National handwashing campaign reduces incidence of Staphylococcus aureus infection in Australia’s hospitals

Since its implementation in 2009, the National Australian Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) has seen significant, sustained improvements in hand hygiene compliance among Australian healthcare workers, and reduced risks of potentially fatal healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus infection, according to new research being presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April), and published […]

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Brazil tackles measles outbreak with vaccination campaign

Brazil’s health ministry has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children from measles and poliomyelitis. The initiative follows a measles outbreak that affected over 700 people, only two years after the disease was eradicated in Latin America’s largest nation. Health officials also worry that polio may return to Brazil. The measles cases are mostly concentrated in northern states where […]

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U.K. campaign hasn’t aided patient presentations for TIA, minor CVA

(HealthDay)—The Face, Arm, Speech, Time (FAST) public education campaign in the United Kingdom has not improved the response to transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke, according to a study published online July 2 in JAMA Neurology. Frank J. Wolters, M.D., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a prospective population-based study of all patients […]

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