Flu-related deaths exceeded the epidemic threshold for the second week of January, the CDC reported. See MedPage Today for more coverage, as well as how ED doctors and hospitals are dealing with this year’s flu season.
A new form of oral fluid testing for HIV antibodies may hold promise for detecting HIV in certain populations, such as low-resource settings, prisons, and pediatric populations. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
CDC is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo infections linked to raw sprouts. The agency is advising people not to eat raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin after eight ill people were reported.
The NIH is launching an international trial to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV.
After several travelers tested positive for Legionella-related illness, an investigation found Legionella bacteria in the pool, pool sand filter, and hot tub sand filter of a Tennessee hotel. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
New research finds that you may be able to catch the flu just by breathing. (LiveScience)
Why are older hospitalized adults less likely to be tested for flu than younger adults are? (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)
Researchers found “strong evidence” that enterovirus D68 may be the cause of a polio-like illness causing acute flaccid myelitis in children in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. (Eurosurveillance)
Could an ingredient in toothpaste be harnessed to fight drug-resistant malaria? (Scientific Reports)
Broadly neutralizing antibodies have shown promise in animal models, and may be the future of HIV vaccines and treatment research. (New England Journal of Medicine)
“Horsepox,” a new synthetic virus, was created by researchers to test a vaccine in mouse models. Down the road, this technology could hold promise for a safer smallpox vaccine. (PLOS One)
New basic research on Zika in monkeys shows that the virus does damage to the mother’s placenta. (Nature Communications)