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Zika Diagnosis Confirmed by Placental Sample Testing Zika Diagnosis Confirmed by Placental Sample Testing
CDC study found that testing for RNA in placental samples can confirm the diagnosis of Zika in cases that are not definitive; appropriate testing and follow-up are still critical.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Signs Polio Aid Deal With Germany
[Daily Trust] Nigeria and Germany have signed on to a ?N3.5 billion (?10 million) aid agreement to eradicate polio in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Parent of Burger King, Tim Hortons to curb antibiotics in chicken
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The parent of Burger King and Tim Hortons on Thursday vowed to cut the use of antibiotics in its chicken supply, joining other major fast-food chain operators in the battle against the rise of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Malaria Kills 10
[The Herald] Ten people have died of malaria countrywide in one week, while 11 836 malaria cases were reported during the week ending June 4, the Ministry of Health and Child Care Weekly Disease Surveillance System has revealed. Of the 10 deaths, two were reported at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and one at Chiredzi District Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: UNAIDS, Partners Raps On HIV Issues Here
[New Dawn] The Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) in and partners in collaboration with the National AIDS Commission of Liberia (NAC) are initiating a two-day HIV and social protection Assessment workshop in Monrovia. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chronic Lyme Disease Treatments Linked to Serious Infections Chronic Lyme Disease Treatments Linked to Serious Infections
Prolonged antibiotics or other treatments for patients diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease are unproven and can lead to serious complications and death, the CDC warns.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Patient with Lassa Fever Offers Clues to Virus (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- In-depth study probes neglected disease (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Access-SMC to Present At the Roll Back Malaria SBCC Wg Meeting
[Malaria Consortium] Roll Back Malaria Social and Behavior Change Communication Working Group's (SBCC WG) 4th annual meeting will commence next month in Tanzania. From July 11-13, organizations will come together and share challenges, successes and lessons learned to build an evidence base for malaria social and behavior communication. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Science: Working at the speed of emerging technologies
FDA Acting Chief Scientist Luciana Borio By Luciana Borio, M.D. Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten used to nearly instant access to almost anything. Today, with a tap of an app, we order a car ride, a book, or pizza for dinner. Need to navigate past traffic in downtown city streets? No problem. There’s an app for that, too. Some may wonder: Why hasn’t rapid medical product development partaken of this need for speed that has reshaped other sectors of our economy? Well, in many ways, it has. Innovation is happening extraordinarily fast in the biomedical sciences and at FDA. As FDA’s Acting Chief S...
Source: Mass Device - June 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt, Germany Sign 10 Million Euros Polio Aid Agreement
[Vanguard] The Federal Government and the Government of Germany on Wednesday signed a 10 million Euros aid agreement to eradicate polio in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Gains Made, but Aids Gains Made, but Aids Gains Made, Still a Threat, Report Says
[Daily News] Zanzibar -Despite recent progress in the fight against HIV/Aids, infection is still alarming among Zanzibaris, a new human rights report has warned. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria, Germany Seal N3.5 Billion Polio Aid Deal
[Daily Trust] The governments of Nigeria and Germany have signed ýN3.5 billion (?10 million) aid agreement to eradicate polio in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria, Germany Sign 10 Million Euros Polio Aid Agreement
[Premium Times] The Nigerian government and its German counterpart on Wednesday signed a 10 million Euros aid agreement to eradicate polio in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ebola Response Improvement Plan: January 2017; Progress Report
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 01/2017 This 20-page status report outlines the progress achieved toward addressing key recommendations made by the expert panel formed to review the Department of Health and Human Services'Ebola response and provide recommendations on improving the department's preparedness and response efforts. In addition, the report provides a pathway for strengthening the planning and response to future outbreaks of Ebola virus and other emerging infectious diseases. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Me...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

