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To Infinity and Beyond! No Distance is too Far for the Spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Jan 25, 2019 1:21:00 PM

To Infinity and Beyond! No Distance is too Far for the Spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

We all know they’re out there.  So small that you can’t see them, yet able to pack a nasty punch with colonization or infection.  Lurking on surfaces and hands WORLDWIDE, and now according to research, in outer space.  These bugs aren’t just causing alarm for physicians, public health practitioners and infection preventionists. International (and interplanetary!) travelers (and astronauts!) need to take heed.  These multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are mobile – and whether our travel is for leisure, medical tourism or expanding our scientific frontiers in space – these pesky organisms are ubiquitous and can put even the otherwise healthy traveler (or astronaut) at risk. 

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Going Viral: What’s Trending in the Viral Scene?

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Jan 1, 2019 12:14:00 PM

Going Viral: What’s Trending in the Viral Scene?

Another New Year and back to the daily grind we go! Time to get back into our routines, meet up at the watercooler, swap holiday stories, and discuss what’s “going viral” right now. For this epidemiologist, “going viral” has a nerdier connotation and is truly a discussion about viruses. Viruses, although not technically “living”, have quite a reputation due to their impact on the living. Viruses make viral news routinely because they are critically provocative & significant to life and their viral effects are routinely highlighted in the media. Here are some of the top trending viral viruses in the country right now:

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