October 03, 2018
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Infectious Disease News prepares for IDWeek 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO — Infectious Disease News and will be onsite at IDWeek 2018 to provide live coverage of the latest research presented at the conference, held from Oct. 3 to 7.

IDWeek is an annual scientific meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Researchers, clinicians, quality and patient safety practitioners, epidemiologists and public health officials come together to share the latest developments in their field.

Through our onsite coverage, the IDN staff will offer readers industry news presented at the meeting, video perspectives with experts in their field and IDWeek-centric newswires featuring top headlines from the conference.

For the latest news throughout the week, visit our IDWeek meeting page.

In preparation for this year’s conference, check out some stories IDN covered last year:

Antibiotic ‘timeouts’ improve appropriateness of therapy, not number of prescriptions

Antibiotic timeouts allow physicians to re-evaluate a patient’s ongoing treatment after a few days to determine whether the therapy is working and if a change in prescription is needed. A quasi-experimental study conducted in numerous hospitals in Maryland showed that antibiotic timeouts did not change the amount of antibiotics prescribed to patients after 3 to 5 days of therapy, but the intervention did improve the appropriateness of the prescriptions. Read More.

San Diego manages hepatitis A outbreak with outreach, education

A large outbreak of hepatitis A virus in San Diego County prompted the county’s health care agencies and the CDC to implement strategies to identify risk factors, provide vaccinations and increase education among those at the highest risk for transmission. Read More.

PrEP prescriptions increase 1,000% in NYC, national awareness lags

Prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention rose almost 1,000% in New York City over 2 years, although socioeconomic and gender disparities in PrEP access persist. Read More.

Drinking more water cuts UTI risk in half, sparing antibiotics

Drinking around one more liter of water per day cuts the risk for urinary tract infections in half for women who are prone to getting them. In addition to preventing the infections, a study showed that women who drank more water were prescribed fewer antibiotics, an important step in reducing antimicrobial resistance. Read More.

GI, respiratory, skin disease top list among troops in Ebola response

Complaints of upper respiratory, gastrointestinal and skin disease symptoms accounted for the majority of clinical visits by United States military personnel during their response to the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. The same three complaints have been common in other military theaters, including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, researchers said. Read More.

MDRO carriage ‘extensive’ in interconnected facilities

Carriage of multidrug-resistant organisms is widespread in nursing homes and long-term acute-care facilities that are part of an interconnected network in Orange County, California — even rivaling carriage rates found among hospitalized patients on contact precautions, researchers found. Read More.