It’s official: influenza-associated hospitalizations are significantly higher this flu season than when the CDC started its current tracking system in 2010. The portion of pneumonia and influenza-associated deaths has passed the 10% threshold. Check out MedPage Today‘s latest coverage here, and stay tuned for the CDC’s latest flu update on Friday, as well as this season’s flu vaccine effectiveness numbers, which should be released shortly.
“Rigorous hand hygiene” may not only be able to lower mortality rates in nursing homes, but may also decrease antibiotic prescription rates. (American Journal of Infection Control)
Infections following gastrointestinal surgery are common, with one in 10 patients developing a surgical site infection following a gastrointestinal surgery procedure worldwide. (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
Reject the “spirit and most of the particulars” of President Trump’s budget proposal, urged a spokesperson from the HIV Medicine Association, citing among other reasons that there is “no guarantee that key protections will be maintained for people with HIV” and others needing access to affordable healthcare.
Case Western Reserve University and Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. received a $11 million dollar NIH grant to study gene-edited T-cells designed to potentially eradicate persistent HIV infection in those receiving antiretroviral therapies. (Yahoo! Finance)
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will help sponsor a trial that attempts to examine whether low levels of a certain protein in the blood may indicate if a patient’s lower respiratory infection will respond to treatment with antibiotics.
Two articles published in Health Security examined how a global infectious disease outbreak might jeopardize the U.S.’ export economy, as well as how an outbreak could cause the loss of over 1 million U.S. jobs.
Meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero (GlaxoSmithKline) received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the FDA to develop the vaccine to prevent Invasive Meningococcal Disease caused by serogroup B in children ages 2 to 10. (Pipelinereview.com)
The World Health Organization’s strategy to eliminate yaws, a bacterial disease of the skin, bones and joints, may be hampered by antibiotic resistance. (The Lancet)
One dose of oral cholera vaccine provided short-term effectiveness during an outbreak in Zambia. (New England Journal of Medicine)
A study in monkeys found that the Ebola virus can affect both male and female reproductive organs, and it may persist in semen after recovery. (American Journal of Pathology)