WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Following a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC, the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17th July 2019. More details from the WHO press release

UK Public Health calls for tatooists and body piercers to undertake IPC training

The risk of inflammation or infection or other adverse effect from a tattoo, piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis is around 18% according to a survey undertaken by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. RSPH has published its latest report, Skins and Needles, which takes a look at health risks associated with the increasing number of people in the UK ... >>

WHO decides current DRC Ebola outbreak is NOT a global emergency

UNICEF/Mark Naftalin
The WHO U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has decided that it does not meet the criteria for a global emergency. The WHO 'Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the ... >>

Latest IPCNC newsletter available for members

The latest Infection Controlla is now available for IPCNC members to enjoy in the Members' section https://www.infectioncontrol.co.nz/members/infection-controlla/

NHMRC releases updated Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to announce the release of the revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). The guidelines have been produced by NHMRC in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, to ensure they reflect the latest national and international evidence on ... >>

Genetically engineered phages used to treat MRO infection

Mycobacterium abscessus (CDC)
A group of doctors and scientists have used genetically engineered phages to successfully treat infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of Mycobacterium abscessus in a young cystic fibrosis patient who had received a double lung transplant. The case was reported in Nature Medicine on 8th May. You can read more via this LINK

Focus on influenza

This month The Journal of Infectious Diseases has launched a special issue on influenza - 100 Years of Fighting Pandemic Influenza 1918/19–2018/19. Lots of interesting articles if you are into all things influenza including pandemics and vaccines. All articles are open access too. https://academic.oup.com/jid/issue/219/Supplement_1

NHS publishes new national hand hygiene and PPE policy

This month NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the new national policy for hand hygiene and PPE called 'Standard infection control precautions: national hand hygiene and personal protective equipment policy'. Two of the aims of the new document are to: support a common understanding – making the right thing easy to do for every patient,every time • ... >>

WHO launches Global influenza strategy 2019-2030.

The WHO has launched their latest document with the following goals in mind: 1. Reduce the burden of seasonal influenza. 2. Minimize the risk of zoonotic influenza. 3. Mitigate the impact of pandemic influenza. The document can be downloaded via this link https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/311184

Measles outbreak in Canterbury continues

With over 20 cases of measles now diagnosed in Canterbury since February, the current outbreak is likely to increase before it is controlled. Extra supplies of vaccines are being bought by the Canterbury DHB as part of the control measures and Public Health are renewing the call for children to have their scheduled vaccinations on time. The rise in measles ... >>

College Conference Call for Abstracts

Go to the Conference 2019 button on our HOME page to access the Call for Abstracts info. The Conference Organising Team welcomes your abstract! Go for it!!

Latest news from HQSC on preoperative anti-staphylococcal bundle

The HQSC has provided an update on the implementation of a preoperative anti-staphylococcal bundle within the Surgical Site Infection Improvement (SSII) Programme. The Commission has used a collaborative and quality improvement methodology to roll out the bundle with eight hospitals participating to date in NZ. Further information is available from the HQSC website. https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/infection-prevention-and-control/news-and-events/news/3633/

Infection Controlla August 2018

Infection Controlla August The latest catch up with Regions' news.

Notes from TGA Faecal Microbiota Transplant stakeholder forum

IPC practitioners may be interested in the discussion notes arising from a TGA hosted Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) forum held last October in Melbourne. At the forum, invited speakers described the collection, manufacture and supply of material used in FMT in Australia, and provided views on the future regulation of these products. Individual patients, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists and Commonwealth and State ... >>

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WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Thursday, 18 July 2019 - Following a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC, the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency ... MORE

UK Public Health calls for tatooists and body piercers to undertake IPC training

Friday, 5 July 2019 - The risk of inflammation or infection or other adverse effect from a tattoo, piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis is around 18% ... MORE

WHO decides current DRC Ebola outbreak is NOT a global emergency

Friday, 14 June 2019 - The WHO U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the current outbreak in the ... MORE

Latest IPCNC newsletter available for members

Friday, 14 June 2019 - The latest Infection Controlla is now available for IPCNC members to enjoy in the Members' section https://www.infectioncontrol.co.nz/members/infection-controlla/ MORE

NHMRC releases updated Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

Saturday, 1 June 2019 - The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to announce the release of the revised Australian Guidelines for ... MORE

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