Infectious Disease News


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

Table of Contents

Global surveillance as an antimicrobial stewardship strategy: Updates from ASM Microbe 2018

George G Zhanel, PhD PharmD

Many high-risk patients report not being tested for HIV at clinical visit

Many travelers misuse ‘standby’ antibiotics

‘Less can be more’: Shorter rabies PrEP schedule safe, effective

$20 HBV test may increase treatment coverage in Africa

IDSA, ASM update lab diagnosis guide

MSM offer positive feedback on home-based PrEP care program

Novartis exit more bad news for antibiotics research

Most meningitis cases in UK caused by viruses

Online interactive program leads to lower STD rates among young MSM

Most armadillos in Brazilian Amazon carry leprosy

IAS-USA updates recommendations for treatment, prevention of HIV

CMS policy had minimal effect on CLABSI, CAUTI trends

Current Shingrix vaccination schedule unlikely cost-effective

Campaign encourages young people to talk to parents about HPV vaccine

Among ESBL-producing organisms, K. pneumoniae may be deadlier than E. coli

Black MSM in South underrepresented in HIV testing

Free testing, drug discounts improve use of ACTs for malaria

High numbers of HIV-positive MSM not being tested for syphilis

Highest resolution image of Zika virus can guide vaccine development

HCV vaccine could reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

Gene study shows men may need higher antibiotic doses for gonorrhea

Global coverage of HBV treatment remains low despite declining costs

Researchers create popular institution-specific antibiotic app

Tenofovir for chronic HBV reduces risk for hepatocellular carcinoma

‘Remarkable’ decline of skin and soft tissue infections seen in US EDs

Report details outbreaks linked to untreated recreational water

Researchers identify first known case of PrEP failure in developing country

Study: Fidaxomicin ‘better’ option than vancomycin in many C. difficile cases

Simultaneous kidney, pancreas transplant predicts SSI

TB vaccines ineffective against initial infection

Researchers use tiny transmitters to track Chagas disease-spreading ‘kissing bugs’

Rat lungworm parasite linked to consuming raw centipedes

Physician preferences on antibiotic prescribing feedback may improve ASPs

Study casts doubt on cost-effectiveness of dengue vaccine

Village-wide antibiotic prophylaxis reduces meningitis cases in epidemic

At Issue

Should reviews of physicians be allowed on Yelp?

Cover Story

Outpatient overprescribing: ‘Cultural shift’ needed to spare antibiotics


Tribute to Ted Eickhoff: Infectious disease practitioners as public health advocates

Kathleen F Gensheimer, MD MPH FIDSA

Eye on ID

Fosfomycin for uncomplicated cystitis in women: Less for more?

Donald Kaye, MD MACP

FDA News

FDA approves Zemdri to treat cUTIs, but not bloodstream infection

FDA approves TPOXX to treat smallpox

FDA approves Krintafel for P. vivax malaria prevention in teens, adults

FDA strengthens safety warnings for fluoroquinolones

US will no longer test individual blood donations for Zika


As Ebola outbreak ends in Congo, new cluster emerges

In the Journals

IgA response poor indicator of rotavirus vaccine protection in infants

UTI prophylaxis increases likelihood of multidrug-resistant infection

Transplantation of HCV-infected kidney reduces cost, improves life expectancy in HCV patients

Novel ‘genotype 8’ surfaces among four patients with HCV

Less than 20% of teen girls with PID screened for HIV, syphilis

Most cholera cases spread within the home

Booklet reduces antibiotic prescribing for childhood fever

In the Journals Plus

Researchers identify risk factors for avian influenza at live bird markets

PrEP use for HIV prevention may be gateway to primary care

Grapes pressed with infected mice caused tularemia outbreak at German winery

Antibiotic prophylaxis for recurring UTIs effective; resistance a concern

Citizen scientists discover disease-carrying ticks in 83 new US counties

Meeting News

Patients with HIV ‘highly satisfied’ with long-acting injectable therapy

MOF vaccines could ease concerns of breaking cold chain

DRIVE-FORWARD: Doravirine sustains safety, efficacy through 96 weeks

Measles, mumps outbreaks reveal need for hospital control strategies

Nurses ‘overlooked and underutilized’ in antimicrobial stewardship efforts

Patients with HIV achieve virologic suppression with rapid initiation Symtuza treatment

Pharmacology Consult

Ibalizumab: A new treatment option for MDR HIV-1

Kati Shihadeh, PharmD