Three Things You Should Know Before Your Endoscopy

The recent news story about patients at UCLA medical center developing a life-threatening infection has been shocking. Two of seven infected patients died from the nightmare bacteria carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) after an ordinary medical device was used to inspect their digestive system. In this specific case, a type of endoscope called a duodenoscope was used to perform the procedure. Although the design of the duodenoscope largely carried the blame, the medical community should now be looking to make all types of upper endoscopy safer, because many of them have been implicated in other outbreaks of dangerous bacteria and viruses.
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ConclusionsThe established genetic/mass spectra relatedness between the three post-surgery isolates suggests that these cases may be considered a healthcare-associated mucormycosis outbreak.
Source: Journal of Medical Mycology - Category: Biology Source Type: research
This study was to verify the existence and extent of mumps outbreak in Copperbelt province; to describe the epidemiological characteristics of the outbreak; to identify risk factors associated with the illness; to confirm the etiology of the outbreak through appropriate laboratory testing; to inform disease control strategy and advocate for mumps, measles and rubella vaccine in Zambia, which has not yet been implemented.Study designA case report. Clinical records of cases suspected of mumps in the district were reviewed. Cases covered the first 36 weeks of 2015 (January to September, 2015). Charts were generated to capture...
Source: Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: A growing threat to maternal-fetal health, the most recent and largest outbreak of the Zika virus disease has introduced the devastating fetal effects of microcephaly and other central nervous system deficits. PURPOSE: This brief outlines a history of Zika virus disease, its known effects, best practice recommendations for providers to educate patients, and information for individuals on how to protect themselves. METHODS/SEARCH STRATEGY: A search of the literature using the databases PubMed, UptoDate, and CINAHL was conducted for articles published between 2009 and 2016. Key informa...
Source: Advances in Neonatal Care - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Adv Neonatal Care Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe mining of this draft genome provides valuable information to explain the antagonistic capacity of P. piscicida 36Y RITHPW, an useful strain as potential probiotic in shrimp aquaculture, against the pathogenic V. parahaemolyticus.Graphical abstract
Source: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2018Source: Journal of Microbiological MethodsAuthor(s): Stefania Fontana, Maria Pacciarini, Mery Boifava, Roberta Pellesi, Barbara Casto, Michele Gastaldelli, Heike Koehler, Nicola Pozzato, Francesco Casalinuovo, M. Beatrice BoniottiAbstractThere is currently an increased interest in the use of serological approaches in combination with traditional cell-mediated immunity-based techniques to improve the detection of tuberculosis (TB)-infected animals. In the present study, we developed and validated two different serological TB-detection assays using four antigens, MPB70, MPB...
Source: Journal of Microbiological Methods - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Raw sewage in the streets: Deadly cholera outbreak is troubled Zimbabwe's latest crisis
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
[The Herald] Government has allowed Glen View 5 Primary School to resume classes after its senior officials and Harare City Council were satisfied with the interventions taken to fight a cholera outbreak that has claimed 33 lives so far. The school, which was temporarily closed two weeks ago following the outbreak, was declared safe yesterday but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
The recent outbreak of Salmonella Agona linked to the consumption of infant formula (powdered formula) has rekindled the attention about the correct procedures for preparation and use of these products. International guidelines have already been published so far, particularly in association with Cronobacter sakazakii in early 2000s. FAO/WHO suggested to reconstitute formula with water at no less than 70°C. We therefore contaminated powdered formula with low levels of Salmonella spp and C sakazakii to evaluate the pathogens inactivation during the formula preparation using water at 70°C. In these conditions we obser...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Short Communication: Nutrition Source Type: research
OBJECTIVE: To establish the indexes and weights of risk assessment of shellfish poisoning outbreak caused by red tide. METHODS: The risk assessment indexes were developed with the methods of literature review, brainstorm and expert consultation, an...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- More than 132,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled by a Colorado company following a suspected outbreak where one person was killed and 17 were sickened by Escherichia coli after eating the meat. Cargill Meat...
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
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