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  • Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Fe...
    Fri, 26 Feb 2021
    On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive clinical specimens were collected from poultry farm workers who participated in a response operation to contain an avian influenza A(H5N8) outbreak detected in a poultry farm in Astrakhan Oblast in the Russian Federation. The laboratory confirmation of the seven specimens were performed by the State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (WHO H5 Reference Laboratory). The age of seven positive cases ranged between 29 to 60 years and five were female.

    Between 3 and 11 December, a total of 101 000 of 900 000 egg laying hens on the farm died. This high mortality rate prompted an investigation. Samples were collected from these birds and an initial detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) was performed by the Russian regional veterinary laboratory. On 11 December, the outbreak was confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Reference laboratory, and the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI-ARRIAH), in Vladimir, the Russian Federation. Outbreak containment operations started immediately and continued for several days due to the large size of the poultry farm.
  • Ebola virus disease – Guinea...
    Wed, 17 Feb 2021
    On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus
  • Rift Valley fever – Kenya...
    Fri, 12 Feb 2021
    Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in

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  • A Middle-Aged Man With Skin Lesions, Progressive Deterioration of...
    Wed, 20 Oct 2021
    A 55-year-old, previously healthy male presented to our respiratory clinic with a 1-month history of chest distress and flank pain. He was diagnosed with bullous pemphigoid 3 months earlier and recovered after treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids. However, during glucocorticoids tapering, he developed new skin rashes (Figure 1A), fever, distress, and renal impairment. Three days after he was admitted to the ward, his renal function deteriorated rapidly, and he developed anuria. Laboratory studies revealed a white blood cell count of 5890 cells/mL, a decreased lymphocytes count of 130 cells/mL, positive urine protein, and occult blood. Serum creatine was 212 μmol/L, which later increased rapidly to 482 μmol/L within 1 week. Galactomannan antigen, (1–3)-β-D glucan, and peripheral blood cultures were negative. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed multiple round nodules with central cavitation that resembled Cheerios in both lungs (Figure 1B). Contrast-enhanced CT revealed left inguinal lymphadenopathy and a mass with hypoenhancement in the left kidney (Figure 1C). All lesions had high glucose uptake values as shown by positron emission tomography-CT (maximum Standard Uptake Value [SUVmax]: pulmonary nodules, 7.8; kidney mass, 18.4; and inguinal lymph node, 14.3). Biopsy specimens were obtained from a pleural nodule, lymph node, and left kidney; microbiological and histopathological evaluation are shown in Figure 2.
  • Rapid Viral Diagnostics in Community-Acquired Pneumonia...
    Wed, 20 Oct 2021

  • Severe Sepsis: The Fragile Anatomy of Crude Mortality...
    Wed, 11 Aug 2021
    Clinical trials of severe sepsis that target crude mortality are underpowered to detect mortality differences due to intervention. We discuss the importance of including subcomponents of crude mortality in study design; how the proportion of attributable mortality affects sample size requirements; and how minor changes from predicted outcomes affect interpretation.

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  • A New Look at Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters...
    Wed, 20 Oct 2021
    Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin, L.R. Baden, and S. Morrissey. Audio Interview: A New Look at Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters. N Engl J Med 2021;385:e72.
  • NEJM Interview: Dr. Sasha Mallett on parenting during the Covid-1...
    Wed, 20 Oct 2021
    Dr. Sasha Mallett is a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. S.D. Mallett. Peak Moments — When Kindergarten Is High Risk. N Engl J Med 2021;385:1543-1545.
  • Reporting on Covid-19...
    Wed, 13 Oct 2021
    Eric Rubin is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Lindsey Baden is a Deputy Editor of the Journal. Katherine Wu is a staff writer at the Atlantic. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. E.J. Rubin and Others. Audio Interview: Reporting on Covid-19. N Engl J Med 2021;385:e66.

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  • Use of cauliflower mosaic virus DNA markers to assess the potent...
    In an observational study, the sleeves and pockets of physicians’ white coats often directly or indirectly contacted patients and environmental surfaces. DNA markers on the sleeves or pockets were frequently transferred to surfaces and patients. These findings suggest that contaminated white coats have the potential to contribute to pathogen transmission.
  • The Safety profile of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States...
    Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen are the three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the United States. This study aims to analyze and compare adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) associated with these COVID-19 vaccines based on Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System (VAERS) data.
  • SARS-CoV-2 Detection in Air Samples from Inside Heating, Ventila...
    The COVID-19 pandemic affected universities and institutions and caused campus shutdowns with a transition to online teaching models. To detect infections that might spread on campus, we pursued research towards detecting SARS-CoV-2 in air samples inside student dorms.