First Chikungunya-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos found in Brazil
(PLOS) While more than 13,000 cases of Chikungunya viral disease were reported in Brazil in 2015, scientists had never before detected the virus in a captured mosquito in this country. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified a mosquito -- caught in the Brazilian city of Aracaju -- that's naturally infected with the East-Central-South-African (ECSA) genotype of Chikungunya. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Critical gaps in our knowledge of where infectious diseases occur
(Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen) Today Scientists have called for action. The scientific journal Nature Ecology& Evolution have published a joint statement from scientists at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen and North Carolina State University. The scientists call attention to a serious lack of data on the worldwide distribution of disease-causing organisms. Without this knowledge, predicting where and when the next disease outbreak will emerge is hardly possible. Macroecologists hold the expertise to create the needed data network and close the knowledge gaps. (So...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Studies of US Lassa fever patient offer clues about immune response, viral persistence
(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Researchers were able to closely study a Lassa fever patient's immune response over time after he was evacuated to the US for treatment.An experimental drug, favipiravir, was used in treating the US patient and an additional patient infected with Lassa virus in Germany. The drug appeared to have few serious side effects, but its efficacy is unknown.Individual patient reports cannot be generalized to broader population, but findings suggest promising areas for future research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus likelier to pass virus that causes AIDS to infant
HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus, or CMV, in their urine at the time of labor and delivery are more than five times likelier than HIV-positive women without CMV to transmit HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to their infants, according to a UCLA-led study.The research also found that they are nearly 30 times likelier to transmit cytomegalovirus to their infants.Dr. Karin Nielsen, a professor of clinical pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at theDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is the senior author of the study, which was published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.“The findi...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Why do these mothers REFUSE to vaccinate their children?
These parents are in the small but determined minority who refuse to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases which have been largely eradicated in this country. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where in the world will the next emerging disease appear?
Some of the world's worst diseases -- think Ebola or AIDS -- start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this vast and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge? (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scary, infectious SUPERBUG just spread to five more U.S. states, including some in the Midwest
(Natural News) A deadly, hard-to-spot “superbug” yeast is rapidly infiltrating American hospitals. In June 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned clinics about the emergence of a new multidrug-resistant yeast strain called Candida auris. Two months later the first seven cases of a C. auris infection were recorded in the United... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Child Poverty and the Risks of HIV
[The Herald] Our Children, Our Future It goes without saying that children are at higher risk of poverty and deprivation. Girls and boys experience all forms of poverty more acutely than adults because of their vulnerability due to age and dependency. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria to Witness More Malaria Cases As Mosquitoes Develop Resistance
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, has raised alarm over the increasing incidence of mosquito resistance to Long Lasting Insecticide Nets, LLINs, in 18 states of the federation, even as over 50 million Nigerians still test positive to malaria annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Experts Call for Review of Malaria Testing
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Scientists at the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) have expressed concern about tools used in diagnosing malaria after a recent study found a substantial amount of malaria parasites in children who did not show symptoms of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV has a similar impact to diabetes on heart disease risk
Living with HIV carries the same lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease as having diabetes, even after taking into account smoking, a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is there an alternative to disposable diapers?
(Children's Hospital Los Angeles) Jeffrey M. Bender, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Rosemary C. She, MD, a pathologist and medical microbiologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California published a perspective paper in Pediatrics, about an age-old practice now known as elimination communication (EC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trends in emergency room visits & costs for patients with shingles
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Their study suggests that while emergency room visits for shingles has decreased for those vaccinated against either the chicken pox (18 to 19 years old) or the shingles (60 years and older), the patient population in-between (ages 20-59 years old) has experienced increased visits for the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Biological fingerprint of tuberculosis meningitis discovered in children
(The Francis Crick Institute) Children with tuberculosis meningitis have a biological fingerprint that can be used to assess the severity of the condition, help decide the best course of treatment, and provide clues for novel treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Molecular test for common causes of vaginitis receives FDA approval
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report that a molecular diagnostic test accurately distinguishes among the three most common causes of vaginitis, an inflammation of vaginal tissue they say accounts for millions of visits to medical clinics and offices in the US each year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What are trends in emergency department utilization, costs for shingles?
(The JAMA Network Journals) A new article published by JAMA Dermatology uses a nationwide database of emergency department (ED) visits to examine herpes zoster (HZ, shingles)-related ED utilization and costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers create a 'Rosetta Stone' to decode immune recognition
(St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed an algorithm that predicts T cell recognition of antigens and sets the stage to more effectively harness the immune system (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did not achieve statistical significance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How a piece of Singapore could reshape this East Bay drug research center
A huge Swiss drug maker is shifting its tropical diseases research unit from Singapore to Emeryville, where scientists will work side by side with infectious diseases researchers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Now I Am Not Scared of Testing for HIV'
[What'sUpHIV] THABO MOLELEKWA writes: When Samkelisiwe Chiliza from Durban heard about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, she did not hesitate to join the PrEP study through the Centre for Aids Programme and Research in South Africa (Caprisa). (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A special invitation to authors
The editors of Clinical Microbiology Newsletter welcome proposals for review articles on topics relevant to clinical microbiologists and infectious disease physicians. If you would like to prepare a brief manuscript on such a topic, please contact Paul Granato with your proposal (see contact information and general guidelines below) to discuss the details of the potential submission. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - June 20, 2017 Category: Microbiology Source Type: news

