Infection Control

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Hospital Privacy Curtains Become Increasingly Contaminated

Ten to 14 days after being hung, curtains show increased MRSA positivity.

Ground Beef Recalled After <i>E Coli</i> Outbreak

Ground Beef Recalled After E Coli Outbreak

Beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Patrons of 'Vampire Facial' Spa May Have Been Exposed to HIV

Patrons of 'Vampire Facial' Spa May Have Been Exposed to HIV

Inspection at the VIP Spa in Albuquerque detected practices that might spread HIV or hepatitis B and C.

Final CDC Update on <i>Salmonella</i> Linked to Backyard Poultry

Final CDC Update on Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry

Live chicks, ducklings obtained from relatives, feed supply stores, websites, and hatcheries.

Drinking Water Turned Off in All Detroit's Public Schools

Drinking Water Turned Off in All Detroit's Public Schools

Decision made 'out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of students and employees'.

CDC: <i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak in 4 States Linked to Kosher Chicken

CDC: Salmonella Outbreak in 4 States Linked to Kosher Chicken

To date, 8 people have been hospitalized and 1 patient has died.

Antibiotics Often Unnecessary for Sacral Pressure Ulcers Complicated by Osteomyelitis

Antibiotics Often Unnecessary for Sacral Pressure Ulcers Complicated by Osteomyelitis

A systematic literature review, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found no evidence supporting a benefit to antibacterial therapy for osteomyelitis in patients with stage IV sacral pressure ulcers.

Vaccinations Begin in Congo Ebola Outbreak

Vaccinations Begin in Congo Ebola Outbreak

First to be vaccinated will be health workers, contacts of confirmed Ebola patients.

New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

New Tick Species Spreading in the United States

Asian longhorned tick currently considered a greater threat to livestock than to humans.

Some Bacteria Now More Tolerant of Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

Some Bacteria Now More Tolerant of Alcohol-Based Sanitizers

Enterococci bacteria surviving exposure for longer periods of time.

Severe Asthma Risk Increased From <i>Aspergillus fumigatus</i> Sensitization

Severe Asthma Risk Increased From Aspergillus fumigatus Sensitization

Sensitization to Aspergillus fumigatus increased the risk for severe asthma.

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

Infectious disease experts from Emory University School of Medicine recommend that patients contemplating travel to Zika-affected areas consult with their care providers regarding travel plans and potential Zika virus testing.

FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela

FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela

Illnesses appear to be caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.

Is New Surveillance Monitoring Required for Enterococcal Oxazolidinone Resistance?

Is New Surveillance Monitoring Required for Enterococcal Oxazolidinone Resistance?

A study was conducted to evaluate the oxazolidinone resistance mechanisms of enterococci bacteria.

Viruses Identified As Most Common Cause of Meningitis in UK Adults

Viruses Identified As Most Common Cause of Meningitis in UK Adults

Estimated annual incidence of viral meningitis is 2.73 per 100,000 UK adults.

Irrigation Water Likely Cause of Romaine Lettuce <i>E. Coli</i> Outbreak

Irrigation Water Likely Cause of Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak

According to the CDC, outbreak that started in the spring and is now over

National HIV Testing Day Is on June 27

National HIV Testing Day Is on June 27

Annual occasion is a good time for health care providers to encourage testing

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due to <i>Salmonella</i> Risk

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

Twenty-four people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases Issues Recommendations

WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases Issues Recommendations

Although heads of state and governments have pledged to reduce premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030, many countries are not on track to achieve this goal.

60 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

60 Sickened So Far in Salmonella-Tainted Melon Outbreak

31 people have been hospitalized; no deaths reported to date.

CDC Says <i>E Coli</i> Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Is Over

CDC Says E Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Is Over

197 cases of illness linked to the E coli outbreak, 5 of which were fatal

CDC IDs Outbreak Trends Tied to Treated Recreational Water

CDC IDs Outbreak Trends Tied to Treated Recreational Water

Outbreaks with confirmed infectious etiology usually caused by Cryptosporidium, Legionella, Pseudomonas

CDC: Get Vaccinated for Measles Before Traveling

CDC: Get Vaccinated for Measles Before Traveling

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The CDC recommends 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, which provides 97% protection against measles, prior to international travel.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in 221 US Healthcare Facilities in 2017

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in 221 US Healthcare Facilities in 2017

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Antibiotic resistance is a nationwide issue that affects every state, so how do we combat it?

Acute infectious diarrhea: a clinical approach

Acute infectious diarrhea: a clinical approach

The first step for managing a patient with diarrhea is to determine the severity of dehydration according to the estimated volume loss and the symptoms and signs noted on physical examination.

The flu shot versus flu nasal spray—which is more effective?

The flu shot versus flu nasal spray—which is more effective?

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In a study of pediatric patients, vaccine coverage in both LAIV and IIV groups was similar.

Early ART lowers risk of HIV-1 infection among sexual partners

Early ART lowers risk of HIV-1 infection among sexual partners

Researchers observed 78 HIV-1 among partners, with an annual incidence of 0.9%.

FDA approves new HPV test

FDA approves new HPV test

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A new HPV screening test that uses cervical cells collected for a Pap test has been approved by the FDA.

Managing aspergillosis: updated guidelines from IDSA

Managing aspergillosis: updated guidelines from IDSA

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New guidelines for the treatment and management of aspergillosis have been published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Epclusa approved to treat chronic hepatitis C

Epclusa approved to treat chronic hepatitis C

The combination drug treats 6 strains of chronic hepatitis C.

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