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
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi...
Fri, 15 Feb 2019From 1 January through 31 January 2019, the International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported fourteen additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including three deaths.
Lassa Fever – Nigeria...
Thu, 14 Feb 2019From 1 January through 10 February 2019, 327 cases of Lassa fever (324 confirmed cases and three probable cases) with 72 deaths (case fatality ratio = 22%) have been reported across 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with the majority of cases being reported from Edo (108) and Ondo (103) States.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 14 Feb 2019Despite slightly fewer cases reported during the past week (Figure 1), current epidemiological indicators highlight that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is continuing with moderate intensity. Katwa and Butembo remain the major health zones of concern, while simultaneously, small clusters continue to occur in various geographically dispersed regions. During the last 21 days (23 January – 12 February 2019), 97 new cases have been reported from 13 health zones (Figure 2), including: Katwa (59), Butembo (12), Beni (7), Kyondo (4), Oicha (4), Vuhovi (3), Biena (2), Kalunguta (2), Komanda (1), Manguredjipa (1), Mabalako (1), Masereka (1), and Mutwanga (1).1 The recent case reported in the Komanda health zone was a resident of Katwa who was exposed to the virus, and subsequently travelled to both Bunia and Komanda. This case comes one month after the last reported case in Ituri Province; underscoring the high risks of reintroduction to previously affected areas, as well as the potential for spread to new ones.
As of 12 February, 823 EVD cases2 (762 confirmed and 61 probable) have been reported, including 517 deaths (overall case fatality ratio: 63%). Cumulatively, cases have been reported from 118 of 287 health areas across 18 health zones, of which 37 health areas have reported a case in the last 21 days. Thus far, 283 people have been discharged from Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs) and enrolled in a dedicated monitoring and support programme. One new health worker infection was reported in Katwa. To date, a total of 68 health workers have been infected.
CDC Travel Notices:
Watch - Lassa Fever in Nigeria...
Thu, 07 Feb 2019Nigerian health officials have declared an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or campsites clean.
Alert - Drug-Resistant Infections in Mexico...
Mon, 28 Jan 2019Recently, some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, were diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
Watch - Andes Virus (Hantavirus) in Argentina ...
Mon, 28 Jan 2019There is an outbreak of Andes virus in Argentina, specifically in Chubut Province of Patagonia. Travelers to Argentina should avoid contact with rodents and their droppings (urine and feces), and avoid close contact with anyone who may be sick.
Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Mon, 28 Jan 2019There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria...
Mon, 28 Jan 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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Current Journal Updates
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: Prof. Mark Hall on strategies for addressing inad...
Wed, 13 Feb 2019Prof. Mark Hall is a professor of law and director of the Health Law and Policy Program at Wake Forest University. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. M.A. Hall and Others. Reducing Unfair Out-of-Network Billing — Integrated Approaches to Protecting Patients. N Engl J Med 2019;380:610-612.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Benjamin S. Freedman on organoids as preclini...
Wed, 06 Feb 2019Dr. Benjamin S. Freedman, the interviewee, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. M. Li and J.C. Izpisua Belmonte. Organoids — Preclinical Models of Human Disease. N Engl J Med 2019;380:569-579.
NEJM Interview: Drs. Jeffrey Drazen and Lisa Rosenbaum on finding...
Wed, 06 Feb 2019Dr. Jeffrey Drazen is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum is a national correspondent for the Journal. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. L. Rosenbaum. Heart and Sole — Of Metatarsals, Meaning, and Medicine. N Engl J Med 2019;380:505-507.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Neutralizing Antibody against Enterovirus D68 in Children and Adu...
Wed, 13 Feb 2019C. J. Harrison et al.
Utility of Whole-Genome Sequencing to Ascertain Locally Acquired ...
Wed, 13 Feb 2019H. N. Oltean et al.
University-Based Outbreaks of Meningococcal Disease Caused by Ser...
Wed, 13 Feb 2019H. M. Soeters et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Ebola still claiming lives as DRC cases climb to 835...
Fri, 15 Feb 2019
Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 15, 2019...
Fri, 15 Feb 2019Electronic stewardship interventionAntibiotic resistance and UTI riskC diff testing in children
News Scan for Feb 15, 2019...
Fri, 15 Feb 2019More Saudi MERSRaw turkey SalmonellaPolio in Indonesia, PakistanLassa fever in Nigeria
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.'
Prevalence and risk factors of health care–associated infectio...
2019-02-16Health care–associated infections (HAI) represent a major public health problem worldwide, leading to an increase in health care costs.1 Their occurrence continues to escalate at an alarming rate, especially in the developing countries. As compared to developed countries, prevalence of HAI in the limited resources countries are 2 times higher than in Europe and 3 times higher than in the United States.2
High 30-day readmission rates associated with Clostridiumdiffici...
2019-02-16Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has emerged as one of the leading causes of health care–associated infections in the United States. Between 2000 and 2009, there was an almost 200% increase in CDI hospitalizations.1 In 2011 alone, there were nearly half a million cases, of which approximately 29,000 deaths were associated with CDI within 30 days of diagnosis.2 This growing incidence and mortality secondary to CDI have placed a financial burden on the health care system. Health care costs related to CDI in acute care facilities alone are estimated to be $4.8 billion annually.
Demonstrating the persistent antibacterial efficacy of a hand sa...
2019-02-16Use of hand sanitizers has become a cornerstone in clinical practice for the prevention of disease transmission between practitioners and patients. Traditionally, these preparations have relied on ethanol (60%-70%) for bactericidal action.