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WHO Disease Outbreaks
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 10 Oct 2019The number of reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) consistently declined in recent weeks, with 14 new confirmed cases reported in North Kivu and Ituri provinces during the epidemiological week of 30 September through 6 October (Figure 1).
Yellow fever – Nigeria...
Tue, 08 Oct 2019On 29 August 2019, a suspected yellow fever case was reported from Kano state with a travel history to Yankari game reserve, Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA), Bauchi state, Nigeria.
From 29 August through 22 September 2019, Nigeria reported an outbreak of yellow fever with an epi-centre in the Yankari game reserve of Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi state. According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 231 suspected cases have been reported in four states including Bauchi (110), Borno (109), Gombe (10), and Kano (2), of which there have been 13 presumptive positive by IgM testing and 24 cases positive by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at national laboratories. Of 24 cases confirmed by RT-PCR (20 cases in Bauchi, three in Gombe and one in Kano state), six deaths were reported, all from Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi state, resulting in a case fatality ratio of 25% among the confirmed cases. The vaccination history for the 231 suspected yellow fever cases is not known, and the results of follow-up testing from regional reference laboratory Institute Pasteur Dakar (IPD) are not yet available.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 03 Oct 2019The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues this week with 20 new confirmed cases reported in North Kivu and Ituri provinces from 25 September-1 October 2019, versus 29 in the previous week.
CDC Travel Notices:
Watch - Dengue in the Mediterranean Region...
Wed, 09 Oct 2019Locally acquired dengue virus infection has been reported in France and Spain. The risk of infection to travelers to the Mediterranean region is low.
Alert - Polio in the Philippines...
Tue, 08 Oct 2019There is a polio outbreak in the Philippines.
Watch - Dengue in Asia and the Pacific Islands...
Tue, 08 Oct 2019Dengue is a risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Some countries are reporting increased numbers of cases of the disease. Travelers to Asia and the Pacific Islands can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
Watch - Chikungunya in Ethiopia...
Tue, 08 Oct 2019There is an outbreak of chikungunya in Ethiopia. You can protect yourself against chikungunya disease by preventing mosquito bites
Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria...
Mon, 07 Oct 2019A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
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CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
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. Stacie Dusetzina on three proposals for redes...
Wed, 09 Oct 2019Dr. Stacie Dusetzina is an associate professor of health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. S.B. Dusetzina, N.L. Keating, and H.A. Huskamp. Proposals to Redesign Medicare Part D — Easing the Burden of Rising Drug Prices. N Engl J Med 2019;381:1401-1404.
NEJM Interview: Prof. Tara Sklar on recent state laws creating pr...
Wed, 02 Oct 2019Dr. Tara Sklar is a professor of health law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. T. Sklar and C. Robertson. Affordability Boards — The States’ New Fix for Drug Pricing. N Engl J Med 2019;381:1301-1303.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Benard Dreyer on government policies and acti...
Wed, 25 Sep 2019Dr. Benard Dreyer is a professor of pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. B.P. Dreyer. Sustained Animus toward Latino Immigrants — Deadly Consequences for Children and Families. N Engl J Med 2019;381:1196-1198.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Invasive Group B Streptoco...
Fri, 11 Oct 2019W. Ji et al.
Introduction of Avian Influenza A(H6N5) Virus into Asia from Nort...
Thu, 03 Oct 2019S. Jeong et al.
Endemicity of Yaws and Treponema pallidum Antibodies in Nonhuman ...
Thu, 03 Oct 2019D. M. Zimmerman et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
News Scan for Oct 14, 2019...
Mon, 14 Oct 2019More Saudi MERS casesEEE death in IndianaAvian flu in Taiwan, Mexico
As Ebola cases climb, launch of 2nd vaccine in works...
Mon, 14 Oct 2019
ASP Scan (Weekly) for Oct 11, 2019...
Mon, 14 Oct 2019Probiotics and C diff riskMCR genes on Algerian farmsPrice cut demand for MDR-TB drugICU infections in EuropeXDR typhoid in travelersPost-hospital antibiotic useResistant gonorrhea response planUrinary antigen testing for pneumoniaC diff testing guidelines challengedXDR Klebsiella pneumoniae
Johns Hopkins Medicine RSS Feed:
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Flu Season Returns: Protect Yourself Now...
Mon, 14 Oct 2019Cases of the flu are already on the rise around the nation as flu season begins. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to fight against the flu as the number of people getting sick from the potentially life-threatening virus will increase in the coming months. Doctors recommend everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent the virus or reduce the seriousness if you do get sick.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Johns Hopkins Medicine Press Briefing for 2019 No...
Mon, 07 Oct 2019B-roll and photos are available for download here* WHAT: Press Briefing
One Step Closer: Johns Hopkins Selects Architect For Early-Stage ...
Sat, 05 Oct 2019After a rigorous vetting process, Johns Hopkins University officials announced today their selection of Vines Architecture to lead the planning stages, known as a feasibility study, for a multidisciplinary building that will honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks.
American Journal of Infection Control:
RSS feed including 'the latest published articles, both published in an issue and published as Articles in Press.'
A qualitative study of factors affecting personal protective equ...
2019-10-11Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used by health care personnel (HCP) to reduce the transmission of infectious organisms to themselves and patients. Although some hospitals have reduced their PPE requirements for select organisms (eg, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus [VRE]), this change has not been universally adopted or endorsed.1,2 Moreover, even with ongoing debate about MRSA and VRE precautions, hospitals continue to rely on PPE to prevent the spread of other infectious organisms.
The effect of probiotics on the incidence of Clostridioides diff...
2019-10-10Clostridioides difficile (previously classified as Clostridium difficile) is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in health care settings.1 Antibiotic use is the most prevalent risk factor for Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI).2 In the hospital setting, it is common to administer probiotics concomitantly with antibiotics with a belief that they can prevent incidences of CDI. In a 2012 prevalence study of 145 US hospitals, 96% of the hospitals administered probiotics in 2.6% of hospitalizations.
Assessment of a novel antimicrobial surface disinfectant on iner...
2019-10-09The intensive care unit (ICU) is a significant source of patient morbidity and mortality.1 In the ICU, inanimate surfaces may be contaminated by bacteria, including multidrug-resistant (MDR) isolates.2 Furthermore, a recent study conducted in adult, pediatric, and neonatal ICUs has documented, using confocal scanning electron microscopy, that microbial biofilms were present on all sampled, high-touch surfaces. Culture results revealed the presence of multiple MDR hospital-acquired pathogens including, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci, and extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing gram-negative pathgens.