New Antibiotics for Community-Acquired Pneumonia New Antibiotics for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
The treatment of community-acquired pneumonia has become increasingly challenging due to antibiotic resistance, but the availability of new agents may offer more options.Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Conway Regional Adds Physician Mallory Smith (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Mallory Smith, an infectious disease physician, has joined Conway Regional Health System to establish the first infectious disease clinic in Faulkner County. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

South Africa: How South Africa Can Improve Community-Based HIV Services
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa introduced a community-based primary health care programme in 2012. The aim of the programme, which includes a large HIV component, is to improve access to health care. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

' Nibbling Around the Edges': What We Heard This Week
(MedPage Today) -- Quotable quotes from MedPage Today's sources (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tuberculosis – making sure you don ’ t have latent TB
World Tuberculosis Day, on Sunday 24 March, is a time when we remember that tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease. It kills more people than HIV and malaria combined. But TB is not just a problem in the developing world and the UK has some of the highest rates in Western Europe. Most people who breathe in TB bacteria do not immediately become unwell, but have strong enough immune systems to clear the bacteria or otherwise hold it in a ‘sleeping’ state known as latent TB. In fact, a quarter of the world’s population has latent TB, with a 10% chance of it &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health Source Type: news

Seroprevalence of Heartland Virus Antibodies in Blood Donors Seroprevalence of Heartland Virus Antibodies in Blood Donors
Researchers were able to estimate the seroprevalence of Heartland virus by identifying antibodies in blood specimens obtained from donors.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

HIV Increases the Risk of Incident Heart Failure HIV Increases the Risk of Incident Heart Failure
Might HIV infection contribute to the subsequent development of heart failure? A new study investigates.JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

How imported shrimp is bringing superbugs to Canada's shores
A CBC Marketplace investigation has found worrying levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on imported shrimp bought at major grocery stores across Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tuberculosis Kills 18 People in Nigeria Every Hour
[This Day] Abuja -The United States Centre for Disease Control (US-CDC) has declared that no fewer than 18 people die in Nigeria every hour as a result of Tuberculosis, thereby ranking Nigeria the first in Africa and the sixth globally with nine per cent rate, after India and Indonesia, which are at 26 and 11 per cent rate, respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: End of HIV/Aids in Sight in Nigeria - Buhari
[Daily Trust] President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday unveiled the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) report, saying the end of the disease was in sight in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 2018 HIV/Aids Survey - We Cannot Celebrate Yet - Buhari
[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday unveiled the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) and noted with delight that less Nigerians were living with the HIV virus when compared to the 2014 survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.9 Million Nigerians Living With HIV - NACA Boss
[Premium Times] The Nigerian HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) indicates that about 1.9 million Nigerians are currently living with the disease, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: State Improves On HIV Ranking, Now Fourth Worst Hit
[Premium Times] The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says Nigeria has moved to the fourth position among countries worst hit by the HIV epidemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Aedes-Transmitted Arbovirus Infections in the Americas Aedes-Transmitted Arbovirus Infections in the Americas
What are the challenges and implications to public health presented by the rising incidence in the Americas of arboviral infections such as dengue, zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Nigeria: Buhari Unveils Nigeria's Aids Indicator, Impact Survey Results
[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja formally unveiled the findings of the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: About 18 Die of Tuberculosis Every Hour - Expert
[Premium Times] At least 18 Nigerians die from Tuberculosis (TB) every hour, a TB expert, Lovett Lawson, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: HIV/Aids Prevalence Drops in Nigeria
[Leadership] Nigeria has recorded a reduction in the number of persons affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight -- NASA investigates
(Frontiers) Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on missions to Mars and beyond. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 15, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice
Family photo of part of the 111 participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen's Disease, on the steps of the Morisco Palace, the headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, which hosted the three-day meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 14 2019 (IPS) With the decision to found a regional coalition to promote rights and greater participation in national and international forums and decisions, the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen’s disease, popu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Regional Categories Ter Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes recurrent cold sores?
Many people have cold sores throughout their lives, but some factors can make it easier for them to recur. Learn about why cold sores recur here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Shorter TB Drug Regimen Discovered
[263Chat] International researchers have announced the discovery of a new and shorter drug regimen that prevents tuberculosis illness among people living with HIV and Aids. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Measles Cases Continue to Rise in US Measles Cases Continue to Rise in US
Measles outbreaks have been reported in six states, and confirmed cases have been reported in 12 others, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Partners Support National HIV/Aids Programme in Nigeria
[This Day] The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has received donation of official vehicle and an upgraded office structure from the World Health Organisation, United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Children's Fund and PEFPFAR in support of the fight against HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NSF International and NEHA to host Legionella Conference 2019
(NSF International) Building Water Systems ? The Sustainability& Public Health Nexus. The second annual Legionella Conference, hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), will bring together thought leaders and experts to explore the complex relationship between water conservation and microbial contamination prevention in building water systems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study shows shorter treatment for Chagas disease as effective, and significantly safer
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed, when compared to placebo, similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks, according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

