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Sep 19, 2012

Sep 19, 2012

New tools aim to improve infection tracking in long-term care

(CIDRAP News) – A national medical organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a pair of new tools designed to set a national standard for the tracking of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in long-term care settings.

Sep 18, 2012

Sep 18, 2012

Infected staff, raw items typify foodborne norovirus outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The United States has an average of one foodborne norovirus outbreak every day, typically involving an infected food worker who handles raw or ready-to-eat items such as leafy vegetables, according to an analysis of 8 years' worth of data.

Jun 05, 2012

Jun 05, 2012

Study links viral GI illnesses to untreated wells

(CIDRAP News) – A study found that low-level viral contamination and a higher incidence of acute gastrointestinal (GI) illness were linked to nondisinfected municipal groundwater in Wisconsin, findings that researchers say could spur regulatory steps.

May 09, 2012

May 09, 2012

Bathroom-stored grocery bag fingered in norovirus outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The role of fomites in norovirus outbreaks has been difficult to pin down, but Oregon health officials today described how a reusable grocery bag left in a bathroom where a patient was sick spread the virus to members of a girls' soccer team and their chaperones.

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