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Cheese could be fueling antibiotic resistance
Swiss researchers have identified a new antibiotic resistant gene in dairy cows that could exacerbate the problem. If transferred to humans, it could turn into deadly superbug MRSA. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gambia: Barrow Embarks On Three-Nation Tour
[The Point] The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, yesterday, Wednesday, began an official visit to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia and Qatar
Between 18 March and 20 April 2017 the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 13 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) including two fatal cases. On 18 April 2017 the national IHR Focal Point of Qatar reported one additional case of MERS. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Liberia: Strange Disease Outbreak in Sinoe County - Nine Persons Already Dead
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -A strange infectious disease which broke out in five communities in Greenville, Sinoe County, has killed at least nine persons, while eight are undergoing treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: NNPC, Total Partner Ogun Govt On Malaria Elimination
[This Day] In commemoration of the 2017 edition of the World Malaria Day (WMD), Total companies in Nigeria, alongside its partners and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in partnership with the Ogun State Ministry of Health, have held a two-day programme to sensitise communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NY, NJ hotspot for deadly superbug fungus
First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECDC report shows strong potential of E-health to increase vaccination coverage in Europe
(European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)) Twenty one EU/EEA countries have developed or are in the process of developing systems to digitally record information about vaccination, according to a new 'ECDC survey report on immunization information systems implementation and system characteristics'. Fourteen of these countries already have a system in place, whereas innovative systems are being piloted in 7 countries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Spatial epidemiology used to identify 3 key hepatitis C hotspots in Massachusetts
(Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus) Public health researchers from Tufts and colleagues conducted a spatial epidemiology study to identify hotspot clusters of hepatitis C infections in Massachusetts. The information may help to make the best use of funding for education, prevention, testing, and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Using rooster testes to learn how the body fights viruses
(University of Rochester Medical Center) Our bodies are constantly under siege by foreign invaders; viruses, bacteria and parasites that want to infiltrate our cells. Using rooster testes, scientists shed light on how germ cells -- sperm and egg -- protect themselves from viruses so that they can pass accurate genetic information to the next generation. The findings could help researchers better fight viruses in chickens and in people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria
(Elsevier Health Sciences) The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E. coli, among nursing home residents demonstrates the need for heightened infection control prevention and control measures in nursing homes, according to a meta-analysis published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Latest advances in artificial intelligence for drug discovery to be presented at the NVIDIA GTC
(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Insilico Medicine, Inc, is a big data analytics company specializing in applying the latest advances in deep learning to drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research. In the NVIDIA Graphics Technology Conference (GTC), the scientists from Insilico Medicine will present its latest progress on the applications of Generative Adversarial Networks to Drug Discovery in Oncology and Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 27, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on Infectious Diseases
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - April 26, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mexico Becomes First in Americas to Wipe Out Tropical Eye Disease Mexico Becomes First in Americas to Wipe Out Tropical Eye Disease
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Mumps Cases Surge in US Mumps Cases Surge in US
Mumps is making a comeback.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

The scariest superbug on CDC's radar is a deadly fungus
Public health officials have revealed that a superbug - Candida auris, a harmful yeast - is on the CDC's radar after spreading to US hospitals, particularly in New York and New Jersey. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Year in infectious disease
Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - April 26, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Tick protein helps antibiotics combat MRSA super bug
A protein derived from ticks enhances the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a Yale-led study. The strategy of using the protein in combination with existing treatments can help address the growing challenge of antibiotic-resistant MRSA and other staph infections, the researchers said. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 26, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Yale News Source Type: news

Gambia: UTG Observes World Malaria Day
[The Point] The Educational Theatre Programme (ETP) at the University of The Gambia (UTG) yesterday observed World Malaria Day under the Theme: "Understand and Prevent Malaria", at an event held at the Gambia College, Brikama Campus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Today Is World Malaria Day
[NEWS] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Tuesday, April 25, 2017 as "World Malaria Day" to be observed as a "Working Holiday". (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: World Malaria Day Marked With Community Outreach Programme
[Ghana Govt.] A Community Outreach Programme has taken place at Glefe, a suburb of Accra, to mark this year's World Malaria Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Furore Over Efforts to Eliminate Malaria
[Guardian] As Nigeria joins the rest of the globe to celebrate the World Malaria Day (WMD), today, April 25, seven countries have been certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having eliminated malaria: United Arab Emirates (2007), Morocco (2010), Turkmenistan (2010), Armenia (2011), Maldives (2015), Sri Lanka (2016) and Kyrgyzstan (2016). This certification is granted by WHO when countries achieve at least three consecutive years of zero locally-acquired cases of malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eritrea: International Malaria Day Observed
[Shabait] Asmara -The International Malaria Day was observed yesterday under the theme "Preventing Malaria: Let's Ensure Our Health". The event was held in Embadorho at national level. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: WHO Reaffirms Commitment to Malaria Eradication
[ANGOP] Ondjiva -The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Angola reaffirmed Tuesday its commitment to work with the Angolan government in eradication of malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Malaria Seen Escalating
[Daily News] Dodoma -The government has released a statement to mark "Universal Malaria Day" that indicates that the current infection rate status in the country is worse compared to the situation that prevailed in the past five years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rwanda: Rwanda Recommits to Tighten Fight Against Malaria
[Rwanda Govt] Today, Rwanda joins the rest of the world in a campaign to "End Malaria for Good." An official ceremony will be held in Huye District to mark World Malaria Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Niger: Energy Firm Renews Resolve to Eliminate Malaria
[CAJ News] Lagos -EXXON Mobil, the international oil and gas company, has renewed its support for local and global organisations working to end malaria around the world. The company works with partners across Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania to raise awareness and advocate for solutions to fight the disease. Planned activities and public events include voluntary testing and counseling sessions, mosquito net distribution, community clean-up campaigns, school engagements, and p (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Governor Wants Greater Involvement in Fighting Malaria
[ANGOP] Ondjiva -The governor of Cunene province, Kundy Paihama, Tuesday in Oihole, Namacunde municipality, called for the involvement of the population in the implementation of preventive measures to combat malaria in the communities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Why Medicinal Plants Could Play a Role in Treating Malaria
[The Conversation Africa] It will take effective prevention, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment to successfully eliminate malaria. But none of this will help if the causative agents become resistant to the drugs used for treatment. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Dr. Jeremiah Waweru Gathirwa and Ruth Monyenye Nyang'acha researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute about the country's work towards using medicinal plants as a potential anti-malarial drugs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Professor Designs Low Cost Paper Centrifuge
[Premium Times] As the world marks Malaria Day on Tuesday, a professor of bio-engineering at Stanford University, Manu Prakash, has designed a paper centrifuge that costs less than a dollar. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Africa: Continuing the Fight to Save 25 Million Lives Across the Sahel
[Malaria Consortium] ACCESS-SMC brought together a consortium of leading players in malaria prevention to deliver seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) to seven countries across the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and The Gambia. In the Sahel, malaria remains one of the leading cause of severe illness and mortality in young children, with those under the age of five at most risk. For the 25 million children who live in areas subject to a seasonal surge in malaria incidence, SMC is an effective, lifesav (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Four Million Cases of Malaria Registered in Twelve Months
[ANGOP] Ondjiva -Four million cases of malaria, which resulted in 15,000 deaths, were recorded in the country's 18 provinces in the last 12 months, said Tuesday in Oihole, Namacunde municipality, Cunene province, the Minister of Health, Luis Gome Sambo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Back Malaria Vaccine Trial
[Nation] The choice of Kenya among three African countries to pilot a malaria vaccine is a welcome development. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV Services Provided by State and Local STD Programs HIV Services Provided by State and Local STD Programs
Are state and local health departments in the US providing adequate HIV services in conjunction with their STD programs? How might these services be improved and expanded?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

