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More than 1,000 patients may have been exposed to HIV and other viruses after error in sanitizing procedure

More than a thousand surgical patients at Goshen Hospital in Indiana may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B after an error in the sanitizing procedure for surgical equipment, according to a press release from Goshen Health.

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Dangerous superbugs kill more people than previously thought

Nearly twice as many people are dying from drug-resistant infections in the United States than previously thought, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ‘Superbugs’ are responsible for more than 35,000 deaths and nearly 3 million illnesses each year, the report found.

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1,300 people have died of the flu so far this year

Flu activity is spreading across the country, with widespread cases in the South and other pockets of the disease cropping up in states nationwide.
This year’s flu season is now well underway, and it hit earlier than usual, according to health experts.

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Human-to-human coronavirus transmission confirmed with China in heavy-travel Lunar New Year period

The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely.

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CDC: Coronavirus Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

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