Infection Control

Shorter Antibiotic Course Noninferior for Gram-Negative Bacteremia

Shorter Antibiotic Course Noninferior for Gram-Negative Bacteremia

A 7-day antibiotic course has demonstrated noninferiority compared with a 14-day course in treating uncomplicated gram-negative bacteremia.

WHO: Vaccine Hesitancy a Major Global Health Threat

WHO: Vaccine Hesitancy a Major Global Health Threat

Percentage of US children 19 to 35 months who have not been vaccinated has quadrupled since 2001.

FDA: Chocolates, Candies May Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

FDA: Chocolates, Candies May Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

Worker at Bauer's Candies facility in Kentucky tested positive for hepatitis A.

Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscopes in ICU Show High Levels of Bacterial Contamination

Highest levels of contamination on practitioner stethoscopes, those in patient rooms.

Recalled Kotex Tampons Can Unravel Inside Body

Recalled Kotex Tampons Can Unravel Inside Body

Small number of reports include infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury.

FDA: Another <i>E. coli</i> Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

FDA: Another E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

So far, 32 people across 11 states have become sick with E. coli after eating romaine lettuce.

Showerhead Mycobacteria Abundant in Regional 'Hot Spots'

Showerhead Mycobacteria Abundant in Regional 'Hot Spots'

These areas often overlap with regions of prevalent nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease.

CDC Director Says Congo Ebola Outbreak May Be Uncontainable

CDC Director Says Congo Ebola Outbreak May Be Uncontainable

Outbreak in North Kivu province is in its fourth month, and there have been nearly 300 cases.

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

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