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    The U.S. is cracking down on hospitals to improve sepsis care. A rule finalized in August by CMS and the Biden administration will give health systems until 2026 to comply with the new standards. In the meantime, researchers are pushing ahead with techniques and tools aimed at improving outcomes. 
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    The nation's 20-year streak of zero locally acquired malaria cases broke in 2023 after four states have reported infections, including the first-ever case in Arkansas. 
  • Could hospital-acquired infections be prevented with new vaccine?

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  • Massachusetts hospital treats 4 tuberculosis patients

    Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass., has recently treated four patients for tuberculosis. While there are about 10 active cases of the disease among residents in the city, officials maintain they are unrelated and therefore it is not considered an outbreak, The Boston Globe reported Oct. 5. 
  • APIC, ANA to employers: Vaccines should be required for healthcare staff

    All vaccines recommended by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices should be required for healthcare personnel, a coalition of 17 infection prevention and patient safety organizations said in an Oct. 6 letter sent to healthcare employers, as well as state and local government leaders. 
  • COVID-19 isn't the only infection with long lasting symptoms

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    The CDC has traced a string of sepsis cases that occurred after blood transfusions to contaminated blood platelet collection sets and solutions manufactured by Fresenius Kabi.
  • Leprosy and armadillos: What to know

    An uptick of confirmed leprosy cases in Florida is resparking the debate of the disease's possible connection to nine-banded armadillos, USA Today reported Oct. 3. 
  • Visitor restrictions come back at some hospitals

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  • Legionnaires' detected at West Virginia hospital

    Legionnaires' disease-causing bacteria was found in one area of the 303-bed Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital, NBC affiliate WSAZ reported Sept. 29.
  • Penn State study: Rapid sepsis test saves more lives at lower cost

    A new blood test designed to detect sepsis earlier in at-risk patients demonstrated a survival rate of 95 percent in a study led by Penn State.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals study shows 'concerning' Klebsiella trends

    New research from NYC Health + Hospitals shows concerning changes in the prevalence and epidemiology of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections.
  • The many forms of hospital masking

    With masking policies now left in the hands of individual hospitals and health systems to decide, one thing is clear: There is no one-size-fits-all approach for the infection control measure this fall. 
  • Penn Medicine tests experimental Lyme disease vaccine

    Penn Medicine researchers created an experimental mRNA vaccine that could protect against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

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