Infections

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Few Kentucky hospitals receive high rankings for avoiding infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and C. difficile, shows an analysis released Wednesday by Consumer Reports.

The report examines hospitals’ capabilities to keep patients from contracting  infections in hospitals.

Ebola, MERS and polio are just a few infectious diseases that made international headlines in 2014.

Not all infections diseases should wear on the minds of most Kentuckians. But Dr.  Kraig Humbaugh, director of Kentucky’s division of epidemiology and health planning, said response plans for each potential outbreak is tailored to the disease.

Ebola may have slid off the nation's worry list, but that doesn't mean the United States is ready to handle an outbreak of Ebola or another infectious disease, an analysis says. That includes naturally occurring outbreaks like dengue fever, tuberculosis and measles, as well as the use of bioterrorism agents like anthrax.

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Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injuection for back pain from a pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.  Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said Wednesday the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.