBC video

Another tough flu season hits Canada, affecting children harder. News  

H1N1 is the dominant flu strain around Ontario this flu season. News

Flu cases surging with children and teens most vulnerable. News  

Influenza has killed 3 unvaccinated Sask. preschoolers so far this season: public health officials. News  

U.S. scientists chart maps of world regions of possible origin of Zika virus. News 


Infection Control News: December 31, 2018 to January 4, 2019Jan092019

American doctor being monitored in US after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in Congo. News.

Quebec hospitals overflowing as province hit with widespread flu. News.

In this short video, residents of a small Alberta town recall their deadly brush with 1918’s Spanish flu. Video.

Why you don’t need to fear ticks lurking in your Christmas tree. News.

Prince Rupert boil water advisory: Since Dec. 14, 12,000 residents will have to continue boiling their water or using bottled water. Unacceptable levels of cryptosporidium and giardia were detected in water samples. News.

Flu season is here, but it’s not too late for your shot. News.

Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country’s troubled presidential election, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. News.

Scientists have found the most likely source of Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which is the worst in recorded history. Since 2016 the epidemic has affected a million people and caused 2,770 deaths. News.

Diarrhea was the main symptom from that a man experienced after a stay in Kuwait. This report described the man’s symptoms, work-up and care. Report Report.

A study has found that patients in the community who have indwelling urinary catheters, a history of recurrent UTIs, or recent antimicrobial use are at heightened risk for UTIs caused by ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Study.

17 Albertans with confirmed cases of influenza have died so far this flu season. News.


Infection Control News: Dec 17-19, 2018Dec202018

Despite the existence of detailed guidelines, this study from Johns Hopkins Hospital identified 103 ways that HCW can potentially self-contaminate while doffing PPE. Study.

There is a growing body of literature that show contamination in the anesthesia work area…resulting in transmission. Anesthesia-specific infection prevention and control policies in the OR are not universal. Guidance.

How long do cold and flu viruses stay contagious on public surfaces? News

Vaccine using microneedle patch with RSV virus, immune-stimulating compound is effective against RSV. News

Canadian food agency recalls some types of cauliflower, lettuce due to E. coli fears. News.

Hedley, B.C. residents have been without safe tap water for a week. News.

C Difficile: A Landscape of Proactive & Reactive Treatment. News 

The DRC confirmed 18 new Ebola cases, including 9 deaths. This bring to 539 cases, (491 confirmed & 48 probable). 315 people died since the outbreak began in August. News.

Highly contagious bugs behind increases to Calgary ER visits. News.