Infectious Disease News


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

Table of Contents

New findings support decision not to use FluMist vaccine

New data support efficacy of GEN-003 vaccine against genital lesions

Mother exposes newborn to group B streptococcus after taking placenta pills

Central venous catheters associated with increased risk for bloodstream infections

Deadly anthrax outbreak in Zambia caused by hippo meat

No explanation for record number of California valley fever cases

No change in CDC’s HIV screening recommendation for MSM

Licensing agreement advances RSV vaccine patented by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

IGNITE4: Eravacycline noninferior to meropenem in patients with cIAIs

IDSA, AASLD critical of Cochrane review of HCV drugs

Maine woman dies of rare deer tick virus

Metabolic biosignature differentiates between Lyme disease, STARI

Epclusa receives FDA approval for HIV/HCV coinfection in all genotypes

Fleas from two Arizona counties test positive for plague

CDC updates Zika testing guidance following decline in disease prevalence

CDC, EU reports highlight need to improve antibiotic use

Q&A: Initiative to combat infectious disease using novel approaches

Billions at risk for diseases without safe drinking water, sanitation

Resistant bacteria decline sharply after hospital unit renovated

Primary care HIV screening cost effective, life-saving

Abstinence-only programs ineffective, damaging

CDC reports sharp increase in cases of cyclosporiasis

At Issue

What is the greatest infectious disease threat to Americans traveling overseas?

Cover Story

Many international travelers ignore dangers of infectious disease


Travel medicine and ID: Partners in an era of frequent global movement

Lin H. Chen, MD, FACP, FASTMH, FISTM; Mary Elizabeth Wilson, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FASTMH, FISTM

Eye on ID

MERS-CoV: Waiting for Godot for answers

Donald Kaye, MD MACP; Majorie P Pollack, MD

FDA News

FDA approves Mavyret, the first pan-genotypic 8-week treatment for HCV


After 3 decades, STD epidemic reaches ‘decisive moment’

In the Journals

PCPs safely, effectively administer HCV treatment

Maternal antibiotic use linked to birth defects

Prednisolone ineffective for lower respiratory tract infections

Saliva-based assay successfully tests for hepatitis E

Review confirms efficacy, safety of common latent TB treatments

Eye abnormalities may be earliest sign of congenital Zika virus infection

In the Journals Plus

Influenza vaccine protective in elderly patients

HPV16 harder to eliminate than other genotypes

Increase in pertussis linked to nonmedical vaccine exemptions, waning immunity

Influenza variant in farm fair pigs infects humans

Liver cirrhosis a risk factor for treatment failure in HCV–HIV coinfection

Inappropriate antibiotics, overdiagnosis may hinder sepsis treatment pathway

Rapid S. aureus diagnosis, direct ID response improve outcomes

Rapid malaria tests curb needless ACT, increase antibiotic use

Screening should target M. genitalium in patients with HIV

Vaccination decreased measles antibody in plasma donors

Sporicidal, hydrogen peroxide disinfectants effective against multidrug-resistant C. auris

Poor kidney function increases risk for community-acquired infections

Not all symptomatic men will have detectible Zika virus RNA in semen

Monthly vitamin D improves lumbar spine bone density in youth with HIV

Novel score predicts 10-year TB risk in patient contacts

Point-of-care HIV testing in infants leads to faster ART start

Patients frequently acquire C. difficile after transfer to long-term care

HPV behind nearly 75% of oropharyngeal cancer cases in Canada

Ebola RNA persists in semen longer than 2 years

Genetic marker may help identify patients at high risk for severe influenza

Antimicrobial stewardship programs significantly reduce drug-resistant bacteria

Cardiac device-related infection risk depends on bacterial species

Empirical antibiotics do not reduce mortality in patients with CAUTI

Bariatric surgery associated with increased intra-abdominal infection, UTI risk

Campylobacteriosis increases 21% in US

Despite falling MRSA hospitalizations, serious MRSA-related infections persist

Antibiotic use 8 weeks after FMT increases risk for treatment failure

Colonized with MDROs, patients’ hands contaminate high-touch surfaces

Bacteria increase HIV risk 63% in uncircumcised men

HIV drug resistance found in more than half of young children in Africa

Group suggests dropping 30 antibiotics from CMS list for sepsis

Heterosexual partners of people with chlamydia likely to be infected

High-dose influenza vaccine reduces hospitalizations among nursing home residents

Meeting News

Swaziland halves rate of new HIV infections

Janssen’s HIV vaccine shows promise in clinical trial

Stigma due to age may impact HIV care in older adults

HIV drugs show promise in phase 3 trials

Pharmacology Consult

Flu vaccine: The other ‘pneumonia shot’

Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, AQ-ID