This month's update is still dealing with the mysterious diseases Ebola and MERS and also welcomes the newcomer Enterovirus D68, which is striking the US. It might not be as life threatening as the Ebola virus, but is still grabbing the media's attention and has just claimed the lives of a child this past weekend. These stories give a clear picture:
CNN - 16 September, 2014
Enteroviruses are very common, especially in the fall and winter months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. But this type of enterovirus --Enterovirus D68-- appears to be exacerbating breathing problems in children with asthma.
CBC News Health - 16 September, 2014
Since children seem most at risk, this article presents eight things parents should know about the respiratory virus.
CNN - 4 October, 2014
First victim of Enterovirus D68. Let's hope it's the last.
Washington Post - 02 October, 2014
The current rate of transmission and death is rapidly growing.
NBC news - 02 October, 2014
American health officials are scrambling to settle the critical question of how hospitals handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients - just as a Dallas hospital treats the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil.
Infection Control Today - 26 October, 2014
The way in which the Italian city of Venice dealt with the outbreak of the plague in the 14th century holds lessons on how to even mitigate the consequences of today’s emerging threats, like climate change, terrorism and highly infectious or drug-resistant diseases.
Mers Seems to Be Under Control But Still in the Media
Arab News - 02 October, 2014
No cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported among pilgrims in Makka. Saudi Arabia's health authorities have taken extreme measures to make the Hajj not only a spiritual journey but a healthy one.
More Sterilization Infection Control Stories that Made the Headlines This Month
AAMI.org - 03 September, 2014
Goodbye "flash sterilization" welcome "immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS)".
Dr. Bicuspid.com - 15 September, 2014
An Interview with infection control expert Dr. Tony Edwards about the current and long-term issues facing dental practices. She recommends: "When it comes to infection control, more and more people understand the need to have a trained, qualified person in every practice who is going to help them with their infection control".
Vancouver Desi - 05 September, 2014
Arnold was treated for a dental cavity and was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. It is important to ensure that the doctor open the examination instruments from a sterilized pouch in their presence.
Arab News - 30 August, 2014
A happy Hajj is an infection free Hajj.
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