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England: What is cryptosporidium parasite? - 07th August 2015:

Some residents in Lancashire are being urged to boil their drinking water after a microscopic bug was detected - but what is cryptosporidium?

How harmful is it?.

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England: STIs soaring in gay men - warning 23rd June 2015:

The number of sexually transmitted infections being spread in gay men is soaring, according to Public Health England.

Figures for 2014 showed a 46% increase in syphilis infections, 32% in gonorrhoea and 26% in chlamydia.

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UK: E. coli 055 in Dorset: Two further cases confirmed - 30th May 2015

Two new cases of an E. coli infection in Dorset have been confirmed.

Public Health England (PHE) said they were from the same family as two children being treated in hospital for serious kidney problems following E. coli 055.

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UK: Scarlet fever cases soar in England - 13th March 2015

Cases of scarlet fever have soared this season, Public Health England says.

A total of 5,746 new cases were reported between September and March, roughly double the 2,833 cases reported in the same period last season.

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Portugal: Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Portugal - 17th November 2014

As of 13th November 2014 (17:00), the Directorate-General for Health of Portugal has reported a total of 311 cases of Legionnaires' disease, all of which have epidemiological links to Vila Franca de Xira, a suburban area of Lisbon. So far, seven deaths have been confirmed to be caused by the disease.

The first 17 cases were identified between 6 and 7 November, and the National IHR Focal Point for Portugal notified WHO of this outbreak on 9 November 2014.

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USA: Idaho reports alarming rise in whooping cough cases - 12th August 2014

(Reuters) - Idaho health officials on Tuesday urged vaccination to combat what they said was an alarming rise this year in the number of cases of whooping cough, which has killed an infant and afflicted 240 other state residents since January.

The 241 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, reported in Idaho from January to July compares to the 122 and 129 cases reported during the same period in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

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UK: Grimsby Legionnaires’ disease outbreak affects four - 06th August 2014

Four confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Grimsby area are being investigated by health officials.

Public Health England (PHE) said no common links have been identified between the infected people.

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UK: JCVI advises continuation of maternal pertussis vaccination programme - 18th July 2014

PHE has welcomed the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's advice to the Department of Health that the pertussis vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a further five years [1].

Available data relating to the coverage, effectiveness and safety of the programme, its impact on disease and current epidemiology were considered by the JCVI at its June 2014 meeting and on the basis of these data it has advised that the programme should be extended [2]

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UK: Proposed Merger - 03rd June 2014

It has been proposed that Meridian Bioscience International Limited (MBIL) and Meridian Bioscience, S.A. (MBSA) should merge into a single entity.

It is proposed that the merger will simplify the structure of the Meridian Bioscience business by centralising in the United Kingdom functions that do not need to be locally based; and ensuring that the Meridian Bioscience business is supported by an appropriate legal framework that reflects the management structure of the group.

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USA: Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts - 22nd May 2014

 CDC is collaborating with public health officials in Idaho and Washington and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producingEscherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections.The type of bacteria responsible for this outbreak is among those referred to as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli,or STEC. Some types of STEC frequently cause severe disease, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure.

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USA: Norovirus outbreak on ANOTHER cruise ship as 83 people are confined to their rooms as the boat is disinfected in San Francisco - 10th April 2014

A Princess Cruises ship has been stopped in San Francisco as it deals with an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus.Latest reports have 66 passengers and 17 crew members isolated in their rooms to stop the spread of the infection.

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UK: UK weather: Contaminated floodwaters could lead to norovirus spike - 12th February 2014

Public health chiefs are braced for a surge in cases of diarrhoea , vomiting and stomach pain caused by bugs in floodwater as sewage spills out of overflowing drains.One expert predicted "a big spike in diarrhoea" in the coming days but said the outbreak of illness would be “unpleasant but not deadly”.

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Scotland: Four more E.coli cases identified - 6th February 2014

A further four cases of E.coli linked to burgers eaten at a concert venue have been identified, taking the total number affected in the outbreak to 15.Investigators have linked the cases to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, a major entertainment venue which opened in September.

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Scotland: Health officials probe 'Hydro link' to E.coli cases - 31st January 2014Health officials say an outbreak of the potentially fatal E.coli O157 infection could be linked to food sold at Glasgow's Hydro concert venue.Seven people - one from Glasgow, two from Lanarkshire, three from Lothian and one from Cumbria - are recovering at home after being diagnosed.Read more...
Scotland: Two children under five contract E.coli in Lanarkshire - 6th December 2013TWO cases of the E.coli bacteria in young children have sparked a health alert in Lanarkshire.The youngsters had both visited Colzium Park in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, shortly before becoming unwell.Read more...


EU: C difficile and norovirus key concerns for infection control professionals - 6th November 2013

Clostridium difficile and norovirus appear to be the main causes of concern for infection control professionals as we enter the winter months according to a recent survey.Conducted at Infection Prevention 2013, it revealed that 48 per cent of respondents highlighted C difficile as the primary cause of concern and 36 per cent highlighted norovirus.Read more...
UK: Ward at Raigmore Hospital in Iverness closed by C.diff - 6th November 2013A WARD at Raigmore Hospital has been closed to new admissions and transfers due to an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C.diff).Two cases of the bug have been confirmed in 7C, a medical ward at the hospital in Iverness.

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EU: European Parliament Urges It’s Member States to Tackle Clostridium difficile Infection - 30th October 2013

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a priority target for actions needed to improve patient safety in Europe, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Oct. 22, 2013.(1) The resolution argues that patient safety, and in particular the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), should be “near the top of the political agenda in the EU,” both at national level in the member states and at regional and local levels.

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UK: Visitors banned from East Surrey ward after outbreak of Norovirus - 25th September 2013

A WARD at East Surrey Hospital has been closed to visitors to contain the spread of winter vomiting bug Norovirus A recorded message on the hospital's main telephone line states that visitors are currently banned from Tandridge Ward while patients with the bug are treated.Read more...
UK: Sainsbury's watercress recalled - 12th September 2013Sainsbury's is recalling all of its bagged watercress as well as salads containing watercress in response to an outbreak of E. coliThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reported an outbreak of E. coli that has made 15 people ill.

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UK: Fourth case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed - 4th September 2013

A fourth person is being treated for the potentially fatal lung infection Legionnaires' disease.The latest case, a patient from South Croydon, was identified as having Legionella bacteria on Tuesday.

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US: New Product illumigene Mycoplasma receives FDA clearanceDNA Amplification Assay for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in human throat and nasopharyngeal swab specimens receives FDA clearance.Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (NASDAQ: VIVO) today announced that it has received FDA clearance for a new molecular diagnostic test for Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumoniae), its fourth assay on the illumigene platform.Find out more...


EU: New Product Launch - illumigene MycoplasmaThe latest addition to Meridian Biosciences' illumigene platform range of assays, which include; C. difficile, GBS, GAS and now Mycoplasma.The Mycoplasma kit is a DNA Amplification Assay for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in human throat and nasopharyngeal swab specimens.

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Glasgow: Legionnaires' outbreak is linked to Renfrew - 1st July 2013

NHS bosses are linking five cases of Legionnaires' Disease to the Renfrew area, it has been confirmed today (Monday).

Two further cases of Legionnaires' Disease were announced by Greater Glasgow and Clyde area this afternoon.

 

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Australia:Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Queensland - 5th June 2013

Man dies of legionnaires' disease.

The Wesley Hospital will remain offline until mid next week, as testing for the source of a legionella outbreak continues.  "This allows us sufficient time for the systematic disinfection of our water system, which is what we're currently undertaking," said Uniting Care Health executive director Richard Royle.

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Meridian Webinar Series - Wednesday 24th April 2013 

Session Topic: Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease: Problem Solved?

Presenter: James M. Greenberg, MD Professor and Director Division of Neonatology Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology Department of Pediatrics Co-Director, CCHMC Perinatal Institute Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Meridian Webinar Series - Tuesday 5th March 2013 

Session Topic: Molecular Biology in the Diagnosis of C. difficile.

Presenter: Dr. Katelijne Floré, M.D. Antibiotic Policy Expert, Master of Hospital Hygiene, Staffer Clinical Microbiology, Chairman Committee for Hospital Hygiene, AZ Sint-Lucas Brugge, Belgium

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UK: Queen taken to hospital for first time in 10 years - 4th March 2013

Rome trip cancelled as 86-year-old monarch admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London as 'precautionary measure' relating to symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The Queen has been taken to hospital for the first time in 10 years after symptoms of gastroenteritis led her to cancel a visit to Rome this week. She is expected to remain in the King Edward VII hospital, central London, for assessment after being admitted on Sunday afternoon.

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UK: Norovirus Sydney Strain 2012 - 10th January 2013

It came from Down Chunder: The norovirus strain that's wreaked havoc across the UK and made 1.2m of us ill started in Oz.

Most of the 1.2million people taken ill with the winter vomiting bug caught a new strain of the virus that came from Australia, according to health experts. The variant, called Sydney 2012, has become the 'dominant strain'.

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Group A Streptococcus Webinar - The Benefits of Molecular Detection - 8th January 2013

Jennifer Dien Bard, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FCCM.

Streptococcus continues to be the number one cause of bacterial acute pharyngitis. Up to 70% of patients receive antibiotics but only 20-30% are diagnosed with Group A Strep pharyngitis. This program will provide a comprehensive overview of this pathogen and the benefits of molecular detection along with the 2012 IDSA Guidelines that address diagnosis and treatment.

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UK: Norovirus cases exceed 1m this winter - 2nd January 2013

Number of reported cases of winter vomiting disease 72% up on last year and will rise further, say health officials.

More than 1.1 million people in Britain have succumbed to the norovirus vomiting disease so far this winter, and health officials expect cases to jump higher after a dip over Christmas and the New Year.

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