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Botswana: Botswana Makes Progress in HIV Prevention
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Since the launching of the Treat All Strategy by President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama in June 2016, Botswana is steadily making strides towards the achievement of the Joint United Nations Programme on (HIV/AIDS UNAIDS) targets. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: Tuberculosis Prevalence On Decline
[Shabait] Asmara -Sister Natsinet Gebreyohanes, head of TB and Leprosy Control in the Ministry of Health branch in the Central region, reported that owing to the integrated effort and sustainable awareness raising programs the prevalence of TB has been reduced by 90%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Serum Institute's vaccine demonstrates significant efficacy against severe rotavirus
(PATH) Results from a Phase 3 efficacy study in India of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.'s rotavirus vaccine BRV-PV (known as ROTASIIL ® ) were published in the journal Vaccine. The study showed the vaccine to be safe, well tolerated, and to provide significant efficacy against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis. In 2013, an estimated 47,100 rotavirus deaths occurred in India, 22 percent of all rotavirus deaths that occurred globally. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AAP: Offer Guidance on Preventing Infections Among Student Athletes (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Clinical report details proper treatment, preventive strategies (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

IDWeek 2017 IDWeek 2017
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from IDWeek 2017.Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Mosquitoes Carrying Zika, Dengue May Thrive in Warmer Africa Mosquitoes Carrying Zika, Dengue May Thrive in Warmer Africa
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease
South England and Scottish Highlands have higher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease, says health bodyThe south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said some areas appear to havehigher prevalence of infected ticks which cause the disease. But the health body said prevalence data is incomplete as it called for a large study into the condition in the UK.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Infectious diseases Science UK news Health Society Source Type: news

HIV/AIDS: What If U.S. Cuts Global Funding?
(MedPage Today) -- Time may be running out on PEPFAR and Global Funds (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Move Over Malaria - Mosquitoes Carrying Zika, Dengue May Thrive
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Icon Gold - New Condom for Youth
[The Herald] The Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has joined the fight against new HIV infections by launching a new condom that will be distributed for free countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 'Tertiary Institutions Need Full Condom Supply'
[The Herald] Higher and tertiary institutions should be well-supplied with condoms if the country is to close the tap to new HIV infections, the National Aids Council (NAC) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Predictors for and Coverage of Flu Vaccine in HIV Patients Predictors for and Coverage of Flu Vaccine in HIV Patients
How likely are HIV-infected individuals to be vaccinated against influenza, and what are the reasons for not doing so? A survey of HIV-positive patients provides insight.HIV Medicine (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

Adverse Events of Raltegravir and Dolutegravir Adverse Events of Raltegravir and Dolutegravir
Do commonly reported toxic adverse events associated with these drugs factor into the decision to discontinue ART?AIDS (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

The Checkup: When Athletes Share Infections
The close contact and casual sharing that are components of team bonding can also be a breeding ground for infectious disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PERRI KLASS, M.D. Tags: Athletics and Sports Interscholastic Athletics Wrestling Children and Childhood Education (K-12) Hygiene and Cleanliness Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Hospital mortality rates for heart attack differ by age
(American College of Physicians) Hospital rankings based exclusively on heart attack mortality data for older patients may not accurately represent hospital quality for all ages. A study lead by Yale researchers found that hospital mortality rates after heart attack differ by age, suggesting a need to include data on younger patients in such assessments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Human antibodies from dengue patients can effectively treat Zika infection in mice
(Imperial College London) Scientists have discovered that antibodies taken from patients infectedwith dengue virus are effective in treating Zika infection in rodents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibody protects against Zika and dengue, mouse study shows
(Washington University School of Medicine) The same countries hard hit by Zika virus -- which can cause brain damage in babies infected before birth -- are also home to dengue virus. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers report that they have found an antibody that protects against both viruses. These findings, in mice, could be a step towards an antibody-based preventative drug to protect fetuses from brain damage, while also protecting their mothers from both Zika and dengue disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Three or more cups of coffee daily halves mortality risk in patients with both HIV and HCV
(Elsevier) Patients infected by both HIV and hepatitis C virus are at specific risk of end-stage liver disease and greater risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In addition, HIV infection accelerates the progression of chronic hepatitis C to fibrosis and development of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease. In these HIV-HCV co-infected patients, drinking at least three cups of coffee each day halved the risk of all-cause mortality according to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study finds being in a good mood for your flu jab boosts its effectiveness
(University of Nottingham) New research by a team of health experts at the University of Nottingham has found evidence that being in a positive mood on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fighting the flu can be a matter of life and death – so what more can we do?
Australia is coming out of its most deadly influenza season for more than 10 years and experts say increased vaccination alone will not help enoughAs Australia endures one of its worst flu seasons in more than a decade, questions are being raised about how the public can be better prepared and what can be done to protect the most vulnerable.At least 170,000 influenza cases have been confirmed this season, almost two-and-a-half times more than in 2016. The federal health department logged 72 flu-related deaths by Thursday, including that ofeight-year-old Rosie Andersen in Melbourne. Experts say Australia is on track fora re...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 24, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Health Flu Infectious diseases Australia news Medical research Science Microbiology Source Type: news

