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# Infection

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# R number
UK infection rate increases as over 41,000 now confirmed dead from disease
The UK’s R number is between 0.7-1.0.
# Covid-19
Number of people infected by a confirmed case of Covid-19 has fallen again
Every person who contracts Covid-19 is expected to spread it to no more than one other person, the figures reveal.
# transmission
Number of people infected by confirmed case of Covid-19 in Ireland down from four to around one
Professor Philip Nolan said the modelling advisory group can see the “profound effect” the measures are having on transmission.
# Infection
Mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China is not the return of SARS virus, officials say
SARS killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong in 2003.
# Courts
Ex-partner of man accused of infecting her with HIV says he 'wasn't shocked' over her diagnosis
The man has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the two women.
# Antibiotics
Cranberry juice 'doesn't help clear urinary tract infections'
Put down the glass.
# Infection
All staff and students screened after two cases of TB confirmed in Cork secondary school
The screenings include a skin test and, if needed, blood tests and chest x-rays.
# Infection
'It's a serial killer': Detection rates on the rise as staff become 'sepsis aware'
Simon Harris said hospital staff are now trained to be more “sepsis aware”.
# rare occurrence
A patient in Ireland has contracted Hepatitis B from a blood transfusion
The Irish Blood Transfusion Board has tested 1.2 million donations for the infection.
# answers
Theresa May announces inquiry into Britain's contaminated blood scandal
Thousands of patients were given blood products infected with diseases.
# Dublin
Tallaght Hospital restricts visitors over outbreak of antibiotic-resistant infection
The hospital said today that children are not permitted to visit any circumstance.
# formal warning
HIQA finds overcrowding, poor hygiene and risk of infection at Holles Street
It found that 46 babies were in the neonatal intensive care unit which was only designed for 36.
# Achoo
Here's what the colour of your snot really means
Yes, it’s disgusting, but that gooey stuff coming from your nose is trying to tell you something.
# sexually transmitted
There's been a surge in Irish Chlamydia cases
Cases increased by a third last year.
# Diagnosis
St James's Hospital to start testing all Emergency Department patients for HIV
It is hoped that as well as detecting new cases, people bring previously diagnosed patients back into care.
# Breakthrough
French teenager in remission from HIV 12 years after stopping treatment
Researchers said there is renewed hope for patients who start treatment early after infection.
# Sydney
Authorities fear up to 11,000 people could have been infected with HIV/Hepatitis at two dentist clinics
The worries stem from inadequate equipment sterilisation at the facilities.
# Outbreak
Nurse in Australia being tested for Ebola
The woman had just returned from working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone.
# suspect cases
WHO says Ebola is "unavoidable" in Europe as three more isolated in Spain
A Spanish nurse tested positive for Ebola yesterday.
# Bad Blood
Scientists unveil magnetic gadget that can strip toxins out of blood
The device, which has only been tested in rats so far, could be adapted one day for removing Ebola from blood, they said.
# underestimated
WHO: The Ebola outbreak is much worse than people think
The official death toll has now climbed to 1,069.
# Lagos
Nigeria's largest city is struggling to find medical personnel to help fight Ebola‎
It has appealed for volunteers to come forward.
# slimy
Trinity scientists discover how to attack a bacteria that causes cystic fibrosis infections
The common bacteria produces a slimy bio-film that on the lungs that is almost impossible for patients to clear
# Outbreak
Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus?
This video shows how the infection takes hold.
# West Africa
West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak is now "out of control"
The virus is fatal in 90% of cases.
Voices
Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet
With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.
# Aids
Fishermen blamed for huge number of HIV cases in Ugandan village
The going rate for sex in Kasensero is as little as €1.50.
# snooze therapy
Scientists have proven a good sleep could actually cure your cold
Experiments on fruitflies showed faster recovery and better survival rates for the ones that had more sleep.
# Infection
MRSA has been in Irish hospitals for 40 years, but it's getting more dangerous
New research at TCD is looking to find out which strains will become the most dominant.
# Outbreak
TCD scientists find significant increases in MRSA strains outside of hospitals
Between 2002 and 2011, researchers identified a 44-fold increase in the prevalence of PVL-positive MRSA.
# wash your hands
CDI is more common than MRSA and kills one in three Irish patients infected
Unlike MRSA, alcohol wipes do not stop the spread of CDI.
# Infection
Swine flu case confirmed in second Cork hospital
Mercy University Hospital has confirmed a case of the Influenza H1N1 today.
# Infection
Researchers create simulation virus that spreads via WiFi
The virus, named Chameleon, searches for weaknesses within WiFi networks and infects them before automatically seeking other vulnerable access points.
# Infection
Warning issued after children at Cavan creche diagnosed with meningitis
All staff and children who has close contact with them have been given antibiotics.
# get immunised
Irish boy contracts potentially fatal tetanus infection
The HSE are stressing the importance of vaccination against tetanus which causes death in between 10-25 per cent of cases.
# tanzania
38 arrested for carrying out genital mutilation on girls as young as three
The practice has been outlawed in Tanzania but is still performed in some parts of the country.
# flu vaccine
Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season
Those in at-risk groups can get the vaccine free-of-charge from their GP or pharmacy.
# spay that stray
Blind kitten called Lorcan shows the need for spaying feral cats
Last week was Feral Cat Awareness Week – here’s why people are being encouraged to ‘spay that stray’.
# amputation
First person to have two-leg transplant has both limbs amputated again
Doctors said that the patient contracted an unrelated illness that forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs.
# Virus
Deadly new virus sparks call for 'urgent actions' to prevent spread
There have been 33 confirmed cases of human infection since September last year, including 18 deaths.