Ebola Outbreak Updates & The Role of Nosocomial Transmission
The latest on this ever-changing and complex outbreak.
HCV Screening Rate Triples With Multifaceted Intervention
A multifaceted intervention has tripled the rate of hepatitis C virus screening in a baby boomer population.
Study Identifies a Safe Way to Transplant Organs from Hepatitis C-Positive Donors: Public Health Watch
DONATE-HCV trial offers new hope to those on waiting lists for new hearts and/or lungs.
Uganda Tests Preparedness for Ebola as DRC Documents 26 Deaths in 1 Day
As Ebola case counts continue to climb in the ongoing outbreak, emergency preparedness simulations are underway in Uganda.
Are Frontline Hospitals Ready for a Patient With Ebola?
Designated frontline hospitals were expected to identify, isolate, and hold an Ebola patient for 12-24 hours, but an analysis cites gaps in biopreparedness in these facilities.
Study Highlights the Issue of Lingering Symptoms for Ebola Survivors
Ebola virus survivors experience ongoing symptoms following infection, and a new study tracks how those patients compare in health with close contacts who weren’t infected.
Utah's Public Health Approach to Recent Hepatitis A Outbreak
In May 2017, a case of hepatitis A was detected in a Salt Lake County hospital. Over the next 20 months, Utah health officials worked to address what ended up being the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the state’s history.
The European Union's Prison Infectious Disease Complex
On any given day 590,000 individuals are incarcerated across the EU, yet surveillance and reporting for new infectious disease diagnoses are only required for tuberculosis.
Donald Jensen, MD, on the Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreaks in the US
Donald Jensen, MD, discusses the hepatitis A outbreaks that have been declared in 18 states since 2017, highlighting modes of transmission, vaccine recommendations, and the implications of co-infections.
A New Way of Looking at Hepatitis C Drug Costs, and How to Pay Them: Public Health Watch
Direct-acting antivirals are probably worth the price, but are there new ways to get them into patients’ hands?
Hepatitis C Rates Drop Drastically in London Residents With HIV
A London study shows that men infected with HIV are acquiring HCV at much lower levels than before.
Universal HCV Screening During Pregnancy 'Highly' Cost-Effective: Study
The first study to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening among pregnant women in the US in the era of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment demonstrates that it would be "highly" cost effective, even in states with low HCV prevalence.
Ebola Response in DRC Continuously Complicated by Violence
Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has complicated public health efforts and overshadowed strides made in the response to the Ebola outbreak there.
Needle-Exchange Programs Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Hepatitis C Among Drug Users: Public Health Watch
UK study in Addiction identifies benefits for controversial programs proposed as a solution for the ongoing opioid crisis.
Many Health Workers in DRC Demonstrate Ability to Neutralize Ebola Virus
A new study reports that many health care workers had the ability to neutralize the Ebola virus, despite never exhibiting symptoms of infection.
A New Discovery Could Help Prevent Future Ebola Transmission
Investigators have detected the presence of Ebola in a bat in Liberia, revealing more about how bats serve as reservoirs for the deadly pathogen.
Is Eradicating Viral Hepatitis by 2030 a Realistic Goal?
A new analysis sheds light on what is needed to hit this benchmark.
Rift Valley Fever: The Next Big Threat to Pregnant Women?
Women living in or traveling to Africa and the Middle East should take precautions and avoid contact with mosquitoes and livestock.
Advancements in the Field of Blood Culture Testing
Melvin Weinstein MD, discusses the emerging technologies that will advance the field of blood culture testing.
Treating Immunocompromised Patients with Hepatitis B
Kenneth Sherman, MD, discusses hepatitis B infections in immunocompromised patients and what clinicians should expect to see in the future for hepatitis B treatment.
Lowering the Risk of Hepatitis C Virus Reinfection in HIV-Positive Men
Even when men who have sex with men are aware of the risk of hepatitis C infection, they aren’t always confident in their ability to go against the expectations of their peer group.
Ebola Readiness—A False Sense of Security?
A new report shows improvement in some areas but a vast gap in US health care readiness still exists.
Ebola's Effect on Elections in the Congo: Public Health Watch
What’s happening in the African nation is only the latest example of the catch-22 caused by political unrest and infectious disease outbreaks.
Deadly Marburg Virus Found in West Africa for First Time
Investigators have identified Marburg virus in Sierra Leone bats, marking the first time the hemorrhagic fever has been discovered in West Africa.
2019 Brings End to Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Rationing in Oregon
Patients with the hepatitis C virus who are on Medicaid in Oregon can expect to receive curative treatment in 2019, without having to wait for liver damage to set in.
Top 9 Infectious Disease Outbreaks of 2018
We've compiled a list of the top 9 infectious disease outbreaks of 2019.
Shorter Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Possible with Earlier Detection of Infection
Successful treatment of recently acquired hepatitis C virus infection in 8 weeks, with a regimen currently approved for 12 weeks, could enable shorter, less costly treatment.
Human Protein Blocking Ebola Virus Growth May Lead to New Treatment
New findings on the ways Ebola proteins connect with human proteins may lead to a novel treatment for Ebola virus infections.
Funding Gaps in Ebola Outbreak Limit Response Activities
A lack of funding is currently hindering response where it’s needed most; the supply of clean water and sanitation.
Second Case of Rat Hepatitis E Virus Identified in Hong Kong
Through retrospective analysis, investigators have identified a second case of rat hepatitis E virus in a human, which has close genetic relation to the first case.
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