Infectious Disease News


The following articles appeared in the print edition of INFECTIOUS DISEASE NEWS.

Table of Contents

Continued pertussis outbreaks call vaccine effectiveness into question

Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS

Olympic Games in Brazil come with personal, global health implications

Congress struggles to reach agreement on Zika funding bill

Ongoing varicella outbreak affects 75 children in New York

Patients with HIV, mental illness require integrated approach to care

CDC updates guidance on tick-borne rickettsial diseases

National data reveal prevalence of HIV among MSM on local level

Indian Health Service increases HCV testing rate fourfold

Lassa fever outbreak reported in Liberia

HCV prevalent among excessive alcohol drinkers, former drinkers

Four multistate Salmonella outbreaks in US linked to small turtles

Frequent antibiotic treatment increases spread of resistant N. gonorrhoeae more than sexual behavior

Persistence of Ebola virus in semen raises concerns over resurgence

WHO recommends shorter regimen, new diagnostic test for MDR-TB

Antiviral prophylaxis cost-effective to prevent perinatal HBV transmission

Antimicrobial resistance could claim 10 million lives annually, cost $100 trillion by 2050

WHO confirms outbreak Zika virus strain imported to Africa

WHO deems Angola yellow fever outbreak ‘serious public health event’

Societies raise concerns over FDA’s draft guidance on laboratory developed tests

CDC broadens weekly reporting of Zika pregnancies

CDC: More Americans die of HCV than any other infectious disease

3-D printers, lab-grown 'mini brains' used to study Zika's effect

Q&A: Getting people tested remains top priority in US eradication of HIV

At Issue

Is it safe for travelers to interact with camels in countries on the Arabian Peninsula?

Cover Story

MERS 4 years later: Still much to learn


Antibiotic stewardship programs: Potential and pitfalls

Burke A. Cunha, MD, MACP

Eye on ID

Armadillos: Vectors of leprosy in the US?

Donald Kaye, MD, MACP; Matthew E. Levison, MD

FDA News

FDA: Drug companies must estimate sales of antimicrobials by species

FDA approves Flucelvax Quadrivalent

FDA recommends limiting use of fluoroquinolones

In the Journals

National prevention program reduces CAUTIs, catheter use in non-ICUs

Integrated HCV testing model successfully increases linkage to care

Mucocutaneous findings, lesional skin associated with Zika virus infection

Influenza A virus may not cross-protect children against influenza B

Media reports of NICU outbreaks linked to increased antibiotic use

Maternal HIV infection reduces risk for neonatal sepsis in Zambia

H. pylori eradication linked to reduced gastric cancer incidence

HIV patients less likely to receive treatment for many cancers

CDC: Safety, health violations lead to thousands of public pool closures

Abstinence-only pledgers at increased risk for HPV, nonmarital pregnancy

Statins do not affect pneumonia patients’ LOS, mortality

Local transmission common during 2013 Texan dengue outbreak

Meeting News Coverage

Syphilis prevalence increases among pregnant women, infants

Probiotics reduce C. difficile infection risk in hospitalized patients taking antibiotics

Trumenba provides strong immune response among adolescents, young adults

Video on pneumococcal vaccination increases immunization rates

Novel orthopoxvirus discovered in Alaska patient

Patients contract SSIs after receiving FDA-regulated amniotic tissue product

Outbreak of Guillain-Barré syndrome in Brazil suggests Zika association

Novel TB skin test as accurate as IGRAs in phase 3 trials

Pediatric providers report adherence to IDSA CAP guidelines

MODIFY: Bezlotoxumab prevents recurrent C. difficile infection in high-risk patients

Preterm infants hospitalized for RSV face increased risk for ICU admission

Mortality, severe illness more common in MERS vs. SARI

Pertussis incidence significantly declines in New York after legislation

Switch from quadrivalent to 9-valent vaccine could reduce HPV prevalence

CDC recommends testing urine samples for Zika virus

Chronic liver disease represents 'excessive burden' for individuals, health care system

Contaminated heater-cooler units facilitate invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria infection

e-Health technology increases flu vaccination rates among college students

CDC: Providers should consider Zika in returning US travelers

Pharmacology Consult

Injectable antiretrovirals: The future of HIV management?

Kimberly D. Boeser, PharmD, BCPS AQ-ID; Bethanne Carpenter, PharmD

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