EXPERT SUMMARIES of the top 30 journals in infectious disease
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Restroom hand dryers spread more bacteria than paper towels

Best EL. J Hosp Infect. 2014;doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2014.08.002.
The use of air-powered hand dryers may spread more airborne bacteria than paper towels, according to data. Researchers from the University of Leeds…
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HBV vaccine provides lasting protection to HCWs, with no booster needed

Gara N. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu867.
When vaccinated against hepatitis B virus as adults, health care workers appeared to receive robust and long-lasting vaccine protection, according…
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Multiple BPG doses did not improve treatment response in HIV patients with syphilis

Ganesan A. Clin Infect Dis.2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu888.
A single dose of benzathine penicillin G appeared to be as effective as multiple doses in the treatment of early syphilis in HIV-infected…
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Surveillance algorithm identified onset of influenza outbreaks

Reich NG. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu749.
The use of an automated surveillance algorithm could more accurately determine the beginning of influenza season, according to recent data…
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Small percentage of MSM with gonorrhea had persistent disease DNA after therapy

Bissessor M. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu873.
At 14 days after treatment for pharyngeal and rectal gonorrhea, DNA of the disease was detected in 8% of men who have sex with men, according to…
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Twitter data reduced influenza forecasting error

Paul MJ. PLoS Curr. 2014;doi:10.1371/currents.outbreaks.90b9ed0f59bae4ccaa683a39865d9117.
An influenza forecasting model that includes Twitter data could reduce errors in models that rely solely on historical records, according to recent…
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Pathogens causing skin, soft tissue infections found in hidradenitis suppurative lesions

Guet-Revillet H. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.3201/eid2012.140064.
Hidradenitis suppurativa lesions appeared to contain bacterial pathogens known to cause skin and soft tissue infections, according to researchers…
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HIV, STIs prevalent among male sex workers in Mexico City

Galárraga O. J Int AIDS Soc. 2014;doi:10.7448/IAS.17.1.19218.
HIV and other sexually transmitted infections were common among Mexican male sex workers, according to recent data. Omar Galárraga, PhD
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Vector-borne, zoonotic diseases pose threat to soldiers in Afghanistan

Newman ENC. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.3201/eid2012.131830.
Southern Afghanistan faces a potential reemergence of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases endemic to the region, possibly posing public health…
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Dracunculiasis cases continue to decline

Hopkins DR. MMWR. 2014;63:1050-1054.
The number of worldwide dracunculiasis cases has greatly declined during the past few years, according to recent findings in MMWR. Also known as…
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PCPs chose inappropriate antibiotics based on cure rate beliefs, patient pressure

Sanchez GV. Emerg Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.3201/eid2012.1340331.
Among primary care practitioners in the United States, inappropriate selection of antibiotics is not due to lack of knowledge of guideline…
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Coding variations may have resulted in discrepancy in sepsis trends

Rhee C. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu750.
A discrepancy may exist between trends in the incidence of hospitalizations coded for sepsis and hospitalizations with corresponding objective…
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Novel, resilient antibiotic discovered in fungus

Essig A. J Biol Chem. 2014;doi:10.1074/jbc.M114.599878.
A novel peptide-based antibiotic agent has been identified as naturally occurring in a common fungi, according to recent data. Researchers at
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Atazanavir associated with higher triglycerides, fat levels vs. darunavir

Martinez E. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;doi:10.1093/cid/ciu898.
Although there was no difference in efficacy between atazanavir/ritonavir and darunavir/ritonavir, the atazanavir regimen was linked to higher…
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HIV transmission linked to shared manicure instruments

Matsuda EM. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2014;30:1150-1153.
Transmission of HIV-1 virus may be possible through the shared use of manicure instruments, according to recently published data. Elaine Monteiro
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