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Infection Control News: April 8-12, 2019Apr152019

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids. Kids seen via telemedicine visits were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic, according to a new study. News.

Blood culture. Higher volumes of blood results in greater organism recovery, and, some studies suggest,  increase in the positivity rate. Study.

Two new cases of measles have been confirmed on Vancouver Island, bringing to 25 the number of recent infections in British Columbia. News.

Deadly fungus immune to drugs secretly sweeps the globe. News.

Early detection could avert the dangers of sepsis. See this article from CBC here. News.

Plus, have a look on a study just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows on how to speed up the diagnosis. Study.

A study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, reveals that some infections in childhood could lead to the development of mental illness later in life. News.

Ebola in DRC. 10 news cases lift the outbreak total to 1117 & health officials are still investigating 295 suspected cases. The DRC’s fatality count has now reached 702. News.

From Radio-Canada: 2 doctors from Ont. & NS have received death threats for publicly defending the benefits of vaccination. The Federal government, itself the target of aggressive messages, is concerned by the strong polarization of Canadians on this subject. News.

Video. Health officials have yet to find the source of a widespread, deadly salmonella outbreak in Canada. Video.

Yemen. Why didn’t vaccine reach Yemen during the largest cholera epidemic in recorded history?News.

An Ottawa cancer patient who contracted measles despite being vaccinated is expressing her anger at people who have deliberately decided not to protect themselves. News.

Plenty of people this time of year are sneezing and sniffling and it’s hard to know if you need an antihistamine or another kind of remedy. Globalnews explains ways to interpret your symptoms.News.

New York. Officials warn parents against ‘Measles parties’ at a press conference, wherein unvaccinated children are intentionally exposed to the virus. News.

An analysis of a 2017 Ebola outbreak in a remote part of DRC involved a novel variant of the virus. According to a new study, the variant is closely related to the initial Mayinga variant isolated in 1976–1977. Study.

In CBC.ca; From a small study, 1/3 of HCW acquired a MDRO during a patient encounter. News.

Scientists have mapped the genome of a strain of cholera extracted a century ago from a sick British soldier during World War I and found clues to how some cholera bacteria strains cause epidemics today. News.

6th case of measles confirmed on Vancouver Island. People who visited Saanich shopping centre on March 26 or 27 may have been exposed. News.

Virus that can kill rabbits in just 1 day returns to Vancouver Island. Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is an extremely infectious and lethal disease in rabbits. Humans and other animals, including dogs and cats, cannot be infected. News.

Promising results from a phase 3 trial of a novel drug for treating invasive Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that has triggered deadly outbreaks in healthcare facilities around the world, with mortality rates as high as 60%. News.

Mozambique: A cholera vaccine campaign launched in Mozambique last week has reach 800,000 people. The country declared an outbreak in late March, & since then more than 3,577 cases & 6 deaths have been reported. News.

Congo’s Ebola outbreak might be declared global emergency. News.

If you were born between 1970 and the early 1990s, you likely received at least one dose of the measles vaccine. But you may not be fully protected. News.

Research scientist says ticks have spread from throughout Manitoba in last 13 years. News.

Dr. Allison McGeer & Anna Maria Tremonti discuss about what needs to be done to fight Candida auris. Read the transcript  or listen by clicking ‘listen’ near the top of the page to hear the full conversation. News.

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