Health Protection Report 9(33)

Current news: ACMP malaria guidelines updated; Mandatory HCAI reports quarterly trends: April-June 2015; EVD: international epidemiological summary (at 13 September 2015); Annual update on voluntarily reported candidaemia published. Routine infection reports: Voluntary surveillance of candidaemia bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2014.

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Last year’s flu vaccine was much better than we thought

Last winter’s flu vaccine did much better than we first thought at fighting the disease and saving lives. The results were still not great and the overall death rate over the winter among older people in particular was high this year, but vaccination appears to have helped much more than previously estimated.

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Health Protection Report 9(32)

Current news: WHO update on international MERS-CoV situation; Updated WHO WPV recommendations and vaccine-derived poliovirus in Ukraine; Ebola virus disease: international epidemiology summary (at 5 September 2015). Routine infection reports: General outbreaks of foodborne illness in humans, England and Wales: weeks 32-35/2015; Common gastrointestinal infections, England and Wales: laboratory reports: weeks 32-35/2015; Salmonella infections (faecal […]

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Health Protection Report 9(31)

Current news: National outbreak of Escherichia coli VTEC O157 PT8 VT2; Prenatal pertussis vaccine coverage 2014-15 annual report; EVD: international epidemiology summary (at 30 August 2015); Cyclospora outbreak related to travel to Mexico: an update. Routine infection reports: Laboratory reports of respiratory infections made to PHE from PHE and NHS laboratories in England and Wales: […]

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Health Protection Report 9(30)

Current news: Laboratory confirmed pertussis in England: data to end-June. Routine reports – immunisation: Laboratory confirmed cases of measles, mumps and rubella (England): April to June 2015; Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C (England and Wales): January to March 2015; Laboratory reports of Haemophilus influenzae by age group and serotype (England and Wales): April […]

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Health Protection Report 9(29)

Current news: New NICE guideline on antimicrobial stewardship; EVD: international epidemiological summary (at 16 August 2015). Routine infection reports: Voluntary surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2007-2014.

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New interactive CDC tool shows changes in antibiotic resistance for last 18 years

This week, CDC unveiled NARMS Now: Human Data, an interactive tool that makes it easy to see how antibiotic resistance for four bacteria transmitted commonly through food has changed during the last 18 years. Using data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, the tool allows users to filter resistance data by bacteria, antibiotic, year […]

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Patient safety alert – addressing antimicrobial resistance through implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship programme

NHS England, Health Education England and Public Health England have issued a joint National Patient Safety Alert to all providers of NHS care in England to highlight the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need for antimicrobial stewardship. The joint patient safety alert signposts NHS organisations to the TARGET (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, […]

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Calls for NHS to curb inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

Healthcare professionals should encourage sensible use of antibiotics and cut back on unnecessary prescribing of the drugs to help tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance, says NICE.

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Call to punish GPs over antibiotics

“Soft-touch” and “hazardous” doctors should be disciplined for prescribing too many antibiotics, a leading NHS figure says. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s Prof Mark Baker said 10 million prescriptions a year in England were inappropriate.

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