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Chinese surveillance detects transmissible colistin resistance gene in livestock, humans

December 1, 2015

Enterobacteriaceae carrying a gene conferring transmissible polymyxin resistance have been identified and isolated from Chinese livestock and hospitalized patients, according to recent data.

“Until now, colistin resistance has occurred via chromosomal mutations and, although clonal outbreaks have been reported, the resistance is often unstable, imposes a fitness cost upon the bacterium and is incapable of spreading to other bacteria,” the researchers wrote. “The rapid dissemination of previous resistance mechanisms indicates that, with the advent of transmissible colistin resistance, progression of Enterobacteriaceae from extensive drug resistance to pan-drug resistance is inevitable and will ultimately become global.”

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Measles, other infectious diseases likely to return without vaccine adherence

November 30, 2015
NEW YORK — Without continued vaccination efforts, infectious diseases such as measles, are likely to return to the United States and become serious public health…

Recent deaths, microcephaly cases in Brazil linked to Zika virus infection

November 30, 2015
Brazil’s ministry of health linked two deaths and an unusual increase in the number of cases of microcephaly to Zika virus infection, according to a press release…

Multistate E. coli outbreak linked to Costco rotisserie chicken salad

November 30, 2015
Nineteen cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection, including five hospitalizations, are possibly linked to a celery and onion diced blend used…
In the Journals

FDA's scope reprocessing guidelines most cost-effective for infection prevention

November 30, 2015
A cost-utility analysis of four different endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography duodenoscope reprocessing strategies for preventing patient transmission of…
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The Patient with HIV Infection

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The selection of the initial regimen is critical in that it is usually the longest duration regimen that a patient will…
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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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The Patient with Norovirus Infection

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Norovirus is highly contagious, highly persistent and often remains present after disinfection. This educational…
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