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Top 5 Contagion® News Articles for the Week of October 8, 2017


#5: ID Week 2017 Closing Plenary Provides Guarded Optimism for Coming Decades

The closing plenary session of ID Week 2017 looked ahead to the fight against infectious diseases. James Crowe, Jr, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, struck an optimistic note. “I believe we are in the midst of a sea change in moving from antibiotics to antibodies to combat infectious diseases,” he said.

Traditional vaccine development is a laborious failure-and-success process that can take decades. The old timetable just won’t work any longer. “Antibody technology is mature enough and affordable enough to now be considered as a first approach,” said Dr. Crowe. The path from the discovery of an antigenic target to antibody availability is measured in months, not decades. Formulations with half-lives of up to 90 days are being developed. The manufacture of antibodies and their safe administration is well established. All these facts argue for antibody-based strategies as the go-to tool in infectious diseases.

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#4: Antibiotic Therapy for Staphylococcal Bloodstream Infections: Doing the Same with Less

A treatment algorithm for staphylococcal bloodstream infections (BSIs) featuring markedly shorter antibiotic therapy than the conventional standard of care produces similar rates of success and serious adverse events. For complicated infections, the algorithm approach is better than standard care. The good news from the randomized, multinational, open-label, adjudicator-blinded trial was presented at the ID Week 2017 meeting in San Diego, California.

“The optimal duration of treatment for staphylococcal bacteremia is unknown. Long-course or short-course treatment may place the patient at risk. If treatment is too prolonged, there is a greater risk of the development of antibacterial resistance and antibiotic-associated adverse events. On the other hand, if the treatment duration is too short, there can be a greater chance of relapse due to inadequately treated infection,” said Thomas L. Holland, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, on behalf of the Bacteremia Study Group. 

With this in mind, the researchers sought to provide clarity concerning treatment time. “Our study rationale was that a strategy to identify patients with staphylococcal BSI who can safely be treated with shorter courses of therapy would improve care,” explained Dr. Holland.

Read more about staphylococcal bloodstream infections here.

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