Top News: #Infections

Here are the top read news for #Infections:

FluVaccineNasalSpray-08750Ouch! Flu spray fails again, panel urges shot instead:

The nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine failed to protect kids again last year, the latest in a string of failures that has prompted an expert panel to recommend that doctors stop giving it to patients. Health officials reported Wednesday that the spray performed dismally for the third straight year, while the traditional flu shot — the one that stings — worked reasonably well this winter: Read more


whitewater2Deaths from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ are rare; here’s how to stay safe:

People are infected by Naegleria fowleri when water containing the amoeba enters the body through the nose, according to DHHS. This usually occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. The amoeba then travels up the nose to the brain where it destroys the brain tissue: Read more


iStock_94008227_MEDIUM-1024x683Some Viruses Could Survive on Children’s Toys for Hours and Cause Infection, Study Finds:

Toys may be an important channel for the transmission of viral diseases among children. Previous studies have found viral contamination of shared toys in daycares, doctor’s offices and homes. In particular, toys in common play areas in healthcare settings have been implicated as vehicles for outbreaks of viral illness: Read more


w320-964a7c24dc4c76c16f5fd91dbbff0b87To get your kids to wash their hands, gross them out:

A report they presented last week at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showed that health-care workers were more likely to wash their hands after they viewed magnified pictures of bacteria swarming on skin and work surfaces: Read more



image.axdMobile devices of healthcare workers often contaminated by viral RNA:

Mobile devices are contaminated by viral RNA due to poor adherence to cleaning protocols, particularly in pediatric settings: Read more