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Contagion Live News Network: Stenotrophomonas Clonal Group Shows Increased Biofilm Capacity

A summary of the latest infectious disease news.

Hello and welcome to Contagion. I’m assistant editor Grant Gallagher here with a brief on our top stories.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia acquisition can lead to difficult respiratory issues for the immunocompromised. The multidrug-resistant opportunistic infection has increased in incidence within health care and community settings alike.

A team of European researchers have identified links between antibiotic resistant S maltophilia phenotypes and quorum sensing, a gene-regulation process which the bacterium can use to coordinate adaptations to host-cell environment. Results were published in Frontiers in Microbiology.

In other news, ImmunityBio continues to advance its Operation Warp Speed vaccine candidate in the hunt for a protective measure against SARS-CoV-2.

In an interview with Contagion, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong describes goals and expectations for the accelerated coronavirus vaccine program Operation Warp Speed.

Lastly, we featured an article from our print issue, providing pharmacist perspectives on Lefamulin. For these stories, and more infectious disease clinical coverage, visit Contagionlive.com. Thanks for listening.