Meeting News

Opioid epidemic the ‘public health issue of our time,’ CDC’s Redfield says

April 4, 2019
BALTIMORE — CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, recounted an incident he witnessed riding the train to work 1 day. Commotion erupted as a…

Meeting NewsPerspective

Adults at high risk for HIV show ‘alarmingly’ low HPV vaccination rate

April 2, 2019
ATLANTA — Adults at high risk for HIV infection based on injectable drug use or high-risk sexual behavior showed low rates of HPV vaccination…

In the Journals

WHO chronic HBV guidelines fail to detect half of untreated Ethiopian patients

March 28, 2019
Current WHO guidelines for chronic hepatitis B failed to detect half of the patients in need of treatment in Ethiopia and more than half of those who…


Q&A: Legal implications of Rockland County’s state of emergency over measles outbreak

March 27, 2019
In December 2018, schools located in Rockland County, New York, determined that unvaccinated children would not be allowed to attend classes as a…

In the Journals

Waiting to vaccinate older adults may reduce flu cases, deaths

March 26, 2019
Vaccinating older adults against influenza from October to May instead of August to May could prevent at least 11,400 more influenza cases and…

UN reports spike in cholera cases among children in Yemen

March 25, 2019
Cholera cases have increased in Yemen within recent weeks, where 108,889 suspected cases and 190 deaths have been reported since January…

In the Journals

Spaceflight activates latent herpes viruses in astronauts, NASA study shows

March 25, 2019
Latent herpes virus reactivation has been documented in more than half of astronauts during space shuttle and International Space Station missions…

World TB Day: WHO updates guidelines, urges accountability

March 24, 2019
WHO fully released new treatment guidelines for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, or MDR-TB, and announced a package of actions it said is designed…

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GSK’s MMR vaccine safe, effective for US infants

March 22, 2019
GlaxoSmithKline’s measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was found to be safe and effective in healthy children in a phase 3 clinical trial. The…

FDA News

FDA committee OKs new H3N2 component for US flu vaccine

March 22, 2019
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, or VRBPAC, voted unanimously today to approve a new H3N2 component for…


Would it be more beneficial to promote a pneumococcal vaccine that includes all or most serotypes to prevent disease or a ‘custom’ vaccine based on serotype prevalence?

Infectious Disease News, March 2019
Click here to read the Cover Story, “PCV13 vaccination highly effective but complicated by serotype replacement”. Point

Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID with Dharushana Muthulingam, MD

Infectious Disease News, March 2019
“Typhus is not dead. It will live on for centuries and it will continue to break into the open whenever human stupidity and brutality give it a…

Cover Story

PCV13 vaccination highly effective but complicated by serotype replacement

Infectious Disease News, March 2019
Research has shown that bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia may peak in late winter. According to the CDC, the populations at greatest risk for…

Eye on ID

Acute flaccid myelitis: A mystery disease

Infectious Disease News, March 2019
Donald Kaye, MD, MACP
Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, is not a new syndrome or disease. The classical cause of the syndrome is infection with the poliomyelitis virus. Of…

In the Journals

Researchers sift through anti-vaccine Facebook comments to develop communication strategies

March 21, 2019
Researchers are now analyzing comments posted online by anti-vaccine advocates to help physicians tailor conversations with parents who are hesitant…

Pharmacology Consult

Pediatric implications of Xofluza — a new antiviral drug for influenza

Infectious Diseases in Children, March 2019
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
Four FDA-approved antiviral drugs are recommended by the CDC for the treatment of influenza during the 2018-2019 season. The latest drug to be…

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

March 15, 2019
The AAP recently announced that children can be vaccinated with either an inactivated influenza vaccine or a live-attenuated influenza vaccine for…


Biomarker may help better predict outcomes in HPV-positive head, neck cancer

March 15, 2019
Researchers have identified a gene panel that could lead to less intensive treatment for certain patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous…

Breaking News

WHO chief laments violence in DRC as Ebola cases near 1,000

March 14, 2019
As the outbreak nears 1,000 cases, WHO’s top official warned today that ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is threating…


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

March 13, 2019
A recent MMWR highlighted the care needed for a young, unvaccinated boy infected with tetanus. His inpatient care spanned 57 days, 47 of which were…