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Health officials' quick response saves lives in 2012 meningitis outbreak

May 27, 2015

The 2012-2013 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened more than 750 people and contributed to 64 deaths may have had an even greater impact if not for the swift action of public health officials, according to a recent study in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

“In September 2012, the [CDC], in collaboration with state and local health departments, initiated a multistate investigation into an outbreak of fungal infections linked to injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate produced at a single compounding pharmacy,” Rachel M. Smith, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist in the mycotic diseases branch of the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “This contamination resulted in one of the largest outbreaks of health care-associated infections and the largest outbreak of fungal meningitis documented in the United States.”

GS-4774 for HBV fails to meet primary endpoint in phase 2 trial

May 27, 2015
Results from a phase 2 trial of GS-4774 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection showed that patients treated with the highest dose of the drug, in…
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Irrigation and debridement can be viable option for selected patients with periprosthetic joint infections

May 27, 2015
PRAGUE — Irrigation and debridement for the treatment of hip and knee periprosthetic joint infections is a reasonable option for selected patients and should be…

WHO prepares for potential Ebola resurgence during West African rainy season

May 27, 2015
While new Ebola cases in West Africa generally continue to decline, WHO officials said the organization will remain vigilant as it prepares for the rainy…
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Low-grade infections a growing problem in shoulder, elbow surgeries

May 27, 2015
PRAGUE — Postoperative, low-grade infections in the shoulder and elbow are becoming a growing problem in orthopedic surgeries, a speaker reported today at the 16th…
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The Patient with Hepatitis C

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VIDEO: C-SURFER: Patients with kidney disease, HCV achieve high rates of SVR

VIDEO: C-SURFER: Patients with kidney disease, HCV achieve high rates of SVR

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VIENNA — Howard Monsour Jr., MD, chief of hepatology, Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, discussed results of…
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HCV VOICE II: Optimizing Virological Outcomes with Integrated HCV Education

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