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INFORMATION ABOUT INFECTIONS - DID YOU KNOW?



WHO names 12 bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health


Antibiotic resistance could make c-sections, transplants and chemotherapy too dangerous to perform, warns World Health Organisation
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/27/world-health-organisation-12-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-threat-human-health?CMP=share_btn_fb 

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Safe Injections Watch the One & Only Campaign's Newest Videos!


The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The campaign aims to eradicate outbreaks resulting from unsafe injection practices. 

http://www.oneandonlycampaign.org/content/audio-video


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Deadly fungal infection that doctors have been fearing now reported in U.S.


Nearly three dozen people in the United States have been diagnosed with a deadly and highly drug-resistant fungal infection since federal health officials firstwarned U.S. clinicians last June to be on the lookout for the emerging pathogen that has been spreading around the world.
 http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/deadly-fungal-infection-that-doctors-have-been-fearing-now-reported-in-us/ar-AAo6uLI?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp


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The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns' feverish and agonizing deaths.
You'll notice I said "could have."

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/12/375663920/the-doctor-who-championed-hand-washing-and-saved-women-s-lives 

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The U.S. may be one of the most powerful countries in the world, but when it comes to protecting their health, Americans may be more vulnerable than one might think.
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/12/18/these-infectious-diseases-are-a-concern-for-the-us


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Unfortunately, hospital acquired infection (HAIs) affect 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. per year. Approximately 1.7 million HAIs occur in U.S. hospitals each year, resulting in 99,000 deaths and an estimated $20 billion in healthcare costs.  https://www.cdc.gov/washington/~cdcatWork/pdf/infections.pdf

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On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of healthcare-associated infectionshttps://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0326-hospital-patients.html


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Take antibiotics only as prescribed by your doctor. Antibiotics can be life-saving medicines.  When a person takes antibiotics, good germs that protect against infection are destroyed for several months. During this time, patients can get sick from C. difficile picked up from contaminated surfaces or spread from a health care provider’s hands. Those most at risk are people, especially older adults, who take antibiotics and also get medical care.  https://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cdiff/cdiff-patient.html



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