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Can’t Touch This! Flu Season!

Microorganisms such as viruses just don’t take a holiday. On Saturday morning November 7, Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak was finally declared over. In order to declare an outbreak over, the geographic area has to go through 2 incubation periods without a new case arrising.

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Off Site? You Still Need To Wash Your Hands.

If you run a successful foodservice operation that doesn’t automatically qualify you to do off-site work.  Be sure to take your food safety program with you, including your hand hygiene program.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Safety

How To Get "Flu-Season Ready" In 5 Simple Ways

Flu season is upon us once again. You may be sitting and wondering if and when you'll be affected...or infected. It's a virus that is so easy to contract from your family, co-workers, surfaces and even by sneezes and coughing, so it's best to be prepared. While the CDC recommends always getting an annual flu shot for best prevention, there are additional ways to get yourself "flu season ready". Here are 5 simple things you can do avoid getting the flu AND prevent the spread of the flu to others:

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Topics: Influenza, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Lack of Hand Hygiene Compliance: Mainly a Human Behaviour-Related Factor?

Even if hand hygiene may be considered as part of a more globally integrated approach to infection control, total absence of hygiene or suboptimal hand hygiene behaviour has always been a significant contributor to the spread of infectious diseases. We know that now but it has not always been the case. Education plays an important role as it is the “eye-opener” that we, human beings, need to realize how important it is to wash and sanitize our hands many times a day.  A proof of that is that low socioeconomic status is generally recognized to be associated with low hand washing hygiene behaviour.


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Topics: Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Real World Consequences of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are at the forefront of healthcare conversation and have a direct impact on hospitals’ bottom line. And no wonder – HAIs are one of the leading causes of deaths in the U.S., the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, and cost the industry billions of dollars a year.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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