New device detects presence of life-threatening superbugs in just two minutes
(Natural News) Mankind may soon have the weapon it needs to win the battle against superbugs. Scientists from the University of Birmingham have created a handheld device that can detect the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (superbugs) by screening blood, saliva, and urine in less than two minutes. This is a very powerful device to have... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Experts Resign from President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel in Protest
Title: 6 Experts Resign from President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel in ProtestCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/19/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/20/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet HIV General)
Source: MedicineNet HIV General - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bacterial superantigens turn our immune cells to the dark side
(PLOS) A subpopulation of immune cells that normally fend off pathogens can turn against the host during certain infections, a new study publishing on June 20 in the open access journal PLOS Biology reveals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Finding the perfect match: A new approach to battle drug-resistant bacteria
(University of Utah Health) Antibiotics were the wonder drug of the 20th century, but persistent use and over-prescription have opened the door that has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance. According to the CDC, more than two million people in the US develop bacterial infections that are resistant to multiple antibiotics every year. Researchers at University of Utah Health developed a rapid screening method to pair existing FDA-approved drugs to combat multi-drug resistant bacterial infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infections in early life associated with increased risk for Celiac disease
(Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen - German Research Center for Environmental Health) Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum M ü nchen after analyzing data provided by the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. The study has now been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - In...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Penn study details impact of antibiotics, antiseptics on skin microbiomes
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) The use of topical antibiotics can dramatically alter communities of bacteria that live on the skin, while the use of antiseptics has a much smaller, less durable impact. The study, conducted in mice in the laboratory of Elizabeth Grice, PhD, an assistant professor of Dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to show the long-term effects of antimicrobial drugs on the skin microbiome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

City rats: Why scientists are not hot on their tails
(Oxford University Press USA) Researchers argue they need greater access to urban properties if they are to win the war against rats. People around the world denounce rats for fouling foods, spreading disease, starting fires, and even disabling motor vehicles. One might assume because of the threat city rats pose to health and safety, scientists would be hot on their tails -- tracking every movement, monitoring each disease they carry, and discovering new tools to control their populations and movements. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections FDA Approves Delafloxacin (Baxdela) for Skin Infections
The new antibiotic works against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including MRSA.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

HIV Patients Do Better with Viral Suppression When They're Paid
(MedPage Today) -- But will physicians get on board with financial incentive programs (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Clindamycin Recalled as Sterility Problems Dog Hospira Clindamycin Recalled as Sterility Problems Dog Hospira
Earlier this year, the FDA faulted the drug maker for'inadequate'oversight and control of its manufacturing processes at multiple plants.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 11 and 15 June 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 14 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including one fatal case among previously reported cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Nigeria: Rapid Test Facilitates Malaria Diagnosis
[Guardian] Diagnosing malaria has been a very time-consuming and error-prone process up to now. Together with his Dutch colleague Jan van den Boogaart, Professor Oliver Hayden from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an automated rapid blood test that provides an accurate diagnosis in almost 100 percent of cases. The researchers were presented with the European Inventor Award, which honors outstanding inventors from Europe and the rest of the world, for the development of the new method on 15 J (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

PBL Gains Approval to Advance Next Generation Anthrax Vaccine
Porton Biopharma Ltd (PBL) has announced that it has signed a modification to its contract with the US National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to advance a next generation intra-nasal anthrax vacci … (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - June 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

South Africa: Former AIDS Council Head Criticises Government Plan
[GroundUp] But Fareed Abdullah says it is not too late to improve it (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt to Mandate Genotype, HIV Tests for Intending Couples
[Daily Trust] Sokoto -As part of moves to check sickle cell disease, the Sokoto State Government is to promulgate a law to make it compulsory for would-be couples to undergo genotype testing before marriage. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news