Announcements

  • There’s a New Way to Wipe Out Mosquitoes in the U.S.

    Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world, carrying diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

  • For people with HIV, viral suppression is critical to protection from yellow fever vaccine

    A study on the effectiveness of the yellow fever vaccine among people living with HIV yields yet another reason that universal access to effective consistent antiretroviral medicine for people with the virus is important to global public health.

  • Preventing the Spread of Disease After a Hurricane

    Depending on the scale of devastation, a hurricane can leave those in its path reeling long after dangerous, damaging high winds and driving rains pound an area.

  • WHO offers guidance on carbapenem-resistant bacteria

    As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday unveiled the first-ever global guidelines for preventing and controlling three types of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in health settings that are highly transmissible, difficult to treat, and can cause severe illness and death.

  • A Baby Exposed to Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

    Two years ago, when the Zika virus was first identified as the cause of microcephaly in babies, women were scared.

  • Rare strain of gonorrhea identified in Canada, compounding fears of drug resistance

    A strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to one of the key drugs used to treat the sexually transmitted infection has been found in Quebec.

  • U.S. Hospitals Face a Shortage of This Most Basic Necessity

    Small saline-solution bags are ubiquitous in modern hospitals, cost about $1.50 each, and are the preferred method for delivering everything from painkillers and antibiotics to chemotherapy and heart drugs.

  • Brazilian study indicates Zika may have hit poor hardest

    A serology study by Brazilian and German researchers published in mBio today of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Salvador, a large city in northeastern Brazil hit particularly hard by the 2015-16 Zika outbreak, showed infection rates exceeding 60% in many populations, with poor people hit especially hard.

  • Vaccine Shortage Complicates Efforts to Quell Hepatitis A Outbreaks

    San Diego County, battling a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, is postponing an outreach campaign to provide the second of two inoculations against the contagious liver disease until a national shortage of the vaccine is resolved, the county’s chief public health officer said.

  • Canada reports rising MRSA, VRE but drop in antibiotic use

    A new report from the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (CARSS) shows rising antibiotic resistance in two major healthcare-associated pathogens, along with noteworthy decreases in antibiotic use in humans and animals.

  • Trump Picks Alex Azar to Lead Health and Human Services

    President Trump is nominating a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that, among other things, regulates prescription drugs.

  • Gay and bisexual men at higher risk of hepatitis A in L.A. County as outbreak grows

    California health officials have stepped up their hepatitis A prevention efforts in recent days as new fronts emerge in the battle against the state’s massive outbreak.

  • Analysis: Commitment to global health research, training, investment is critical to U.S. interests

    The world was less connected then than it is now when the 1918 pandemic of HIN1 influenza broke out.

  • Why Does India Lead the World in Deaths From TB?

    For the second year in a row, India has landed the dubious distinction of being number one in the world for deaths from tuberculosis: 423,000 TB patients died in the year 2016.

  • HPV Vaccine Linked to Drop in Cases of Rare Childhood Disease

    The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests.

  • EPA approves bacteria-infected insects to kill mosquitoes

    No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest is also carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika.

  • FDA approves Prevymis to prevent cytomegalovirus following bone marrow transplant

    The FDA today approved letermovir tablets and injection, the first treatment indicated for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in adults who have been exposed to cytomegalovirus and underwent an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

  • Flu season is here, and experts are already concerned

    Last year's seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated.

  • WHO calls for restrictions on use of antibiotics in food animal production

    The World Health Organization is urging countries to restrict the amount of antibiotics given in food animal production by prohibiting their routine use in growth promotion and disease prevention.

  • TB outbreak has health officials on alert

    A Ramsey County-based outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis has grown to 17 cases, making it the largest in the country and prompting state health officials to monitor several hundred more people who may have been exposed.

  • New evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists say

    Experts who work on the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have long known that it can cause serious neurological symptoms, such as memory problems and tremors, when it invades the brain and spinal cord.

  • The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change: What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?

    From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory.

  • Why hasn't California cracked down on anti-vaccination doctors? A loophole in state law

    A year ago, California officials appeared to be coming down hard on doctors and parents who were reluctant to vaccinate children.

  • Although the number of Zika cases has fallen, the virus is unlikely to vanish

    Less than a year after the World Health Organization declared that Zika is no longer a public health emergency, the virus seems to have fallen from public consciousness, at least outside heavily affected areas.

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America opposes House bill seeking to eliminate Prevention and Public

    A federal fund that helps state and local efforts to detect and respond to disease outbreaks, supports immunization and critical health responses is at risk of legislative elimination, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

  • IDSA honors first two institutions with new antimicrobial stewardship designation

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently announced that Providence Saint John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron, Ohio, are the first to receive its Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence designation.

