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The first US case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington state. The patient had recently returned from Wuhan, China, the original site of the outbreak.
The predominance of A(H3N2) clade 3C.3a viruses during the latter part of the 2018-2019 influenza season was associated with a decrease in vaccine effectiveness, according to results of a new study.


After rates of Clostridium Difficile infection jumped, Alex Ganetsky, PharmD, began a program to reduce the chance of infection in bone marrow transplant patients.
Pragnesh Patel, MD, and colleagues conducted a survey at 5 LTCFs to assess HCP knowledge about CDI and their compliance with both the 2010 SHEA?IDSA guidelines for CDI prevention and their facility's standard infection control practices.
The authors present the case of a 89-year-old woman with zoster sine herpete along with tactics for treatment and prevention.
The CDC estimates that C. difficile is responsible for 0.5 million illnesses annually (with 80% occurring in older adults) and that 1 in 11 people aged 65 years or older will die within 1 month of a C. difficile diagnosis.
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