WARNING: How a diet heavy in fruit vegetables and nuts could lead to FATAL heart infection
EATING too much fruit, vegetables and nuts can increase your risk of triggering a deadly heart infection cause by MRSA. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Aids Activist David Ross Patient Dies
[News24Wire] World renowned South African AIDS activist David Ross Patient, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1983, died on Friday evening after contracting pneumonia following an operation. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 23, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Antibiotics, Cleaners May Spread Multidrug-Resistant MRSA in Home
(MedPage Today) -- Variety of risk factors included pet ownership, small household (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Africa to Get State-of-Art HIV Drugs for $75 a Year Africa to Get State-of-Art HIV Drugs for $75 a Year
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

2015 HIV Outcomes for MSM Improve
(MedPage Today) -- Still fall short of national goals (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

It ’s Been One Year Since the World Took On Superbugs. Here’s What’s Changed
This week marks one year since world leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 2016 and unanimously committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The risks of not doing so were clear: a recent report estimated that if AMR continued to spread at its current rate, there would be up to 10 million deaths globally by 2050. On Thursday, leaders gathered once again, in a less formal setting near the UN, to discuss what progress has been made one year later. “We are not where we should be,” said Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer of England, during her keynote sp...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized AMR antibiotic resistance antibiotics rise of the superbugs UNGA United Nations United Nations General Assembly what is antibiotic resistance Source Type: news

Can Clinicians Influence Influenza Vaccination Rates? Can Clinicians Influence Influenza Vaccination Rates?
What can you say to convince a hesitant patient that influenza vaccine is necessary?Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Article Source Type: news

Africa: Can Continent End HIV Infections By 2030?
[Nyasa Times] World leaders including six African presidents Thursday demonstrated how the Fast Track approach to ending AIDS is working and positively positive impacting on health systems in most countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: SA to Save Billions On HIV Treatment
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has found a breakthrough pricing agreement that will speed up the availability of the first affordable, generic and single-pill HIV treatment programme. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Women At Risk of HIV From Bacterial Infection
[East African] Women with a history of vaginal bacterial infections have a higher chance of contracting and transmitting HIV, a study has shown. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Donors Donate 1.9bn/ - Into HIV/Aids Kitty
[Daily News] SOME 1.9bn/- is now available for the newly introduced AIDS Trust Fund as core funding for its prevention and 'enabling environment' departments. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rwanda: Health Ministry Launches U.S.$5 Million Spraying Drive Ahead of Malaria Peak Season
[New Times] The ministry of Health has launched a $5,098,326 indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign in Kirehe and Nyagatare, some of the malaria high risk districts in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Africa: USAID Announces Malaria Initiative Launch and Expansion
[USAID] New York -Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study: Strategy might prevent infections in patients with spinal cord injuries
(MediaSource) A new study at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center investigates how to reduce the number of infections in patients with spinal cord injuries without using antibiotics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Residents: Frontline defenders against antibiotic resistance?
(Children's National Health System) Residents often decide which antibiotics to start a patient on so they could become the first line of defense against antibiotic resistance, says Geovanny F. Perez, M.D., a pulmonologist at Children's National Health System. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Low screening rates for adolescents diagnosed with PID in the nation's emergency departments
(Children's National Health System) The nation's emergency departments had low rates of complying with recommended HIV and syphilis screening for at-risk adolescents, though larger hospitals were more likely to provide such evidence-based care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Two Group A Streptococcus genes linked to 'flesh-eating' bacterial infections
(University of Maryland) Group A Streptococcus bacteria cause illnesses ranging from mild nuisances like strep throat to life-threatening conditions such as flesh-eating disease, also known as necrotizing fasciitis. Life-threatening infections occur when the bacteria spread underneath the surface of the skin or throat and invade the underlying soft tissue. Researchers have found two group A Streptococcus genes involved in invasive infections, which may be potential targets for therapeutics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical and psychological problems faced by young Australian gap year travellers - Furuya-Kanamori L, Mills D, Sheridan S, Lau C.
BACKGROUND: Gap year travellers can potentially be exposed to many infectious diseases and other travel-related health problems including injuries and psychological problems. Currently, there is little information on health and wellbeing of this particular... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The quantified self during travel: mapping health in a prospective cohort of travellers - Farnham A, Furrer R, Blanke U, Stone E, Hatz C, Puhan MA.
BACKGROUND: Travel medicine research has remained relatively unchanged in the face of rapid expansion of international travel and is unlikely to meet health challenges beyond infectious diseases. Our aim was to identify the range of health outcomes during ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Teens Risk Suicide, Drugs and AIDS Due to Gender'Straitjacket', Study Says Teens Risk Suicide, Drugs and AIDS Due to Gender'Straitjacket', Study Says
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

