Infection Control - April 2019

Two Oklahoma hospitals held off spread of ‘superbug’

Both incidents reflect the growing problem of multidrug-resistant Candida auris


Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

Expert says the best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home


Hospitals deploy a range of methods against superbugs

C. auris can survive for weeks outside a patient


Study: 14 percent of new hospital patients carry superbugs

Researchers found multidrug-resistant organisms in 29 percent of patient rooms


Study finds low hand-hygiene compliance in ICUs

Hand-hygiene compliance was lowest when moving from dirtier to cleaner patient-care tasks


Contaminated duodenoscopes linked to 3 new deaths, 45 more infections

FDA says manufacturers must increase post-market studies


Ebola surge experiences two consecutive record-setting days

The surge came just as WHO emergency committee decided the developments did not constitute an international public health emergency


Research links antimicrobial resistance and climate change

Researchers noticed that resistance increased as temperatures warmed in the U.S.


Study says privacy curtains often contaminated with superbugs

Researchers also found bedside curtain contamination was linked to patients becoming colonized with MRSA and VRE


FDA issues final rule on hand sanitizers

The rule says certain active ingredients are not allowed to be used


Study says petting zoos are breeding grounds for drug-resistant superbugs

Petting zoos can result in shedding and transmission of multi-drug resistant pathogens


Legionnaires' cases increasing

The number of people with Legionnaires’ disease grew by nearly five times from 2000-2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Candida auris cases in U.S. rise to 587

The fungus infection is on the rise worldwide


Third baby dies in Glasgow after contracting hospital infection

Two extremely premature babies have already died at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital


Nursing homes using special soap on patients to fight drug-resistant germs

At least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year


Baltimore area hospitals bar youth visitors amid measles concerns

With a case of the measles reported, a health system is not allowing visitors under the age of 14


WHO decides Congo Ebola outbreak is not an international emergency

Declaring the outbreak a 'public health emergency of international concern' would have boosted international response


Scientists see new superbugs in the future

Drug-resistant infections affect 2 million people a year in the United States


E. coli strain found in NYC hospital

Researchers identified a highly resistant strain of Escherichia coli in four patients


Fault-detection software can support Increased air optimization and infectious disease prevention

In the last decade, the number of people getting sick from Legionella bacteria in healthcare and hospital environments has substantially increased


Why Candida auris is an 'emerging threat'

Candida auris is continuing to spread in hospitals around the world


Caution urged in outbreak of deadly fungus in Chicago area

Candida auris has sickened more than 150 people in Illinois, most of them in the Chicago area


Secrecy around drug-resistant outbreaks in hospitals debated

The rise of a deadly drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris has raised questions about the policy of secrecy


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen


Health worker among new Congo Ebola patients

Eighty-two health workers have been infected


CDC: Almost half infected by Candida auris die in 90 days

The fungus, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, is spreading around the world


Hospital vows ‘robust’ cleaning procedures after deaths linked to pigeon droppings

In 2018, two patients at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital died from infection linked to pigeon droppings


Longer terminal cleaning may not be more effective

A study was conducted at an acute care Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple, Texas


1 in 4 healthcare facilities lacks basic water services

UNICEF and WHO say many health centers lack basic facilities for hand hygiene and safe segregation and disposal of healthcare waste


WHO says Congo Ebola outbreak spreading faster than ever

Each of the past two weeks have registered a record number of new cases


26 states report high flu activity

Flu was widespread in 34 states and Puerto Rico for the week ending March 23


Legionnaires’ confirmed in dead Calif. prison inmate

The Stockton facility is a hospital and a prison


Four causes of recent Legionella cases

Establishing three prevention protocols can save lives


Ebola outbreak spreads to another large city in Congo

Bunia is the second-largest city in eastern Congo to confirm a case during the current outbreak



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