When is best time to get flu shot? Analysis compares scenarios
(University of Pittsburgh) When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antiviral therapy improves survival rates for kidney transplant recipients with hepatitis B or C
(Elsevier) Prior to the development of antiviral therapy, kidney transplant recipients infected with either hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C (HCV) experienced poor outcomes. In a new study in the Journal of Hepatology, published by Elsevier, researchers report favorable 10-year survival rates for patients with HBV and/or HCV treated with antiviral agents and advise that antiviral therapy should be systematically offered to all HBV and HCV patients in line with international recommendations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shorter treatment for Chagas disease could be just as effective, and significantly safer
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) A two-week treatment course for adult patients with chronic Chagas disease showed, when compared to placebo, similar efficacy and significantly fewer side effects than the standard treatment duration of eight weeks, according to the results of a clinical trial in Bolivia led by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccine study confirms sensitivity of cholera test
(PLOS) Recently, the sensitivity of fecal microbiological cultures for detecting cholera has come under question. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases investigated this claim using a 'vaccine probe' analysis of a completed cholera vaccine cluster randomized trial to support the sensitivity of conventional microbiological culture for cholera. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Review of the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Other Emerging Health Threats
Source: U.S. Senate, Committee on Appropriations. Published: 3/14/2019. This one-hour, 34-minute Congressional hearing reviews the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, other emerging health threats, and general preparedness for emerging infectious diseases. Speakers from federal agencies highlight existing public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities; efforts to protect Americans at home and eliminate emerging threats, like Ebola, overseas; the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the research response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; and the role the U....
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetic Shifts in Bordetella May Explain Surge in Pertussis Genetic Shifts in Bordetella May Explain Surge in Pertussis
The recent uptick in whooping cough may be explained, in part, by genetic shifts in Bordetella that reduce the efficacy of the pertussis vaccine, according to a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The public health response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continues to make gains. During the last 21 days (20 February – 12 March 2019), no new cases have been detected in 10 of the 20 health zones that have been affected during the outbreak (Figure 1). There has also been fewer new cases observed over the past five weeks compared to January 2019 and earlier in the outbreak (Figure 2). Currently, the greatest concern centres on the neighbouring urban areas of Katwa and Butembo, which continue to contribute about three-quarters of recent cases. Clusters in other areas of North Kivu and Ituri provinces have...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

New Paradigm for Tuberculosis Prevention?
(MedPage Today) -- New regimens shorten treatment time in HIV+ patients and those with MDR-TB (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Lysine for cold sores: Does it work?
Lysine is an amino acid that may help prevent cold sores. Most people get lysine from their diet. In this article, Learn more about whether it is effective and how to use it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Early Antiviral Therapy and Lymphoma Risk in Chronic HCV Early Antiviral Therapy and Lymphoma Risk in Chronic HCV
Chronic HCV infection has been linked to lymphoproliferative disorders. Can early PegIFN/RBV therapy reduce the risk?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

