Infectious Disease News


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

Table of Contents

Ninety percent of HIV transmissions linked to people not in care

CDC, AAP approve recommended pediatric immunization schedules for 2015

Senate health committee discusses measles, vaccination strategies

UCLA reports CRE exposure related to endoscopic procedure

ACIP confirms recommendation for annual influenza vaccination

Cover Story

Unpredictability remains the one constant with seasonal influenza


The Ebola epidemic: No effective therapy without proper diagnosis

Emmanuel d'Harcourt, MD, MPH

Eye on ID

Ebola virus disease: Lessons learned

Donald Kaye, MD

FDA News

FDA approves Avycaz for cIAIs, cUTIs in adults

Xpert MTB/RIF assay cleared to determine if TB patients need isolation

In the Journals

Multifaceted intervention improved influenza vaccination in pediatric cancer cases

No unexpected safety concerns observed after adult MMR vaccination

Obesity related to influenza-associated respiratory mortality

More surveillance techniques increase rate of superficial SSIs

Land use changes may spark re-emergence of plague

Medicaid reimbursements under ACA improved appointment availability

Majority of hospitals have antimicrobial stewardship policies

Tamiflu shows no effect on duration of viral shedding

Steroids decrease treatment failure in severe pneumonia

VOICE trial shows low PrEP adherence, efficacy among women

TMP-SMX/spironolactone combination increased sudden death in seniors

Smartphone accessory tests for HIV, syphilis

Physicians frequently prescribe unnecessary antibiotics for RTIs

Online comments impact opinions on vaccination

Role of hospital epidemiologist growing, more resources needed

PTLDS costs estimated at $1 billion annually in US

Health insurance price-tiering of HIV drugs may deter high-cost patients

Cough, fever may be reliable prediction model for influenza

Craigslist personals linked to increase in reported HIV cases

Artemisinin resistance threatens to spread to India

Cough, fever may be reliable prediction model for influenza

Clearance of MRSA colonization occurs earlier than previously described

Biomarker levels associated with IRIS in patients with HIV, TB

Convalescent blood transfusion may reduce Ebola-related mortality

Aggressive HIV strain identified in Cuba

Half of US teenage girls fail to receive HPV vaccine at recommended age

ACIP's 2015 adult immunization schedule includes update for PCV13

HAV hospitalizations increase significantly since 1999

Desloratadine may kill Lyme disease-causing bacteria

Ethical challenges loom over digital epidemiology, data collection

Meeting News Coverage

Statins reduced non-calcified coronary plaque in HIV patients

Status disclosure patterns related to HIV care retention, viral load

ALLY-2: Daclatasvir/Sovaldi render high SVR rates in HIV/HCV patients

Text message reminders did not improve ART adherence

Attendance to HIV services at Guinea clinic declines sharply during Ebola epidemic

Tenofovir gel fails to prevent HIV infection in women

PrEP demonstrates more protection than expected in real-life setting

PrEP use high, effective among HIV serodiscordant African couples

High-dose rifampin reduced time to TB culture conversion

CVD mortality rates greater among those with HIV

JIKI trial: Favipiravir shows some benefit in Ebola treatment

Ryan White patients with HIV more likely to undergo ART

'On-demand' PrEP regimen successful among MSM

PROMISE: Triple antiretroviral regimens effectively prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission

Clustered transmission responsible for majority of XDR-TB cases

Pharmacology Consult

The burden of pneumococcal disease and challenges with adult vaccination

Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA