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FDA recommends Zika testing for all US blood donations

August 26, 2016

Today, the FDA expanded its recommendation for Zika virus testing to include all donated whole blood and blood components acquired in the U.S. and its territories.

Prior guidance released in February recommended only that areas with active transmission screen donated blood products for the virus, or take steps to reduce the risk of contaminated blood. According to today’s revision, the agency now recommends all donations be screened using a licensed test, or one authorized for use by the FDA under an investigational new drug application. The guidance also advocates the use of an FDA-approved pathogen-reduction device for donated plasma and certain platelet products.

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ESCMID updates guidelines for diagnosis of C. difficile infection

August 26, 2016
The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases has released updated guidance on laboratory diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection. These…
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Antiretroviral use shows no reduction in ESLD incidence

August 26, 2016
Despite increasing use of antiretrovirals, no reduction in end-stage liver disease risk was observed among patients coinfected with HIV and viral hepatitis during a…
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CDC updates guidance for infants with possible congenital Zika virus

August 26, 2016
The CDC recently updated its interim guidance for health care providers when caring for babies whose mothers had possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy…
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Fluoroquinolones most frequently prescribed antibiotic for uncomplicated UTI in women

August 26, 2016
Fluoroquinolones were the most frequently prescribed antibiotic treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women aged 18 years and older from 2002 to 2011…
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