Infection Control News: July 23-27, 2018Jul302018

The man who invented modern infection control: He’s hailed as the “father of infection control” and the “savior of mothers,” but the truth about Ignaz Semmelweis is more complicated than that. Article

Global Survey of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Air. Journal

Fidaxomicin “better” option than vancomycin in many C. difficile cases. News.

Acrylic nails harbor more bacteria than natural nails, but little is known about the new and popular gel nail. Acrylic & natural nails may be more amenable to hand hygiene than gel polish. Gel nails may be more difficult to clean using alcohol hand gel. Study.

From The Spectator: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Halton. News.

Rapid Expansion of Multidrug Resistant E Coli Clone ST1193 in the United States. News

New way to target flu virus: In a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a research team delves further into a glycoprotein complex it began to define in a 2014 paper. News

From GlobalNews video: Dr. Jim Kellner explain why some parents are choosing not to get their kids vaccinated and the possible consequences. News.

A woman likely spread Ebola a year after infection. It is suggest that pregnancy may have played a role in triggering the virus flare. News. See also: Study.

Varicella-zoster virus inhibits autophagosome-lysosome fusion and the degradation stage of mTOR-mediated autophagic flux. Journal

Public Health investigating outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen chicken. News

How salmonella may have ended up in Honey Smacks cereal and Goldfish crackers News

From Toronto Star: DRC confirms end to Ebola virus outbreak. Over the course, the DRC recorded 54 cases, 33 of them fatal. Of the 54 cases, 38 were lab-confirmed and 16 were classified as probable. News.  See also CDC statement

Planning to visit Africa? Think ESBL colonization. Africa has become a popular  destination for international travellers, but data from 396 travellers showed that the highest colonization rates were seen in Egypt (70,6%), than Ghana and Tanzania. Study.

Are the educational videos on hand hygiene on Youtube helpful? Lim and al. conducted a search of the media. They screened 400 videos. 70 were retained and 39 were categorized as educationally useful. Miscommunication was observed in several videos. Study.  

Bats harbor a gene swiped from an ancient Ebola-like virus — here’s how they may use it. Study suggests that a gene encoding a viral protein has been carefully preserved in Myotis bats for millions of years. News  

CICs: CBIC has a social media “badge” you can add to your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.

The number of Cyclospora infections are increasing in Ontario and Ottawa regions.

Infection are characterized by frequent watery diarrhea, anorexia, fatigue, abdominal cramps, nausea and myalgia. Cyclospora infection is a reportable disease. Reportable disease.

In AJIC: Environmental considerations in the selection of isolation gowns. compared to the disposable gown system, the reusable one showed lots of environmental benefits like energy consumption, gas emissions, blue water consumption & waste generation. Study.

Hepatitis day is July 28. Find more about symptoms, causes, complications, tests, treatments, coping and prevention for hepatitis C on Clinical information.

CBC: Number of people unknowingly contracting hepatitis C on the rise. News.

Earlier this week we issued a warning regarding the presence of Salmonella in a Campbell Company of Canada product. USA today shows how salmonella is able to infiltrate in such products. News.

Eating uncooked pork can be dangerous. A 8 yr old girl suffered from severe headaches & epileptic seizures for months. More than 100 eggs of a parasite, most likely T. solium, have been found in her brain. Read how these eggs migrated there. News.

Yemen ‘on brink of new cholera epidemic’, charity warns. News

Positive results for West Nile Virus were found in Ottawa this season. This result comes relatively early, and may indicate an active season. Info on lab testing may be found at the PHO website. look under Laboratory: 1) Testing Information and 2) Labstract.

In CBC: Mutated strains of HIV circulating in Saskatchewan are leading to faster-developing AIDS-related illnesses in the Indigenous population. News.

Earlier this week, blamed on a pedicure, a woman almost lost her leg after infection: News | Infection control information


Infection Control News: July 16-20, 2018Jul232018

FDA updates warnings for fluoroquinolone antibiotics on risks of mental health and low blood sugar adverse reactions. FDA News Release

FDA approves first treatment for smallpox virus. News with video

Bacterial ‘armour’ could provide a target for new antibiotic drugs. News

“Crowdsourcing” friendly bacteria helps S.aureus cause infection. News

Why men might recover from flu faster than women. News

Study finds that patient with ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae had a higher risk for 30-day mortality than patients with ESBL-producing E. coli. News.

Horizontal gene transfer and antibiotic resistance: Article with video  

Contagion® Outbreak Monitor provides real-time updates to clinicians on outbreaks including Hepatitis A, Listeria, Mumps, Avian influenza, Cyclospora. News/Resource

Broadly acting antibodies found in plasma of Ebola survivors. News

People who underwent minor surgery at a west Ottawa medical clinic were at a higher risk of infection due to improperly cleaned medical equipment over the last 15 years, health officials say. News.

NCCID Disease Debriefs provide Canadian public health practitioners and clinicians with up-to-date reviews of essential information on prominent infectious diseases for Canadian public health practice. Follow this link to find more info on Lyme disease.  Clinical information.

From Canadian Paediatric Society: Fever in returning child travellers: Highlights for health care providers, including information, key resources to help clinical assessment, management and referral. Clinical information.

The CDC has redesigned its sepsis website to make it easier for patients, families, and healthcare professionals to find the life-saving resources they need to protect their loved ones and patients from sepsis.