HIV Care Outcomes Among Men Who Have Sex With Men With Diagnosed HIV Infection - United States, 2015
In 2015, 19% of HIV infections diagnosed among MSM were classified as stage 3 (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), and 75% of MSM with diagnoses of HIV infection were linked to care within 1 month. MSM who were black or African American and MSM aged less than 25 years were less likely to be linked to care within 1 month of diagnosis of HIV infection compared with other racial/ethnic and age groups. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Update to CDC ’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Hormonal Contraception Among Women at High Risk for HIV Infection
CDC ’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (U.S. MEC) (first published in 2010 and updated in 2016) provides evidence-based guidance for the safe use of contraceptive methods among U.S. women with certain characteristics or medical conditions (1), and is adapted from global guidanc e from the World Health Organization (WHO) and kept up to date based on continual review of published literature (2). CDC recently evaluated the evidence and the updated WHO guidance on the risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) acquisition among women using hormonal contraception. After carefu l review, CDC adopte...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

QuickStats: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease Death Rates Among Women Aged 45 –64 Years, by Race and Age Group - National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2000–2015
Among black women aged 45 –54 years, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease death rate decreased 60% from 28.4 per 100,000 in 2006 to 11.5 in 2015. Among black women aged 55–64 years, the rate increased 42% from 10.0 in 2000 to 14.2 in 2008, before declining to 10.3 in 2015. Among white women aged 45–54 years, the rate decreased 53% from 1.9 in 2005 to 0.9 in 2015. Among white women aged 55–64 years, the rate did not change, remaining at about 0.8. Throughout the period, HIV disease death rates among black women were higher compared with rates among white women for both age groups. (Source: ...
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Will Disposable Caps Solve Dirty Scope Problems?
Reprocessing duodenoscopes after they’ve journeyed through a patient’s GI tract has been a pain in the you-know-what for pretty much everyone involved. These flexible lighted instruments are quite complex, with a lot of small working parts that are difficult to clean. So it’s all too easy for contaminated tissue or fluid to get trapped in the crevices of the device and allow nasty little superbugs to spread to other patients. And yet, duodenoscopes enable more than 500,000 necessary procedures a year for patients with bile duct disorders and other upper GI problems, according to FDA. That’s why the ...
Source: MDDI - September 21, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: MD & M Minneapolis Sterilization Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Good Design Can Help People With Dementia Live Better  Lives
1. Good design can help people with dementia live better lives. This app can help. By the University of Stirling 2. Why is flying so hard on our bodies and brains? By Richard Gray in BBC Future 3. Big ideas are getting harder — and more expensive — to find. By May Wong at Stanford University 4. Pet and pest allergens might actually reduce your baby’s asthma risk. By the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 5. Is climate change making our food less nutritious? By Helena Bottemiller Evich in Politico Magazine The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Was...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Aspen Institute Tags: Uncategorized Asthma climate change Dementia Five Best Ideas Flying Innovation Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 23 August 2017, the national IHR focal point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Advantages and Disadvantages of FDA-Approved HIV Assays Used for Screening
Chart of all FDA-Approved HIV screening assays. (Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention)
Source: CDC HIV/AIDS Prevention - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Botswana: Minister Speaks on the Spread of HIV/Aids
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Since 1985, Botswana has embarked on a warfare against the spread of HIV/AIDS and mitigating its impact, says Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Mr Edwin Batshu. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Namibia: Woman Keeps Going Despite Paralysis
[Namibian] About seven years ago, Martha Campbell (47) started losing control of her body below her waist because of "TB of the spine", doctors told her. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - September 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Your Towels Are Way Dirtier Than You Think
Dirty towels can carry a huge variety of microbes, and they’ve even been linked to spreading infectious disease. You can’t keep your towels 100% germ-free, experts say, but you can limit the grossest ones by washing your towels—only way more often than you probably do now. Towels are such great bacteria traps because every time you use a towel, you transfer your natural skin bacteria, and any other germs you’re carrying, onto their surface. Most of these germs won’t have any negative health effects because they’re coming from you. “Our bodies are adapted to being able to live in th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Bacteria bath towels coliform bacteria dirty towels E. coli fungus how often should i do laundry how often should i wash my bath towels how often should i wash my towels how to wash towels Hygiene kitchen towels mic Source Type: news