FDA Approved New Fluoroquinolone for ABSSSI
Badela, a new antibiotic developed by Melinta Therapeutics, was just approved by the US FDA to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections.
Scabies Outbreak Infects Dozens in Chicago Preschool
A recent scabies outbreak has affected a Chicago daycare facility, forcing students and teachers experiencing symptoms to be sent home.
Learning More About Monitoring and Understanding Antibiotic Resistance with Dr. David Hooper
At the recent ASM Microbe 2017 Conference, Contagion® sat down with David Hooper, MD, ASM Microbe Steering Committee Chair to learn more about his research.
Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of May 28, 2017
In case you missed them, here are our top 5 articles for the week of May 28, 2017.
ASM Microbe 2017 Opening Plenary: Insights from Zebrafish Models of TB, Leprosy & Origins of Life
In New Orleans, The American Society of Microbiology 2017 annual meeting started with 3 distinct speakers.
Mumps Outbreak at Penn State Infects More than 80 Individuals
The university reports that infection has subsided in several individuals; however, more people continue to report illness.
Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of May 14, 2017
In case you missed them, here are our top 5 articles for the week of May 14, 2017.
New Test Could Save Valuable Time When Diagnosing MRSA
Researchers from Montefiore Medical Center presented findings on differential diagnosis of MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus at the 2017 Annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting in San Francisco, California.
Public Health News Watch Wednesday: Report for May 17, 2017
This week’s Public Health News Watch focuses on what’s potentially behind the recent outbreak of measles in a Somali community in Minnesota.
The Increasing Public Health Burden of Atopic Dermatitis
A recently published review article analyzed the epidemiology of atopic dermatitis and its increasing prevalence, and found that it may be more common in adults than previously thought.
Vaccine-preventable Diseases in The Dental Arena
There are several diseases that pose a high risk in the dental healthcare setting; a review article highlights ones that are preventable by immunization.
Despite Progress Towards Global Eradication of Polio, Measles, & Rubella, Challenges Remain
In a recent webinar, the CDC and the HHS’s National Vaccine Program Office discussed global efforts being made to eradicate polio, measles, and rubella in the United States.
Measles Outbreak in Minnesota Linked to Drop in Vaccination Rates
Health officials in Minnesota have linked the state’s biggest measles outbreak in decades to anti-vaccination efforts centered on one immigrant community.
CDC Reports on Historical Link Between Anthrax Cases and Shaving Brushes
A shift in materials used in developing shaving brushes in the United States and England during WWI may have resulted in an increase in anthrax cases.
University Mumps Outbreak Prevails Despite High 2-Dose MMR Coverage
The University of Iowa experienced a large mumps outbreak last year, despite almost 100% adherence to 2-dose measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine schedule, which begs the question, is it time to start recommending a 3-dose schedule?
Why Was a Specific Meningococcal Disease Vaccine Recommended for the 2016 Rutgers Outbreak?
The CDC offers insight into why a rare exception to the general recommendation of either brand of MenB vaccine had been made for the Rutgers outbreak in 2016.
Pet Monkeys Could Play A Role in Eradicating Yaws
Despite initial attempts by WHO to eradicate yaws from Asia, several island nations in Asia continue to report active cases of the disease in humans.
Measles Outbreaks Can Occur in Intense Exposure Settings Despite High Immunity Levels
In populations with high presumptive immunity to measles, the infection can still spread when there is intense contact between patients or high levels of exposure.
Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of April 16, 2017
In case you missed them, here are our top 5 articles for the week of April 16, 2017.
New Antibiotic Performs Well Against Vancomycin for Treatment of ABSSSIs
Topline results of a recent phase 3 clinical trial have shown that iclaprim is as effective as vancomycin for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSIs).
Is Smallpox Poised to Make a Comeback?
Although the eradication of smallpox was declared by the World Health Assembly in 1980, the deadly disease might make a comeback. The question is, will we be prepared for it?
How Does Zika Differ from Other Congenital Infections?
David A. Schwartz, MD, MS Hyg, FCAP, clinical professor of pathology at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, explains how congenital infection with Zika virus differs from congenital infection with other viruses.
Can Environmental Surveillance Data Estimate Polio Infection?
Sometimes the best surveillance tools are found in the gutter, at least according to a new study.
Eczema Could Compromise Flu Shots
Researchers suggest that patients with eczema should request that their flu shots be administered intramuscularly and not intradermally.
Ocular Syphilis and Cytomegalovirus Retinitis Have Different Immunologic Profiles
Researchers have found that individuals with cytomegalovirus retinitis have a more advanced HIV infection than individuals with ocular syphilis.
Active Genital Herpes in Early Pregnancy Linked with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Researchers have discovered that women who experience active genital herpes infection early in their pregnancy may be more likely to have a child who will later be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Ocular Syphilis May Suggest HIV Co-Infection
Researchers have found that cases of ocular syphilis have been increasing in North Carolina and that the prevalence of ocular syphilis was almost twice as high among HIV-positive patients as among those who were HIV negative or HIV unknown.
Strep Throat—To Fear or Not to Fear (Again)?
Reports of serious consequences from severe streptococcal infections have caused fear among the general public, but is this fear warranted?
Daptomycin Effective Against MRSA Skin Infections in Children
A multi-institution research team has found that daptomycin is effective and well-tolerated in children.
Mumps Outbreak Prompts Call for New Vaccinations
A mumps outbreak that began in the country last fall is continuing across the United States. New research suggests that even small populations of unvaccinated individuals may be fueling the outbreak.
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