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WHO Disease Outbreaks
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo ...
Thu, 21 Feb 2019The 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 locations. During the last 21 days (30 January – 19 February 2019), 79 new cases have been reported from 40 health areas within 12 health zones (Figure 1), including: Katwa (46), Butembo (15), Kyondo (4), Vuhovi (4), Kalunguta (2), Oicha (2), Biena (1), Mabalako (1), Manguredjipa (1), Masereka (1), Mutwanga (1), and Rwampara (1).1
No new cases have been reported from the Beni in the last three weeks. This is a significant achievement given the previous intensity of the outbreak in this area. Elsewhere, trends in the case incidence (Figure 2) have been encouraging; however, other indicators (such as the continued high proportion of community deaths, persistent delays in case detection, documented local travel amongst many cases, and relatively low numbers of cases among contacts under surveillance) suggest a high risk of further chains of transmission in affected communities. Response teams must maintain a high degree of vigilance across all areas with declining case and contact tracing activity, as with areas with active cases, to rapidly detect new cases and prevent onward transmission.
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 – Papua New Guine...
Wed, 20 Feb 2019On 26 June 2018, an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) was declared in Papua New Guinea following laboratory confirmation of cVDPV1 isolation in two healthy community contacts of the index case. Since the declaration, a total of 26 confirmed cVDPV1 cases have been reported in the following nine provinces: Eastern Highlands (six), Enga (five), East Sepik (four), Madang (three), Morobe (three), Jiwaka (two), Gulf (one), Southern Highlands (one), and National Capital District (NCD) (one). The last laboratory-confirmed case reported having experienced the onset of paralysis in late October 2018. Environmental surveillance continues on a bimonthly basis in Port Moresby and Lae to complement active acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case search efforts.
To date, there have been five rounds of Supplementary Immunisation Activities (SIA) conducted from July to December 2018. Consultants from WHO and UNICEF have been deployed to provide technical support during pre-campaign preparations and implementation to ensure high quality SIAs and improve AFP case detection. The first round of SIA targeted children under five years of age in three high-risk provinces. The second round included children under five years of age in all nine provinces. The third and fourth rounds of SIA included National Immunisation Days (NIDs) which were aimed at children less than 15 years of age and achieved a coverage of 93% and 97% respectively. The fifth round of SIA was a sub-national campaign conducted in four priority provinces (NCD, Central, Enga, and Angoram district in East Sepik province). Planning is currently ongoing for additional NIDs in 2019.
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.
CDC Travel Notices:
Alert - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Fri, 22 Feb 2019There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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.
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.
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.
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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. Scott Stonington on structures within medicin...
Wed, 20 Feb 2019Dr. Scott Stonington is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and an internal medicine physician. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. S. Stonington and D. Coffa. Structural Iatrogenesis — A 43-Year-Old Man with “Opioid Misuse”. N Engl J Med 2019;380:701-704.
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.
Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal:
This list contains articles published online ahead of print.
Infectious Dose of African Swine Fever Virus When Consumed Natura...
Wed, 13 Feb 2019M. C. Niederwerder et al.
Human Monkeypox in Sierra Leone after 44-Year Absence of Reported...
Tue, 12 Feb 2019M. G. Reynolds et al.
Genetic Characterization of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coro...
Tue, 12 Feb 2019Y. Chung 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 Feb 22, 2019...
Fri, 22 Feb 2019Antibiotic Rx for skin infectionsMCR-1, MCR-3 hybrid E coli
News Scan for Feb 22, 2019...
Fri, 22 Feb 2019Salmonella in raw chickenPolio in Pakistan, AfghanistanCampylobacter in water supplyZika monoclonal antibody trialAvian flu in China, India
Hospital intervention cuts unneeded UTI tests...
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
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.'
Switching from expectorated to induced sputum cultures for tuber...
2019-02-20Active pulmonary tuberculosis testing with 3 expectorated sputa can increase isolation days and expenditures compared with 1 induced sputum. Six-month retrospective and prospective chart reviews were conducted, and a screening algorithm was phased into 2 hospital sites. With induced sputum testing, isolation decreased from 7 to 4 days (interquartile range, 4-3, P = .0135), and there was a cost savings of $7,275 per case, with no added harm.
Economic health care costs of blood culture contamination: A sys...
2019-02-20Blood culture contamination with gram-positive organisms is a common occurrence in patients suspected of bloodstream infections, especially in emergency departments. Although numerous research studies have investigated the cost implications of blood culture contamination, a contemporary systematic review of the literature has not been performed. The aim of this project was to perform a systematic review of the published literature on the economic costs of blood culture contamination.
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