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Another day, another cruise ship Norovirus outbreak

According to CNN Federal health officials are investigating another possible norovirus outbreak aboard a cruise ship that just ended a Caribbean voyage.A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist boarded the ship when it arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, February 22 the agency said. The investigators will “conduct an environmental…

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One fifth of health care facilities lack adequate hand sanitizers- study

Newswise — (NEW YORK, NY, February 27, 2014) – Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don’t make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent health care-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the…

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Dangerous germs found on most hospital paperwork/charts

February 26 — A hospital study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE indicates that paper medical charts may carry germs that can cause patient infections, according to The Examiner. The study covered 681 hospital wards, including medical, surgical, pediatric and obstetric-gynecologic wards, along with corresponding special units like intensive care, the article stated. According…

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Bacteria and other microbes lurk everywhere

You’re not being paranoid – there are disease-causing bacteria and viruses on just about every surface you touch: at the office, supermarket, gym, even your own home! But if you avoid coming into contact with germy objects and get smart about cleaning, you can reduce your risk of getting the flu virus or something more…

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Norovirus closes gymnastics facility

The Norwalk virus is the best known of the norovirus group, which affect the human gastrointestinal system. Outbreaks of the Norwalk virus usually occur where a large number of people are confined to a relatively small space. Outbreaks can occur anywhere contaminated drinking water or swimming water exist, and are known to affect camps, cruise…

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Are your co-workers making you sick?

Fourth Annual Staples Survey Shows Alarming Increase in Sick People Coming to Work Contagious, Despite Knowing How to Try to Prevent the Flu Staples offers products, tips to help employers and employees through flu season FRAMINGHAM, MA — Nearly 90 percent of office workers come to work even when they know they are sick, according…

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Bacteria lurks on soft surfaces too

No matter what type of facility you work in, whether it is a hotel, office, school or even a long-term care facility, there are contaminated soft surfaces that need attention. From carpets and upholstered furniture to mattresses, curtains and bedspreads, soft surfaces, just like all hard surfaces, are potential reservoirs of harmful bacteria that can…

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