New publication highlights the anti-malarial efficacy of exciting new clinical candidate
(University of Cape Town) A new paper published today in the prestigious journal Science Translational Medicine describes the discovery, and biological profiling, of an exciting new anti-malarial clinical drug candidate, MMV390048, effective against resistant strains of the malaria parasite, and across the entire parasite lifecycle, with the potential to cure and protect in a single dose. The research was conducted by the University of Cape Town (UCT)'s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), in collaboration with a team of international researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infect...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Generic (Scientific) » Innovative Measures of Medication Adherence for HIV Treatment and Prevention
The NIMH Division of AIDS Research co-sponsored a meeting with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to advance the next-generation of HIV medication adherence. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to Pilot GSK Malaria Vaccine From 2018 Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to Pilot GSK Malaria Vaccine From 2018
Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world ' s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

8-week Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir Less Effective for HCV 8-week Sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir Less Effective for HCV
For patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, eight weeks of combined sofosbuvir-velpatasvir-voxilaprevir may not be as effective as 12 weeks of only sofosbuvir-velpatasvir, results from two phase 3 open-label trials suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV
The largest case review to date of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation associated with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection found no consistent pattern in terms of which patients are likely to develop this adverse event.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Using 3-D weapons of science to fight infectious diseases
Researchers have achieved a significant milestone in the effort to understand pathogens responsible for some of the world ’s most deadly infectious diseases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Declares April 25 'World Malaria Day' a Working Holiday
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Tuesday, April 25, as "World Malaria Day" to be observed as a "Working Holiday" in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NIH statement on World Malaria Day — April 25, 2017
Statement of B. Fenton Hall, M.D., Ph.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - April 25, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Liberia: Global Fund Executive Director On Two Days Visit
[New Dawn] The Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Dr. Mark R. Dybul is expected to begin a two day visit here today (25th- 26th April 2017.) (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Malaria - Progress Made, Work Incomplete
[Vanguard] AS the world marks another World Malaria Day today, April 25, malaria remains one of the most deadly infectious diseases. Malaria is still an acute public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and especially in Nigeria, no thanks to substantial gaps in the coverage of core malaria control tools. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: What Africa Still Needs to Do to Eliminate Malaria
[The Conversation Africa] Malaria is one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases affecting man. It is an ancient and modern disease - descriptions of illnesses similar to malaria are found in ancient texts from China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: U.S. Committed to Ending Malaria in Nigeria - Envoy
[Vanguard] The Deputy Head of Mission, U.S. Embassy, David Young, on Monday said that his country was committed to ending the scourge of malaria in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: We're Still Far From 'Malaria-Free Nigeria', Minister Says
[Daily Trust] The Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole has said that the indices available have shown that the country was still far from realising its "malaria-free Nigeria" dream. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: How Can We Make Rwanda Malaria-Free?
[New Times] Today, 25 April 2017, as we commemorate World Malaria Day, it is time to highlight the need to sustain the country's efforts and commitment to control and eliminate this life- threatening disease. This year, the World Malaria Day theme is: "Closing the preventive gap for malaria." (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: First Malaria Vaccine to Be Rolled Out in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi
[Nation] Kenya will be among three African countries selected by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to introduce the world's first malaria vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Ending Malaria Is a Sound Investment
[New Times] Today is World Malaria Day, a time to celebrate all of the progress we've made in fighting this deadly disease, and an opportunity to recommit ourselves to eliminating it once and for all. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rwanda: Malaria Still a Major Cause of Poverty - Officials Warn
[New Times] There is need for continued investment and sustained political commitment in malaria prevention and control to curb the disease's contribution to poverty, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, the division manager of Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 25, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news