Top stories in infectious disease: L. infantum prevalent among sewer rats in Barcelona, levofloxacin disrupts gut microbiome less than broad-spectrum beta-lactams

June 18, 2019
Among the top stories in infectious disease last week were a study that found around one-third of Norway rats captured in the sewers of Barcelona…

In the Journals

Universal pregnancy screening for HCV could eliminate transmission in Canada

June 18, 2019
In a recently published commentary, Chelsea Elwood, MD, from the University of British Columbia, and colleagues advised that Canadian guidelines…

At Issue

Is the world due for an influenza pandemic?

Infectious Disease News, June 2019
Research has shown that an influenza pandemic is more likely to strike in the spring or summer than at the height of seasonal influenza season. But…

Cover Story

‘Common-sense’ precautions reduce risk for variant flu at fairs

Infectious Disease News, June 2019
Influenza seasons are often unpredictable in timing, severity and which virus will predominate. Influenza pandemics, caused by novel viruses, are…

Meeting News

AMA: End non-medical vaccine exemptions

June 14, 2019
The AMA voted to expand its previous policy to advocate for programs or legislature that incentivize states to end nonmedical exemptions for mandated…

In the Journals

HCV treatment with Epclusa safe in patients undergoing dialysis for ESRD

June 14, 2019
Although not currently licensed for patients undergoing dialysis for severe renal impairment, researchers found that treatment with Epclusa for…

Point/Counter

Should the US government leverage patents held by the CDC to push down the price of Truvada?

Infectious Diseases in Children, June 2019
POINT. The federal government should sue Gilead to enforce its patents on PrEP and lower the price of the treatment. I am impressed by the fact that…

Perspective

FDA issues safety alert on fecal transplants after patient dies

June 14, 2019
Two adults with weakened immune systems who received investigational fecal microbiota transplantations developed invasive infections caused by…

In the Journals

ECHO trial: HIV risk does not differ by contraceptive method

June 13, 2019
In reassuring findings for women seeking birth control options, researchers said they found no substantial difference in risk for HIV infection among…

Public health leaders commit to promoting global vaccine acceptance

June 12, 2019
The Salzburg Global Fellows, an international group of public health leaders, has issued a statement confirming its commitment to worldwide vaccine…

Q&A: China’s control strategy for H7N9 flu virus

June 12, 2019
In 2013, China experienced the first outbreak of avian influenza A(H7N9). Since then, the country has implemented many interventions to control the…

In the Journals

USPSTF: PrEP should be offered to patients at high risk for HIV

June 11, 2019
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that patients at high risk for HIV be offered pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, with…

Top stories in infectious disease: More than 1 million new STIs acquired each day worldwide; tuberculosis rates higher in US, Canada-born contacts

June 11, 2019
Among the top stories in infectious disease last week were data from the World Health Organization that determined 1 million new urogenital STIs are…

In the Journals

Parkinson’s disease rates lower in patients treated vs. untreated for HCV

June 10, 2019
Patients who received interferon-based antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C had a significantly lower incidence rate of Parkinson’s…

In the Journals

Flu-related hospitalization rates, risk for death increase with age among elderly

June 10, 2019
Among adults aged 65 years or older, increasing age was associated with higher rates of influenza-related hospitalizations and higher risk for death…

In the Journals

Few infants in NYC with possible ZIKV exposure have associated birth defects

June 7, 2019
Approximately 5% of infants with possible congenital Zika virus exposure had defects at birth potentially associated with the infection, according to…

In the Journals

Vaccine attitudes improve by connecting with people who have suffered from diseases

June 7, 2019
Vaccine-hesitant college students who spoke with family or community members who experienced a vaccine-preventable disease, or VPD, softened their…

Feature

Q&A: Measles cases top 1,000 in US, so what does that mean?

June 6, 2019
This week, the CDC reported that measles cases have reached over 1,000 cases in the United States for the year despite a vaccine available that…

Perspective

WHO: 1 million new urogenital STIs acquired each day worldwide

June 6, 2019
There was an estimated global total of 376.4 million new chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis infections in men and women aged 15 to 49…

Researchers make new push to develop group A strep vaccine

June 6, 2019
Researchers are relying on DNA sequencing technology to narrow down a future vaccine candidate for A Streptococcus, or GAS, that can be used…