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WHO Disease Outbreaks
Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Fe...
Fri, 26 Feb 2021On 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 2021On 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 2021Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in
CDC Travel Notices:
COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Lebanon...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Lebanon. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Lebanon.
COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in Saint Martin...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Saint Martin. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to Saint Martin.
COVID-19 Low - COVID-19 in Saint Barthelemy...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Saint Barthelemy.
COVID-19 Low - COVID-19 in Indonesia ...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to Indonesia.
COVID-19 High - COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to the Cayman Islands. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to the Cayman Islands.
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CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
EARLY RELEASE: COVID-19 Vaccination and Non-COVID-19 Mortality Ri...
Fri, 22 Oct 2021This report describes lower non-COVID-19 death rates among COVID-19 vaccinated people.
EARLY RELEASE: Severity of Disease Among Adults Hospitalized with...
Fri, 22 Oct 2021This report describes adults hospitalized with COVID-19 before and during the Delta period.
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
A Middle-Aged Man With Skin Lesions, Progressive Deterioration of...
Wed, 20 Oct 2021A 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 2021AbstractClinical 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.
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.
A New Look at Covid-19 Vaccine Boosters...
Wed, 20 Oct 2021Eric 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 2021Dr. 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 2021Eric 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.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 i...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021M. Stich et al.
SARS-CoV-2–Specific Antibodies in Domestic Cats during First CO...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021C. Schulz et al.
Increased Incidence of Melioidosis in Far North Queensland, Queen...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021S. Smith et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
European regulators to speed review of COVID-19 antiviral drug...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021
US hospitals took huge, unequal financial hit during COVID, studi...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021
Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Oct 25, 2021...
Mon, 25 Oct 2021Carbapenemases in Latin AmericaAntibiotics for appendicitisLess outpatient fluoroquinolone use
Johns Hopkins Medicine RSS Feed:
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Back Pain Common Among Astronauts Offers Treatment Insights for t...
Thu, 21 Oct 2021As more people travel into space, Johns Hopkins Medicine experts expect more physicians will see patients with space travel-related pain.
10 Johns Hopkins Faculty Members Elected to National Academy of M...
Mon, 18 Oct 2021Ten faculty members of The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, an independent organization of leading professionals from diverse fields, including health, medicine and the natural, social and behavioral sciences. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser for the nation and the international community.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives First Federal Grant for Psychedel...
Mon, 18 Oct 2021Johns Hopkins Medicine was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore the potential impacts of psilocybin on tobacco addiction.
American Journal of Infection Control:
RSS feed including 'the latest published articles, both published in an issue and published as Articles in Press.'
Use of cauliflower mosaic virus DNA markers to assess the potent...
2021-10-24In 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...
2021-10-23Pfizer-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...
2021-10-21The 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.