Read current official WHO and CDC news updates, listed below in the Newsfeeds section, descending from the most recent on top. See the notices from both organizations mapped globally immediately below.**
WHO Disease Outbreaks
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 18 Apr 2019The incidence of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued to increase this week; however, it remained confined to a limited geographical area within North Kivu and Ituri provinces. This recent trend is likely attributable, in part, to past and ongoing security issues, unrest amongst certain local populations, and lingering community mistrust towards outbreak response teams. Improved case detection and response activities have been observed in previously inaccessible hotspots.
In the 21 days between 27 March and 16 April 2019, 55 health areas within 11 health zones reported new cases; 39% of the 143 health areas affected to date (Table 1 and Figure 2). During this period, a total of 249 confirmed cases were reported from Katwa (124), Vuhovi (40), Mandima (28), Butembo (24), Beni (16), Oicha (6), Mabalako (5), Kalunguta (2), Masereka (2), Musienene (1), and Lubero (1).
Yellow fever – Brazil...
Thu, 18 Apr 2019In Brazil, seasonal increases of yellow fever have historically occurred between December and May.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 11 Apr 2019The rise in number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases observed in the North Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues this week. During the last 21 days (20 March to 9 April 2019), 57 health areas within 11 health zones reported new cases; 40% of the 141 health areas affected to date (Table 1 and Figure 2). During this period, a total of 207 probable and confirmed cases were reported from Katwa (83), Vuhovi (41), Mandima (29), Beni (21), Butembo (15), Oicha (8), Masereka (4), Lubero (2), Musienene (2), Kalunguta (1), and Mabalako (1).
As of 9 April, a total of 1186 confirmed and probable EVD cases have been reported, of which 751 died (case fatality ratio 63%). Of the 1186 cases with reported age and sex, 57% (675) were female, and 29% (341) were children aged less than 18 years. The number of healthcare workers affected has risen to 87 (7% of total cases), including 31 deaths. To date, a total of 354 EVD patients who received care at Ebola Treatment Centres (ETCs) have been discharged.
CDC Travel Notices:
Alert - Drug-Resistant Infections in Patients Who Had Weight-Loss...
Wed, 17 Apr 2019Some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, have been diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. (weight loss surgery, bariatric, Tijuana, Mexico, Grand View Hospital, VIM, carbapenemase)
Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Tue, 16 Apr 2019There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Warning - Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe...
Fri, 05 Apr 2019Parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai. US residents should avoid nonessential travel to Beira City and the surrounding area in Mozambique. Travelers to other affected parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe should take steps to prevent illness and injury.
Alert - Rubella in Japan...
Mon, 11 Mar 2019There is an outbreak of rubella in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against rubella with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.
Watch - Measles in Ukraine...
Mon, 11 Mar 2019Health officials in Ukraine have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Ukraine protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
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CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
Current Journal Updates
Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
Mon, 08 Apr 2019
Mon, 08 Apr 2019
Mon, 08 Apr 2019Two errors appeared in this article which was published in the 1 January 2019 issue of the journal [Tam J, Papenburg J, Fanella S, et al. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada Study of Respiratory Syncytial Virus–associated Deaths in Pediatric Patients in Canada, 2003–2013. Clin Infect Dis 2019; 68(1):113–119. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciy413].
Listen: New England Journal of Medicine
The New England Journal of Medicine is a weekly general medicine journal, and this audio news feed presents interviews with specialists.
NEJM Interview: Dr. David Ansell on racial disparities in health ...
Wed, 17 Apr 2019Dr. David Ansell is the senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. K. Pallok, F. De Maio, and D.A. Ansell. Structural Racism — A 60-Year-Old Black Woman with Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2019;380:1489-1493.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Scott Podolsky on the revolution in pharmaceu...
Wed, 08 May 2019Dr. Scott Podolsky is a professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. S.H. Podolsky, D. Herzberg, and J.A. Greene. Preying on Prescribers (and Their Patients) — Pharmaceutical Marketing, Iatrogenic Epidemics, and the Sackler Legacy. N Engl J Med 2019;380:-.
NEJM Interview: Terry Langbaum and Dr. Tom Smith on issues faced ...
Wed, 03 Apr 2019Terry Langbaum is chief administrative officer at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Tom Smith is a medical oncologist and the director of palliative medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. T. Langbaum and T.J. Smith. Time to Study Metastatic-Cancer Survivorship. N Engl J Med 2019;380:1300-1302.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Whole-Blood Testing for Diagnosis of Acute Zika Virus Infections ...
Mon, 22 Apr 2019J. Voermans et al.
Dengue Outbreak during Ongoing Civil War, Taiz, Yemen...
Fri, 29 Mar 2019K. A. Alghazali et al.
Comparative Analysis of Whole-Genome Sequence of African Swine Fe...
Tue, 26 Mar 2019J. H. Forth et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
US flu still elevated but dropping; deaths as high as 57,000...
Fri, 19 Apr 2019
News Scan for Apr 19, 2019...
Fri, 19 Apr 2019MCR-1 in musselsNew Saudi MERS casePolio case in NigeriaYemen cholera warning
WHO Ebola responder killed in hospital attack...
Fri, 19 Apr 2019
Johns Hopkins Medicine RSS Feed:
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Study Shows Increased Risk of Uterine Fibroids in African-America...
Thu, 28 Dec 2017
In a study of medical records gathered on hundreds of thousands of African-American women, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have evidence that women with a common form of hair loss have an increased chance of developing uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids.
More Tumor Mutations Equals Higher Success Rate With Cancer Immun...
Wed, 20 Dec 2017
The “mutational burden,” or the number of mutations present in a tumor’s DNA, is a good predictor of whether that cancer type will respond to a class of cancer immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors, a new study led by
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centerresearchers shows. The finding, published in the Dec. 21 New England Journal of Medicine, could be used to guide future clinical trials for these drugs.
How Electroconvulsive Therapy Relieves Depression Per Animal Expe...
Mon, 18 Dec 2017
In a study using genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered some new molecular details that appear to explain how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly relieves severe depression in mammals, presumably including people. The molecular changes allow more communication between neurons in a specific part of the brain also known to respond to antidepressant drugs.
American Journal of Infection Control:
RSS feed including 'the latest published articles, both published in an issue and published as Articles in Press.'
Pitfalls and Unexpected Benefits of an Electronic Hand Hygiene M...
2019-04-17No single strategy is more effective than proper hand hygiene (HH) in reducing the spread of nosocomial infections. Unfortunately, health care worker compliance with HH is imperfect. We sought to improve HH compliance using an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system (EHHMS) in 2 units to collect unbiased data and provide feedback.
International responses to the 2015 APIC MegaSurvey
2019-04-16The prevention of health care–associated infections is an international concern. Infection preventionists across the world play a key role in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating infection control policies. In 2015, the APIC launched the MegaSurvey to establish the state of the infection preventionist workforce. This brief report will describe and compare responses from the United States, Canada, and “other” countries to establish a professional baseline and set an agenda for future international collaborations.
Predictors of mortality in patients infected with carbapenem-res...
2019-04-16Acinetobacter baumannii is an important opportunistic pathogen that causes nosocomial infections, predominantly bloodstream and respiratory infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia, especially among critically ill patients.1,2 Carbapenems are commonly used for the treatment of serious infections caused by A baumannii. However, in recent decades, carbapenem-resistant A baumannii (CRAB) has emerged and permanently replaced the carbapenem-susceptible clones. Resistance is mainly due to overexpression of intrinsic and/or acquired β-lactamases, particularly carbapenem-hydrolyzing β-lactamases (carbapenemases).