Human Cytomegalovirus Protein UL31 Inhibits DNA Sensing of cGAS to Mediate Immune Evasion. Journal  

Scientists develop early warning system to predict dengue outbreak. News  

Phage “nucleus” blocks CRISPR: a rare DNA that Cas9 and Cas12 cannot cut in vivo. News

A rare outbreak of ‘rabbit fever’ popped up at a German winery. The surprising cause? Grapes. News

Procalcitonin-Guided Use of Antibiotics for Lower Respiratory Tract Infection. Journal

Novartis will no longer be working on antimicrobial projects. News

In Spain, an ICU outbreak caused by C. indologenes could be related to sinks. News.

Ottawa Public Health is investigating a cluster of cases of diarrhea, including bloody diarrhea, with culture of E coli O157. OPH is investigating a possible exposure to farm animals and/or food in a public setting in Ottawa. More info on VTEC

For more info about C. indologenes, an emergent organism resistant to many antibiotic, read this Clinical case report

Community-Acquired Pneumonia Journal

On Global News: Nova Scotia experiencing ‘significant increase’ in newly-diagnosed HIV cases. Normally in an entire year there is about 15 to 17 reports of HIV in NS,  that number has already been reached. News.

From The Region of Waterloo sees increase in reported Hepatitis A cases. There are normally 6 to 7 cases per year and the region has reached 19 cases since. Consumption of drugs including marijuana is a common risk factor. News.

In AJIC article in press: 10 different donning/doffing protocols by various health organization to protect from Ebola were tested. The CDC protocol is rating among the best for ease. Study detail also contamination and problems commonly reported by participants. Study.

Food Recall Report.Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Product: Europe’s Best brand Field Berry Mixes. Recalling Firm: Hain Celestial Canada, ULC. Distribution: National. Report.

According to a WHO report published on July 12th, the DR Congo reported 11 more suspected Ebola cases. To date, 38 patients were confirmed positve, 15 are probable and 29 died, resulting in a case-fatality rate close to 55%. Report.

Smallpox as bioweapon? FDA approves first treatment drug in response to fears. News

In UK: Ten years on since the start of the HPV vaccine program – what impact is it having? UK expects to see big reductions in cervical cancer in years to come. News



Infection Control News: July 9-13, 2018Jul172018

Microbial Preparations (Probiotics) for the Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection in Adults and Children: An Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis of 6,851 Participants. Journal

Michael Garron Hospital is one of few centres in Canada that offers stool transplant to treat C. difficile. Article with video

Environmental decontamination 1: what is it and why is it important? Journal

Scientists hope to unlock the secret of how mucus fights infection and pave the way for developing new antibacterial substances in the future. News | Journal

Influenza-MRSA co-infection may require Vancomycin plus second antibiotic. Journal   

Rare STI could turn into superbug, doctors warn. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) has similar symptoms to chlamydia but is more resistant to treatment and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women and, ultimately, infertility. News

Yet more evidence that viruses may cause Alzheimer’s disease. News | Journal

‘Dumb luck’ discovery could unlock treatment for Zika virus, Alberta researchers say. News

Could a single vaccine prevent multiple diseases spread by mosquitoes? News

A well-known animal health drug could stop outbreaks of malaria and Zika virus: Medicines given to household pets to kill fleas and ticks might be effective for preventing outbreaks of malaria, Zika fever and other dangerous insect-borne diseases. News

Nine countries will eliminate hep C by 2030. Why not Canada? Op Ed

Booklet on childhood fever reduces antibiotic prescriptions if used. News  

E. coli water sampling underway around Thunder Bay district. News  

Syphilis making a big comeback in Japan as cases hit record levels. News   

Pigs may be a host for Ebola virus. News

Study details neuro, psychological problems in Ebola survivors. News | Journal

WHO videos to engage attendees in understanding the 5 Moments: YouTube

USA: More than 200 people are sick from a parasite discovered in Del Monte vegetables. News

How to start a lab when funds are tight. Feature

Causes and incidence of community-acquired serious infections among young children in south Asia Causes and incidence of community-acquired serious infections among young children in south Asia (ANISA): an observational cohort study. Journal

UK: Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears. News  

HIV vaccine human trials leave scientists ‘cautiously pleased’: Researchers urge cautious optimism as experimental treatment moves on to next stage of testing. News


Infection Control News: July 2-6, 2018Jul062018

Does a full hospital mean higher infection risk? – A new study finds the opposite to be true. News | Journal

Finally, there’s a way to keep syphilis growing in the lab. News

A century-old cure may help ward off superbugs, the ‘global climate change of health’. News

First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance. News

Five steps to significantly reduce a patients’ risk of UTIs: It’s a good time to go back to basics and remind ourselves of the simple ways we can encourage people to help prevent UTIs. Opinion

How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not. News

Researchers create popular institution-specific antibiotic app. News

Hepatitis B: $20 blood test could help diagnose patients across Africa. News

Lifelong CMV infection improves immune defense in old mice by broadening the mobilized TCR repertoire against third-party infection. Journal

Climate change drives disease-spreading arthropods into new territory. News

A shortcut to testing for Ebola. News  

Health officials warn of measles scare at Vancouver International Airport. News   

Ebola outbreak ‘contained’ as lessons of 2014, trial vaccines avert global panic. News  

Risk of miscarriage in mothers infected with Zika higher than previously thought. News

Extra Dose of Vitamin C Based on a Daily Supplementation Shortens the Common Cold: A Meta-Analysis of 9 Randomized Controlled Trials. Review article