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Notice to Readers: International Infection Control Week -- October 17-23, 1999

Each year, approximately 2 million health-care-associated infections occur in the United States. As many as one third of these infections is preventable, but prevention requires vigilance on the part of the entire health-care team. International Infection Control Week (October 17-23), observed by health-care facilities around the world, is intended to heighten public awareness of and professional commitment to, infection control. During the fall and winter months, infection-control professionals worldwide emphasize efforts to vaccinate persons against diseases such as influenza and pneumonia while confronting antimicrobial resistance in pathogens and emerging pathogens in the health-care setting. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has created an Infection Control Week Resource Kit addressing issues such as needlestick injuries, vaccinations, food safety, Lyme disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. This free kit is available on the World-Wide Web at*. Information about health-care-associated diseases also is available on the website of CDC's Hospital Infections Program, National Center for Infectious Diseases, at

* References to sites of non-CDC organizations on the World-Wide Web are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites.

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