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Epidemic strains of C. difficile found in playground sandboxes

Infectious Disease News, August 2017

Read the Perspective from Andi L. Shane MD MPH MSc, Associate professor of pediatrics

Sandboxes in playgrounds that are unprotected from dogs and wild animals may harbor Clostridium difficile and expose children to epidemic strains of the bacteria, according to a study published in Zoonoses and Public Health.

José L. Blanco, PhD, DVM, from the department of animal health at the Complutense University of Madrid, and colleagues studied the presence of C. difficile in 20 pairs of sandboxes for children and dogs located in different playgrounds within the region of Madrid, Spain.

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C. difficile action plan at Denver Health Medical Center

Infectious Disease News, August 2017
Amelia Nelson, PharmD; Katherine Shihadeh, PharmD
Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, is frequently a preventable health care-acquired infection that is associated with high morbidity, mortality and cost. It is…

Yemen cholera outbreak hits 500,000 cases

August 14, 2017
Amid a collapsing health system and bloody civil war, the cholera outbreak in Yemen hit 500,000 cases over the weekend as millions of people remain without access to…
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Patients with HCV engage in risky behavior, causing excess mortality

August 14, 2017
Health risk behaviors, such as alcohol use, cigarette smoking and unhealthy diets, contributed equally toward mortality risk for patients with chronic hepatitis C as the…
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Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome: Cause, Effect, and Solutions to Improve Patients' Quality-of-Life

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Akcea Therapeutics™ A Subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Endorsed by: The National Pancreas Foundation.

Familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is a rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disease. The clinical…
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CDC reports sharp increase in cases of cyclosporiasis

August 7, 2017
The CDC is investigating a sharp increase in the number of cases of cyclosporiasis reported in the United States this…
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