News & Perspective

Aug 31, 2010

Aug 31, 2010

SHEA joins call to require flu shots for health workers

Editor's note: This story was revised Sep 1 to reflect a recent change in the Infectious Diseases Society of America's position on mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers.

Aug 27, 2010

Aug 27, 2010

West Nile infections raise preparedness concerns in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – A West Nile virus (WNV) seroprevalence study of Italian organ donors revealed that 1.2% of 1,248 serum samples were positive and that some of the donors who had been exposed to the virus were from regions where infection wasn't thought to be a risk.

Aug 24, 2010

Aug 24, 2010

Study finds pandemic sorely tested hospital mask, respirator supplies

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers studying facial personal protective equipment (PPE) data at three Vancouver hospitals found that use of surgical masks and N-95 respirators during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was seven times greater than earlier supply estimates and tested the plans hospitals had in place.

Aug 20, 2010

Aug 20, 2010

Experts offer perspective on NDM-1 resistance threat

(CIDRAP News) – The recently reported factor that can make gram-negative bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics is a serious concern but does not necessarily top the list of resistance worries for healthcare in the United States, say two antimicrobial resistance experts who discussed the threat this week.

Aug 19, 2010

Aug 19, 2010

HHS sees greater federal role in building biodefense tools

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials, in releasing today a blueprint for overhauling the nation's civilian biodefense program, called for increased government partnerships with the private sector and a number of innovative steps to boost the development of medical countermeasures (MCMs) that have little or no commercial market.

Aug 19, 2010

Obama's science advisors outline plan for faster pandemic vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In light of vaccine production problems that delayed the delivery of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, a report by President Barack Obama's science advisers released today said targeted investments in five specific areas could trim the time needed to quickly produce enough to protect the nation by weeks or months.

Aug 10, 2010

Aug 10, 2010

WHO says H1N1 pandemic is over

Note: Substantial material was added to this article at 6:15 p.m. US Central Time on the WHO's pandemic response and the role of public health going forward.

(CIDRAP News) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns and many people have immunity to the virus.

Aug 05, 2010

Aug 05, 2010

H3N2 flu outbreaks, cases trigger CDC alert

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging healthcare providers to be alert for influenza cases, following the reporting of two small outbreaks of influenza A/H3N2 in Iowa and scattered H3N2 cases in 11 other states.

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