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  


Infection Control News: Sept 4-7, 2018Sep102018

Having to pay for your own shingles vaccine isn’t ageism, BC tribunal rules. News

8 stories you should read during Sepsis Awareness Month. News

B.C. health researchers advance HIV progress with new method addressing dormant strains. News  

There are currently 1.2M Canadian children living in low-income housing. 25% of them did not received full recommended doses of diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus vaccine by the age of 2. Find more about this National Study for Canadian children. News.

There’s a new antibiotic in town, and we can create it in the lab. News  

New Ebola virus found in bats, potential to infect humans. News

USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for syphilis infection in pregnant women. News  

Antibiotic resistance: 8,000 new drug combinations are effective. News  

Synthetic DNA vaccine effective against influenza A virus subtype. News

Reducing healthcare-associated infections incidence by a probiotic-based sanitation system: A multicentre, prospective, intervention study. Journal

Company that calls vaccines ‘chemical stressors’ under scrutiny by college of chiropractors. News.

India’s flood-ravaged Kerala state is facing shortages of a drug that fights leptospirosis after the worst flooding in a century, forcing authorities to turn to other states to help ramp up supplies. News.

Whooping cough is making a comeback. Here’s why. News. More info from

10 people who fell ill on Emirates flight to New York appear to have the flu, officials say. News.

From Cockroach infestations on the rise in Edmonton and they’ve become, number-wise, probably as problematic as bedbugs these days. News.

Ebola in Congo: Experts worry the outbreak could escalate after a woman died in Butembo, a city of about 1 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. News.

No, it is not the bathroom. A study found respiratory viruses on 10% of surfaces, with security trays as the most common culprit. They are also found at passport checking counters. No respiratory viruses were found on toilet surfaces. Study.

Cholera ruled out after suspect case on Algeria-France flight. News

Compliments chili powder recalled over salmonella risk. News.

A 4 YO girl develops sepsis after trying on shoes without socks — is that possible? This article highlights other causes (other than not wearing socks when trying on new shoes) that could have caused sepsis. News.

From Hepatitis cases unrelated to Stittsville clinic. So far, based on diagnosis dates, clinic procedure dates & risk factors, there is no evidence that cases of hep B or C were due to the IPC lapse at the clinic. News.

Good governance, clean water, & sanitation necessary to curb global antibiotic resistance. News


Infection Control News: Aug 27-31, 2018Sep012018

Measles reported at New Westminster outdoor pool. News

Advice on how to make wellness a priority while flying. News

Scabies outbreak contained at two health-care facilities. News.

Read this Canadian Case Study about Scabies outbreak in CJIC. p 133-141: Study

Why does Europe suddenly have measles? News

Section 3 and 4 have been added to CDC’s FREE online antibiotic stewardship training course. Visit the Continuing Education and Informational Resources for more information on this course and others. Online education

Bat bite prompts rabies warning in central Ontario: A woman was bitten by a rabid bat in her home in Kawartha Lakes, about 345 kilometres southwest of Ottawa. News

Beware Canadian travellers if you planning to visit southern part of U.S. You may encounter the deadly kissing bug. This insect carries Chagas and it bites your face and around your mouth at night. News

HPV & Hep B vaccine will switch to 2 doses in Gr. 6. Change will take effect in 19-20 school yr in Alberta. The province says the timing change aligns with a number of jurisdictions in Canada that have already adopted a two-dose schedule for both vaccines. News

Study: Impact of a dementia care program in Hospitals and Hospital-Acquired Complications. 1st outcome of a Dementia Care Program is the reduction in UTI, pressure injuries, pneumonia and delirium. 2nd outcome included patient quality of life. Study

This review highlights the challenges that influenza viruses pose for vaccine design.  It considers the benefits that have been achieved with vaccines against other infectious diseases, as well as the barriers to achieving similar success against influenza. Study

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Get more information on what could be done to prevent sepsis at Patient Safety Institute. and at the CDC. Other information/education material

From New or Upcoming Treatment Options for MDR Bacteria. Find more about the recently approved agents and agents in late stage development for multidrug-resistant bacteria and their potential role in treatment. Information

AJIC: Changes in knowledge & attitudes of hospital environmental services staff: The REACH study. Results indicate staff have knowledge & understand the importance of their role. They perceived lack of support, feedback, & investment in cleaning resources. Study.