  • Flu bug ramps up, but too early to predict season’s severity

    A flurry of flu viruses and other respiratory pathogens that cause seasonal misery already are circulating on Long Island and elsewhere in New York — with the influenza bug potentially the most potent.

  • 'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    The chicken for sale at your local grocery store isn't like the chicken your grandparents used to eat.

  • 48th Union World Conference: In the long path to TB care, competence is among the obstacle

    One after another, patients came to clinics and hospitals in rural China complaining of alarming, nagging and debilitating symptoms.

  • Deadly Plague Outbreak in Madagascar Appears to Wane

    The large plague outbreak that began in Madagascar in August appears to be waning, according to government case counts and local news reports.

  • 48th Union World Conference: Review finds missed opportunities for preventive therapy for children w

    While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with HIV in the high-burden country found that just 55 percent of eligible children were prescribed the treatment, a presenter here said Oct. 12.

  • Nine countries on track to end HCV by 2030, US not among them

    Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, and Qatar are on course to eradicate hepatitis C by 2030, according to data presented at the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil.

  • San Diego reports 20th death from Hepatitis A outbreak

    San Diego County has reported a 20th person has died from a Hepatitis A outbreak — the worst of its kind in the United States in 20 years.

  • Doctors: Global warming is taking a toll on people’s health

    Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there’s hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said.

  • Report: Veterinary antibiotic sales, use in UK falling

    Health officials in the United Kingdom are hailing a new report showing that the use of veterinary antibiotics has fallen below government targets 2 years ahead of schedule, with the total amount of veterinary antibiotics sold falling to its lowest level in more than 20 years.

  • Untreatable Gonorrhea Is Rapidly Spreading. Here’s What You Need to Know

    As drug-resistant gonorrhea rapidly spreads around the world, one team of researchers may have a strategy to combat it, according to a new study.

  • What you need to know about the new shingles vaccine

    Barbara Campbell has twice had shingles. Each time, one side of her body was covered in “thousands of these horrid blisters.” She could only wear the lightest silk blouse. Anything else touching her skin hurt too much.

  • Uganda confirms 2nd Marburg case, isolates 2 others

    Uganda's health ministry yesterday confirmed a second fatal Marburg virus case, involving the 38-year-old brother of the country's first lab-confirmed case-patient.

  • How bad will flu season be? U. of C. researchers have had an idea for months

    If you’re wondering just how bad this year’s flu season will be, the University of Chicago has a prediction for you — worse than average, but better than last year’s major siege of the achy sniffles.

  • Court: Ohio can require people with HIV to tell sex partners

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell sexual partners of their status before having sex or risk criminal charges.

  • What Is Leptospirosis? Dozens of Cases Suspected in Puerto Rico

    Dozens of people in Puerto Rico are suspected to have contracted leptospirosis, a bacterial illness, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and several people have died from the disease.

  • Antibiotics, EDs linked to community C diff infections

    A study today confirms that antibiotic use is a primary risk factor for community-associated Clostridium difficile infection (CA-CDI), researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

  • Joined efforts to combat infectious disease threats are proactive, capable, and inclusive

    Health, finance, agricultural ministers and others gather this week in Kampala, Uganda, for the 4th Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA High-Level Ministerial Meeting.

  • Third dose of mumps vaccine recommended for at-risk populations in outbreaks

    With the U.S. facing a growing number of mumps outbreaks, an expert panel that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people who are at risk during outbreaks should receive an additional, third dose of vaccine.

  • No new deaths reported as San Diego's hepatitis A outbreak shows signs of slowing

    Though she added nine more cases to the total Tuesday, the region’s top public health official said there are continuing signs that San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak is slowing down.

  • Report details US, global steps to prevent next pandemic

    A break in key US support for global efforts to protect Americans and the world from pandemics could stall momentum that has been gaining steam in the wake of recent threats such as Ebola and Zika viruses, according to a new report from PATH, an international nonprofit group based in Seattle that advocates for innovations in medical countermeasures for improving global health.

  • Dead monkey prompts Sao Paulo to step up yellow fever vaccination

    Health authorities launched a yellow fever vaccination campaign on the north side of Brazil’s largest city over the weekend after a dead monkey was found infected with the disease, state and city officials said on Monday.

  • Man who repaired Harvey-flooded homes dies of flesh-eating bacteria

    Hurricane Harvey has claimed another victim, about two months after making landfall in Texas.

  • U.S. Hospitals Wrestle With Shortages of Drug Supplies Made in Puerto Rico

    One of the workhorses of Clarke County Hospital, a 25-bed facility in rural Osceola, Iowa, is an unassuming product known as a Mini-Bag.

  • The Deadly Panic-Neglect Cycle in Pandemic Funding

    It was the nightmare that wasn’t.


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