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
Chikungunya – Chad...
Thu, 24 Sep 2020On 28 August 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Chad notified WHO of an outbreak of chikungunya in Abéché, eastern Chad.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 03 Sep 2020Three months after the declaration of the eleventh Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the number of confirmed cases continues to increase, and the geographic spread of the outbreak continues to expand.
As of 1 September 2020, 110 cases (104 confirmed and six probable) including 47 deaths (case fatality ratio 43%) have been reported from 36 health areas in 11 health zones. In the past 21 days (12 August – 1 September 2020), 24 confirmed cases have been reported in 15 health areas across eight health zones. To date, three healthcare workers have been affected, making up 3% of all cases. In addition, 48 people have recovered from EVD to date.
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Sudan...
Tue, 01 Sep 2020On 9 August 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan notified WHO of the detection of a
CDC Travel Notices:
Alert - Polio in Africa...
Tue, 29 Sep 2020There are polio outbreaks in several countries in Africa. CDC recommends that all travelers to these countries be vaccinated fully against polio.
Warning - COVID-19 in Sint Eustatius...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020COVID-19 risk in Sint Eustatius is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Sint Eustatius.
Warning - COVID-19 in Curaçao...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020COVID-19 risk in Curaçao is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Curaçao.
Warning - COVID-19 in Bonaire...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020COVID-19 risk in Bonaire is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Bonaire.
Warning - COVID-19 in Saba...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020COVID-19 risk in Saba is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Saba.
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CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS: Meningococcal Vaccination: Recommen...
Thu, 24 Sep 2020This report describes the recommendations from CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for use of meningococcal vaccines in the United States.
QuickStats: Management of Patient Health Information Functions Am...
Thu, 24 Sep 2020This report describes how office-based physicians are managing patient health information.
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Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal
This list includes items from the latest issue of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal.
In The Literature...
Sat, 12 Sep 2020
A Veterinarian From Vermont Presenting With a Painful Right Index...
Sat, 12 Sep 2020A 56-year-old female veterinarian in Vermont presented with swelling and pain of the medial aspect of her right index finger. Three weeks prior to presentation, the patient suffered a needlestick injury from a 21-gauge needle to the medial aspect of her distal right index finger that occurred after aspirating fluid from a subcutaneous cystic mass of a dog. The patient was otherwise healthy and was not on any medications. She denied fevers, chills, night sweats, headache, cough, joint pain, or other symptoms of systemic illness.
Therapeutic Monitoring of Vancomycin for Serious Methicillin-resi...
Mon, 13 Jul 2020AbstractRecent clinical data on vancomycin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics suggest a reevaluation of current dosing and monitoring recommendations. The previous 2009 vancomycin consensus guidelines recommend trough monitoring as a surrogate marker for the target area under the curve over 24 hours to minimum inhibitory concentration (AUC/MIC). However, recent data suggest that trough monitoring is associated with higher nephrotoxicity. This document is an executive summary of the new vancomycin consensus guidelines for vancomycin dosing and monitoring. It was developed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists vancomycin consensus guidelines committee. These consensus guidelines recommend an AUC/MIC ratio of 400–600 mg*hour/L (assuming a broth microdilution MIC of 1 mg/L) to achieve clinical efficacy and ensure safety for patients being treated for serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
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.
Covid-19 Testing and the Individual Physician...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020Eric 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: Covid-19 Testing and the Individual Physician. N Engl J Med 2020;383:e99.
NEJM Interview: Dr. Linda Fried on advances in research on aging ...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020Dr. Linda Fried is the dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. L.P. Fried and J.W. Rowe. Health in Aging — Past, Present, and Future. N Engl J Med 2020;383:1293-1296.
Eight Months of Action and Inaction against Covid-19...
Wed, 23 Sep 2020Eric 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: Eight Months of Action and Inaction against Covid-19. N Engl J Med 2020;383:e95.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
SARS-CoV-2 in Quarantined Domestic Cats from COVID-19 Households ...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020V. R. Barrs et al.
Coronavirus Disease Model to Inform Transmission Reducing Measure...
Mon, 28 Sep 2020R. Moss et al.
Sensitive Detection of SARS-CoV-2–Specific Antibodies in Dried ...
Thu, 24 Sep 2020G. L. Morley et al.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:
News from the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 30, 2020...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020Antimicrobial stewardship appsBARDA antibacterial development funds
Emails show pesticide industry effort to influence AMR guidelines...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020
News Scan for Sep 30, 2020...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020COVID-19 in cats, dogsNew DRC Ebola case, allegations
Johns Hopkins Medicine RSS Feed:
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news.
Study Explores Link Between Methamphetamine Use And Risky Sexual ...
Wed, 30 Sep 2020Recreational use of the illicit drug methamphetamine has long been associated with increases in overall impatient and risky behavior. Now, a new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers affirms that meth use increases not only sexual desire but also, specifically and measurably, the risk of casual sex without a condom for those who have an increase in sexual desire.
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins Medicine...
Tue, 29 Sep 2020During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our "COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins" every other Tuesday.
Flu Season Returns As The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues...
Wed, 23 Sep 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with no end in sight, the annual flu season emerges once again. Cases of the flu have already begun to surface around the nation, and there are some reports of co-infection with COVID-19. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to take action to fight against the flu. Doctors recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent infection from the virus or reduce the severity of the illness.
American Journal of Infection Control:
RSS feed including 'the latest published articles, both published in an issue and published as Articles in Press.'
Elastomeric Respirators for All Healthcare Workers
2020-09-26The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly. Critically, there have been failures in worker protection causing avoidable infections among front line healthcare workers and other essential workers.1 Substantial evidence is amassing that the inhalation of respirable aerosols is a dominant route for COVID-19 transmission. Respirators are required to effectively interrupt this transmission route and protect healthcare workers.
Hospital Visitation Policies During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
2020-09-26A significant change for patients and families during SARs-CoV-2 has been the restriction of visitors for hospitalized patients. We analyzed SARs-CoV-2 hospital visitation policies and found widespread variation in both development and content. This variation has the potential to engender inequity in access. We propose guidance for hospital visitation policies for this pandemic to protect, respect, and support patients, visitors, clinicians, and communities.
The role of the faucet's aerator kit for contamination of drinki...
2020-09-26In different publications aerators are described as source of water contamination in hospitals and as source for outbreaks in high risk areas like intensive care units1,2,3. Additionally, Gestrich et al. demonstrated the spread of fluorescent tracer and gram-negative bacilli from sink drains to sink bowls and surfaces outside the bowl4. The design of the faucet's outlet device (aerator creating a laminar, aerated or spray stream) can probably influence the spread of water outside the sink bowl. Likewise different designs of aerators might be vulnerable to retrograde contamination, esp.