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.


Infection Control News: Aug 20-24, 2018Aug272018

From Globalnews: Can you die from a dog lick? Veterinarian Dr. Ted Morris talks about a rare and potentially deadly bacterial infection that can come from a dog or cat lick. Video.

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths. News

Pregnancy planning for HIV-positive patients. For pregnant women, the chance of transmitting the HIV to the baby is nearly zero. Absolute zero could be achieved if the patient is under antiretroviral therapy before pregnancy and if viral load remains low. News

What is PANDAS? It’s a rapid onset of obs.-compulsive disorder caused by group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus. It cause an initial autoimmune reaction producing a-bodies that interfere with basal ganglia function. Health information. Family testimony

Women should avoid performing animal birthing and breeding activities during pregnancy and also should not handle dogs giving birth or their newborn puppies. See why here. News

Today is…world mosquito day. Find 5 of the deadliest diseases spread by mosquitoes. News.  

Hospital patients who acquire candidemia—a blood infection caused by the fungus Candida that has a high mortality rate—have a 1 in 10 risk of also having Clostridium difficile. Study

For the 2nd wk, CDC has confirmed 4 cases of variant H1N2 flu. The only other variant reported this yr was a H3N2v. The new cases involved exposure to swine at a fairs. Early identification of novel flu viruses are critical so PH measures can be taken. Report

From CIDRAP: 13 health workers infected in DRC Ebola outbreak. Health workers were one of the main factors in the rapid spread of the disease during the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa. News

Improperly sterilized medical equipment at London clinics prompts call for HIV and Hepatitis testing. News

Boil water notice issued for Cornwallis Park. A boil water advisory has been issued for the Cornwallis Park area Tuesday after E. coli was detected in a water sample. About 300 water customers are affected. News

West Nile Virus found in Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex mosquitoes again. This is the third time this month traps across the municipality have tested positive. News

Gut bug enzyme turns blood into type-O. The discovery is enzymes from gut bacteria that can efficiently turn type-A human blood into type-O.
Type-O blood is special because it can be donated to anyone without the risk of a bad mismatch reaction. News

Nouvelle en français: Le scorbut, de retour dans les pays industrialisés. News

Nova Scotia reminds parents to get children vaccinated. News

Scientists have detected West Nile virus in two birds in B.C.’s interior, marking the first time the pathogen has been detected in the province this year. News

Congo approves 4 more experimental treatments as Ebola battle continues. News

Three keys to infection protection. News