The Lancet: Mosquito-killing drug reduced malaria episodes by a fifth among children, according to randomised trial
(The Lancet) Childhood malaria episodes could be reduced by 20 percent -- from 2.49 to 2 cases per child -- during malaria transmission season if the whole population were given a drug called ivermectin every three weeks, according to the first randomised trial of its kind including 2,700 people including 590 children from eight villages in Burkina Faso, published in The Lancet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Drug-delivering device streamlines tuberculosis treatment in pigs
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Scientists have created a retrievable, wire-like device that safely resides in the stomach and releases large dosages of drugs over several weeks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Reducing the burden of tuberculosis treatment
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A research team led by MIT has developed a device that can lodge in the stomach and deliver antibiotics to treat tuberculosis, which they hope will make it easier to cure more patients and reduce health care costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 13, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Response to an Outbreak: Ebola Virus Monoclonal Antibody (mAb114) Rapid Clinical Development
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 3/13/2019. This one-hour lecture describes the discovery and development of a human monoclonal antibody (mAb114) targeting Ebola, discusses the safety and pharmacokinetic data resulting from Phase 1 and follow-on trials of mAb114, and discusses progress to date utilizing monoclonal antibody treatment strategies and remaining challenges. It also details related activities at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cywes-Bentley Awarded Alzheimer ’s Research Grant by IDSA Foundation
Colette Cywes-Bentley, PhD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases, received the Alzheimer ’s Research Grant from the IDSA Foundation for her project, “The Role for Pathogen-Expressed PNAG in Alzheimer’s Disease.” (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - March 13, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Big-City Health Officials Talk Opioid, Measles Epidemics
(MedPage Today) -- More funding needed to make a dent in these problems, they say (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Heart-wrenching memoir of woman who died of cystic fibrosis and a superbug
Mallory Smith died of a superbug that infected her cystic fibrosis-ridden lungs at just 25. Her posthumous memoir, Salt in My Soul, reveals the young woman's struggle to not just survive, but thrive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump Budget Seeks 12% HHS Cut, Medicaid Work Rules, FDA Boost Trump Budget Seeks 12% HHS Cut, Medicaid Work Rules, FDA Boost
The White House on Monday unveiled a budget request that proposes changes in Medicare, including its payment approach for physician services provided in offices owned by hospitals.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Without Vaccine, Hundreds of Children Die in Madagascar Measles Outbreak Without Vaccine, Hundreds of Children Die in Madagascar Measles Outbreak
Two months ago, giggles floated through the home of fisherman Dada as his four-year-old son played ball outside with his two younger cousins on one of Madagascar's famed sun soaked beaches.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Mumps, Other Outbreaks Force U.S. Detention Centers to Quarantine Over 2,000 Migrants Mumps, Other Outbreaks Force U.S. Detention Centers to Quarantine Over 2,000 Migrants
Christian Mejia thought he had a shot at getting out of immigration detention in rural Louisiana after he found a lawyer to help him seek asylum.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

'Medieval' diseases rise in unsanitary living conditions
Infectious diseases are hitting homeless populations especially hard. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A Measles Diagnosis Is Confirmed in New Hampshire. Now, 12 States Have Cases of the Disease
A new measles diagnosis has been reported in New Hampshire, bringing the number of states with confirmed cases of the disease to a dozen. As of Mar. 7, 228 measles cases in 12 states have been confirmed so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s latest numbers. Outbreaks have been particularly severe in Washington and New York states. The sick person in New Hampshire reportedly contracted measles while traveling abroad, as the CDC says is often the case. The international traveler also took a bus from Boston to Manchester, N.H. in late February, WCAX reports. No measles case...
Source: TIME: Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

A Measles Diagnosis Is Confirmed in New Hampshire. Now, At Least 12 States Have Cases of the Disease
A new measles diagnosis has been reported in New Hampshire, bringing the number of states with confirmed cases of the disease to at least a dozen. As of Mar. 7, 228 measles cases in 12 states have been confirmed so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s latest numbers. Outbreaks have been particularly severe in Washington and New York states. The sick person in New Hampshire reportedly contracted measles while traveling abroad, as the CDC says is often the case. The international traveler also took a bus from Boston to Manchester, N.H. in late February, WCAX reports. No mea...
Source: TIME: Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease Source Type: news

South Africa: Government, Amakhosi to Launch TB Campaign
[SAnews.gov.za] Government will on Friday launch the TB Prevention Campaign with Amakhosi and TB Ambassadors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - March 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news