Infectious Disease News


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

Table of Contents

Q&A: Understanding persistent low-level viremia in people with HIV

Progress against staph infections has ‘stalled,’ CDC says

ACIP updates schedules for vaccines against Japanese encephalitis, anthrax

Transplant tourism: A ‘pervasive’ and dangerous ‘shadow world of medicine’

Oregon boy’s case shows how ‘horrific’ tetanus can be

AAP recommends both nasal spray and flu shot for 2019-2020 season

Novel flu vaccine shows efficacy against mismatched H3N2 virus

Amid ongoing violence, Ebola outbreak in Congo tops 1,000 cases

Cover Story

Probiotics: An unproven answer to prevent C. difficile infection


Collaboration in infection control essential to meet future health crises

Judith A. Guzman-Cottrill, DO

Eye on ID

Watch out for C. auris: It’s not just a problem for infection control

Suzanne F. Bradley, MD


Clostridioides difficile: What's in a name?

Hooked on ID

with Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS

In the Journals

In anthrax attack, brief checklist can rapidly identify victims

Many patients with advanced cancer inappropriately treated for UTIs

More evidence MMR vaccine does not cause autism, even in at-risk children

Relationship between T. vaginalis, TVV may be commensal

‘Sentinel chickens’ implicate Florida Panhandle as epicenter for Eastern equine encephalitis virus in US

Severity of Zika outbreak explains microcephaly rate in northeast Brazil

Spaceflight activates latent herpes viruses in astronauts, NASA study shows

‘SuperTowel’: Treated fabric could decontaminate hands in emergency

Updated guidance on asymptomatic bacteriuria adds patients who should not be tested

Vaginal TFV gel may protect against HSV-2 in women

Hospital-based stewardship does not reduce fluoroquinolone prescribing at discharge

Hospital cleaning bundle reduces VRE infections by 37%

Patients with sickle cell disease may have lower risk for C. difficile

Analysis shows ‘meaningful’ decline in outpatient antibiotics in New England

Aerosol transmission of CRAB possible from ventilated patients

CHG bathing not associated with lower risk for gram-negative infections

14% of patients at Ohio hospital positive for toxigenic C. difficile at admission

Early palliative care consultation reduces antimicrobial consumption at end of life

Any exposure to fluconazole during pregnancy increases risk for spontaneous abortions

DAAs effective in patients coinfected with HCV and HIV

Ebola survivors face high burden of ongoing health issues

Hepatic steatosis common in young adults with life-long HIV

Meeting News

VIDEO: TB prevention critical among people with HIV

VIDEO: Latest case of HIV remission a 'nice example' of interdisciplinary cooperation

Home-based universal test-and-treat program cuts HIV incidence by 30%

VIDEO: Addressing the syndemic of STIs and HIV

Tshepiso study: Preventive TB therapy not associated with poor pregnancy outcomes

Study demonstrates cardiac safety of bedaquiline plus delamanid for MDR-TB

Studies support use of integrase inhibitors in pregnant women with HIV

VIDEO: 'No clear road map' for HIV cure strategies

VIDEO: Engaging young MSM in prevention strategies, treatment

HIV self-test kits improve testing rates among sexual partners

Initiating ART without CD4 testing increases early mortality risk

IV drug use, HCV predict syphilis in women with HIV

PrEP uptake increases nearly 30% among MSM at high risk for HIV

London man is second person to achieve sustained HIV remission after stem cell transplant

Discover trial: TAF noninferior to TDF for HIV PrEP

Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV viral suppression, retention in care by 14%

‘Reassured’: Short TB treatment safe in adults with HIV on dolutegravir

Pilot study finds HCV treatment safe in pregnancy

Pharmacology Consult

4 months of rifampin for latent TB shows promise

Kati Shihadeh, PharmD, BCIDP; Khanh-Linh Le, PharmD


Which probiotics or combination of probiotics hold the most promise for C. difficile prevention?