Infectious Disease News


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

Table of Contents

Our call to arms: HCV kills more than any other infectious disease

Michael S. Saag, MD

Researchers track Zika on ‘road trip’ through Brazil

Acquisition, impact of HIV drug resistance differs in children, adults

Lawmakers urge FDA to end celibacy policy for gay, bisexual blood donors

Outbreaks of Ebola, Zika highlight preparation shortfalls

CDC now reporting Zika-affected pregnancy, birth outcomes

Four countries eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV or syphilis

ACIP recommends that LAIV should not be used

World Health Assembly passes first initiative to end viral hepatitis by 2030

CMS requires antimicrobial stewardship for US hopsitals

World Health Assembly establishes new health emergencies program

Use of genetically modified mosquitoes lacks support

Top golfers Day, McIlroy among athletes skipping Olympics over Zika fears

Cover Story

Nearing the end: The final stages of polio eradication


Good news: Antimalarial drug resistance may come at a cost to the parasite

Philip J. Rosenthal, MD

Eye on ID

MERS-CoV: Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Donald Kaye, MD, MACP; Marjorie P. Pollack, MD

FDA News

FDA seeks more data on safety, effectiveness of antiseptic rubs

FDA approves Epclusa for all HCV genotypes

FDA advisory committee recommends bezlotoxumab for recurring C. difficile infection

FDA expands use of Tivicay for HIV-1 in children of lower weight

FDA approves cholera vaccine for travelers

In the Journals

Single dose of oral cholera vaccine less effective in younger children

RSV most common pathogen associated with pneumonia in South African children

Access to detailed VAERS reports reduces vaccine acceptance

Google search trends effective for outbreak surveillance

Decreased malarial transmission leads to increased susceptibility among children

PrEP not cost-effective for people who inject drugs

Persistent diarrhea requires proper assessment, diagnosis

Meeting News Coverage

More data support efficacy of GEN-003 therapeutic vaccine for HSV-2

MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia hospital linked to single patient

Infection control may have stopped MERS spread in South Korea dialysis unit

Researchers investigate PRO 140 as standalone therapy for HIV

Relebactam safe, effective against imipenem-resistant cUTIs

PrEP initiation gains mostly seen in males, whites

More than 75% of ED patients who receive antibiotics are STD-negative

Duodenoscope surveillance uncovers processing challenges

Solithromycin noninferior to moxifloxacin for CABP, circumvents macrolide resistance

Implementation of UTI prevention policies varies across nursing homes

Antibiotic prescriptions increased in Belgium despite public campaign

C. difficile patients diagnosed with PCR, NAATs more often receive prompt treatment

CDC: Source of E. anophelis outbreak still unknown

Multiplex testing does not reduce antibiotic use among non-flu respiratory outpatients

ACIP recommends meningitis ACWY vaccine for persons with HIV

Alcohol-based hand hygiene confers no additional benefit after 30 seconds

Contaminated gloves spread health care-associated pathogens across hospital surfaces

HEPLISAV-B vaccine safe, effective against HBV in patients with type 2 diabetes

Hawthorne effect limits accurate hand hygiene compliance rates

Flint water improves, but pathogenic forms of Legionella persist

Images triggering disgust improve hand hygiene compliance at hospital

Pharmacology Consult

Yellow fever outbreak complicated by vaccine shortage

Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA, BCPS AQ-ID