• N.J. measles outbreak declared officially over after 33 confirmed cases

    More than two months after the first case of the measles was confirmed in New Jersey, officials say the outbreak has come to an end with 33 people infected.
  • More women catch Ebola in Congo in 'unexpected' twist of gender roles

    About two-thirds of patients in Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak have been women, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, calling for more focus on gender in disease control and prevention.
  • Shorter Antibiotic Course Noninferior for Gram-Negative Bacteremia

    A 7-day antibiotic course has demonstrated noninferiority compared with a 14-day course in treating uncomplicated gram-negative bacteremia, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Metronidazole Successful for Mild C difficile in Patients Under 65

    Metronidazole and vancomycin showed similar results in initial mild C difficile infections in patients 65 years and older, according to a recent report.
  • FDA approves expanded use of Adacel (Tdap) vaccine for repeat vaccination

    Bridgewater-based Sanofi announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the expanded use of Adacel (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Adsorbed) to include repeat vaccination to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
  • Giardiasis Linked With Prolonged Alteration of Lymphocytes in Duodenal Mucosa

    Chronic infection with Giardia was associated with prolonged alterations in duodenal mucosa lymphocytes.
  • In Syracuse, Schumer asks FDA to declare emergency for shingles vaccine

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer has asked the Food and Drug Administration to declare an emergency in an effort to stock local pharmacies with a shingles vaccine, which is in short supply.
  • Incidence of Herpes Zoster Higher Among Women and Older Adults

    Herpes zoster virus continues to be prevalent in certain patient demographics in the United States, according to a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Indonesia seeks to reassure HIV patients over drug supplies

    Indonesia’s health ministry has sought to reassure HIV patients that sufficient antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will be available for their treatment after some hospitals had run out of supplies.
  • UK to double participation in trial of popular HIV prevention pill

    Health authorities in England said on Friday that they support a plan to double to 26,000 the number of participants in an HIV prevention pill trial, ahead of a potential national roll-out.
  • Severe Flu Raises Risk Of Birth Problems For Pregnant Women, Babies

    Need another reason to get the flu shot if you're pregnant?
  • Urokinase Plasminogen Receptor Levels Linked to Non-AIDS Related Events During ART Viral Suppression

    In patients with HIV, elevated levels of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor are associated with non-AIDS events, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Study sheds more light on delamanid role in treating MDR-TB

    A phase 3 trial of delamanid, a newer oral drug for treating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), found no statistically significant reduction in time to sputum culture conversion when compared to placebo, but that it was safe and well tolerated.
  • Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpes Virus Drives its Pathogenesis

    Patients with epidemic and endemic Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) have similar antibody and cytokine responses, suggesting that KS-associated herpes virus drives Kaposi Sarcoma pathogenesis, according to results published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
  • Deep Learning Algorithm Outperforms Physicians Detecting Active Pulmonary TB

    A deep-learning algorithm performed better than radiologists at detecting active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) on chest radiographs, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Breast Milk Pasteurization Decreased Postnatal Cytomegalovirus

    The short-term pasteurization of breast milk from mothers with cytomegalovirus (CMV) significantly decreased CMV infections in very preterm infants, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • A Virus Even More Dangerous Than Zika to Pregnant Woman

    The Zika virus must take the “side roads” into the placenta to infect a fetus, one researcher said — but the Rift Valley fever virus takes the “expressway.”
  • i-STAT Technology May Improve Detection of Burkholderia pseudomallei

    The i-STAT technology may detect the capsule of the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei and the purified anticapsular polysaccharide antibody in a superior fashion compared with the lateral flow immunoassay currently in use, according to findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Ambulance equipment contaminated with drug-resistant superbug

    Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry the “superbug” MRSA, a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment.
  • Risk Factors Associated With Vascular Graft Infection Identified

    Perioperative prophylaxis and thorough postsurgical management may be key components in preventing vascular graft infections, according to study findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Flu Rides the Subway, Too

    Flu spreads like wildfire in confined spaces -- and that includes subways, a new British study finds.
  • Interrupted ART in HIV-Exposed Children Reduces Measles Vaccine Efficacy

    Children with HIV who had antiretroviral therapy (ART) that was interrupted at either age 12 or 24 months have lower measles antibody geometric mean titers and seroprotective titers after measles vaccination, compared with children who were not exposed to HIV, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Lower age of consent for HIV testing linked to higher adolescent testing rates, study finds

    Sub-Saharan African countries where adolescents 15 or younger could be tested for HIV without sign-off by parents or guardians show 11 percent higher rates of testing for the virus among those from 15 to 18 years old than in countries where the legal age of consent for testing is 16 or older, according to a study published in the World Health Organization’s January Bulletin.
  • Tafenoquine Appears Safe and Effective for Prevention of Malaria

    Chemoprophylaxis with tafenoquine, a primaquine analog, appears to be safe and effective for preventing malaria in healthy non-immune individuals challenged with blood stage Plasmodium falciparum, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Oregon prepares for shift in hepatitis A outbreaks

    A shift in the way hepatitis A outbreaks happen has Oregon public health officials working to redirect their prevention strategies toward homeless populations that now represent the most vulnerable group for infection.
  • Study highlights higher risk of meningitis B in college students

    US college students face a higher risk of serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) disease than other young adults the same age, suggesting a need for greater awareness of MenB vaccines, according to a survey study reported today in Pediatrics.
  • Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

    A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership.
  • Current Polio Eradication Program Suboptimal for Cross-Immunity to Poliovirus Type 2

    The polio eradication program cannot assume any poliovirus type 2 (PV2) mucosal response with the current polio immunization schedule, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Antiretroviral Resistance Testing in People With HIV May Not Be Beneficial

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) drug resistance testing may not benefit people who have HIV in terms of mortality risk or disease progression but may improve virologic outcomes in patients who have virologic failure, according to a review published in the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews.
  • Back to all news Limiting Schistosomiasis May Reduce HIV Transmission Rates

    New research suggests that treating a common parasitic infection might help control the spread of HIV.
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    Researchers have found three brand new strains of the hepatitis C virus in patients in Uganda in one of the biggest studies of the disease in sub Saharan Africa.
  • Study: Cell-based flu vaccine just a bit better than egg-based

    A study of Medicare beneficiaries vaccinated against the flu last season—a severe one dominated by the H3N2 strain that hit seniors especially hard—found that the cell-based vaccine performed better than egg-based vaccines, but the difference wasn't enough to completely pin the low overall efficacy last season on egg adaptations in the vaccine strain.
  • An Island Nation’s Health Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone

    In the village of Cook’s Bay, on the remote side of the remote island of Erromango, in the remote South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, 1-month-old Joy Nowai was given shots for hepatitis and tuberculosis that were delivered by a flying drone on Monday.
  • Low-birth-weight infants at increased risk for malaria

    Infants who were born with a low birth weight for their gestational age were approximately two times more likely to have malaria infection or clinical malaria compared with infants born at a normal weight, according to research published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
  • With no antiretrovirals, Venezuela HIV patients rely on leaf remedy

    As Venezuela’s hyperinflation and chronic medicine shortages leave HIV patients with little hope of obtaining antiretroviral drugs, many are now relying on the leaves of a tropical tree known as the guasimo.
  • Rate of bloodstream infections among US kids stabilizes

    Bloodstream infection rates have remained relatively consistent in the United States over the past decade, with most acquired in the community, according to an analysis of nearly 2 million inpatient encounters with children published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Vaccines group plots path through conflict, instability, epidemics

    More children worldwide are now immunized against killer diseases but the task has become harder due to conflicts, epidemics, urbanization and migration, the head of a global vaccine group said.
  • Study supports shorter antibiotic treatment for bacteremia

    Results from a randomized controlled trial of patients with bloodstream infections indicate that treatment with a 7-day course of antibiotics is non-inferior to a 14-day course, a finding that could have important implications for antibiotic stewardship.
  • ‘Like a horror film’: The efforts to contain Ebola in a war zone

    The medical anthropologist was in the shower when she heard the first pops of gunfire. Initially, she thought it might be the action movie she’d left playing on high volume. Then the wall shook.
  • Dangerous new superbug confirmed in India as antibiotic resistance spreads

    India has found its first cases of a superbug that can lead to blindness, flesh-eating infections and meningitis, according to researchers.
  • Gonorrhea is nearly impossible to treat, but a new drug offers hope

    It may soon be impossible to treat gonorrhea, according to the World Health Organization, as two-thirds of the world's countries have reported gonorrhea cases that resist all known antibiotics.
  • Polio-like disease sparks new sense of urgency

    Back in 2014, as Dr. Riley Bove’s family was just getting over a respiratory virus, her 4-year-old son suddenly developed some very scary symptoms.
  • Senate extends PEPFAR, while funding remains a question

    With a matter-of-fact and unanimous approval of the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018, a five-year renewal of the U.S. flagship program to combat HIV globally, the U.S. Senate Wednesday evening  showed that what was once considered revolutionary, can now be considered routine.
  • Once-a-day pills for combating HIV are a better deal than some people think

    Contrary to assumptions, once-a-day pills for combating HIV are actually less expensive than multi-tablet regimens and also offer an added bonus — patient adherence is greater, which suggests healthier outcomes, according to a new analysis of pharmacy claims.
  • Ebola studies highlight long-delayed momentum in face of unprecedented obstacles

    A little more than a month after the first time Liberia was declared free of the Ebola outbreak that had devastated communities from its most remote reaches to its capital, an oral swab confirmed the virus had somehow surfaced again and killed a 17-year-old boy.
  • Freeze-Dried Vaccine May Help Rid World of Polio

    A freeze-dried polio vaccine that could be used in locations without refrigeration might help doctors conquer the disease, researchers report.
  • Study finds diverse, but generally young and single men posing greatest HIV transmission risks to ad

    AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa.
  • Congo starts first-ever trial testing Ebola drugs

    Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments, the World Health Organization said Monday.
  • Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce

    Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.
  • Everyone at high risk of HIV should be offered preventive meds, panel says

    An influential panel of medical experts recommended for the first time Tuesday that physicians offer preventive medication to anyone at high risk of acquiring HIV.