Global seasonal flu deaths are going up. New estimates published in The Lancet found that from 291,000 to as many as 646,000 people may die from influenza-related illness worldwide every year (from a previous range of 250,000 to 500,000).
Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans said that it halved its rate of certain hospital infections after deploying germ-fighting robots to clean patient rooms.
Researchers are seeing a range of severe developmental delays among children with congenital Zika virus infection, according to a study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examining toddlers born with microcephaly. See MedPage Today had more coverage.
New “designer nanoparticles” were not just engineered to prevent viruses, such as herpes simplex virus, HPV, and respiratory syncytial virus, but to destroy them. (Nature Materials)
Arizona reported a recent spike in Valley Fever — a respiratory fungal infection linked to spores in the soil — and cases are predicted to increase in 2018. (ScienceNewsLine)
In outbreak news, 30 more ill people were reported with multi-drug resistant Campylobacter infections linked to pet store puppies. This brings the total to 97 infected people in 17 states — including 22 hospitalized. (CDC)
Survivors of an early African outbreak of Ebola were still carrying antibodies to the virus 40 years later. (Journal of Infectious Diseases)
South Sudan implemented the second round of an oral cholera vaccination program in high risk areas to combat an outbreak that has killed over 450 people since June 2016. (WHO)
The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended AbbVie’s Maviret (glecaprevir + pibrentasvir) for chronic hepatitis C.
Researchers think they may have found a way to detect tuberculosis in HIV-negative patients through a urine test. (Science Translational Medicine)
A study on monkeys found that after antibiotic treatment, researchers found evidence of bacteria that cause Lyme disease 28 days after infection. (PLOS One)