Hospital infections in the news

Today's news has issues of relevance to hospital infection prevention:

--The University of Wisconsin Hospitals has notified 53 patients that they may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after a patient who had undergone surgery at the hospital died of the infection. These patients were operated on with the same instruments used in the CJD patient's operation. Standard sterilization processes may not effectively eliminate the prion responsible for causing CJD.

--A hospital in Utica, New York discloses that 3 patients have acquired Legionnaires Disease, at least 1 nosocomially, over the past few months.


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