Infection Control News: January 21-25, 2019Jan282019

Genomic Analyses of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases among a Cluster in Arizona Provide Further Evidence of Enterovirus D68 Role. Journal

Gum infection could be linked to Alzheimer’s, study says. News | Journal

Genome-wide association analyses of invasive pneumococcal isolates identify a missense bacterial mutation associated with meningitis Journal

Study measured bacteria in a sample of reusable bags, finding many containing dangerous ones, such as coliform (found in half the bags) and E. coli (found in 12 percent of bags).  News

Genomics can help to monitor cholera: Sequence data from whole genomes let researchers track the spread of strains worldwide. News

Pigeon droppings health risk – should you worry? An infection linked to pigeon droppings was a “contributing factor” in the death of a child at a Glasgow hospital, it has been confirmed. News 

Antibiotics are failing us; CRISPR is our glimmer of hope. News 

This bat species may be the source of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa. News

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Cases in Congo Expected to Double Amid Fears Outbreak Could Cross Borders. News

The Novo Holdings REPAIR Impact Fund, launched to fight antimicrobial resistance, has invested €4.4M in the Danish company MinervaX to help fund the phase I trial of a vaccine that could protect newborn babies from streptococcal infections. News  


Infection Control News: January 14-18, 2019Jan222019

World. Mumbai, India. Leprosy cases spikes in 2018 from prev year. As per data, 10% of the new cases were found in children, a sign of the diseases actively spreading. News.

Canada sending emergency management expert to help fight Ebola in West Africa. News.

USA. A research consortium has begun enrolling patients in a clinical trial to determine whether fecal microbiota transplantation delivered by enema is a safe and effective treatment for recurrent C difficile infection. News.

USA. Emergence of Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi Infections Among Travelers from Pakistan. Since 2016, 5 children in the US have been diagnosed with the disease from Pakistan, where a large ongoing typhoid outbreak has sickened 5,300 people. Report.

Even if this flu season appears to be less severe than last yr, an article from CBC remind us to get the flu vaccine. Most of the diagnosed strains have been H3N2 & H1N1. We haven’t seen much of the B strains yet & we are only half way through flu season. News.

A 1y prospective study following children ages 4 to 8 y looks at the differences between uncomplicated URIs and those that precede sinusitis. Children with sinusitis have more frequent URIs & are more likely RSV +. Study

Study. Patients with indwelling urinary catheters, a history of recurrent urinary tract infections or recent antimicrobial use are at a higher risk for community-acquired ESBL UTIs, according to researchers. Study.

Infants born from mothers with severe influenza requiring ICU care were at risk of several adverse health outcomes like; born younger than 37wks, have low birth weight & have Apgar scores of 6 or lower at 5 min. Study.

Study. A large retrospective study of family physicians in Canada has found that prolonged antibiotic treatments are common, especially among physicians in the later stages of their career. Study.



Infection Control News: January 7-11, 2019Jan142019

Accelerating the elimination of viral hepatitis. The Lancet

This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it? News   

Scientists develop universal Ebola treatment effective in single dose. News  

New virus similar to Ebola found in China. News  

Marburg virus, a cousin to Ebola, has been found in bats in West Africa. News  

A Virus Even More Dangerous Than Zika to Pregnant Women. News  

Particularly brutal flu season sees 24 Canadians die. CBC video

Another tough flu season hits Canada, affecting children harder. News  

H1N1 is the dominant flu strain around Ontario this flu season. News

Flu cases surging with children and teens most vulnerable. News  

Influenza has killed 3 unvaccinated Sask. preschoolers so far this season: public health officials. News  

U.S. scientists chart maps of world regions of possible origin of Zika virus. News 


Infection Control News: December 31, 2018 to January 4, 2019Jan092019

American doctor being monitored in US after possible exposure to the Ebola virus in Congo. News.

Quebec hospitals overflowing as province hit with widespread flu. News.

In this short video, residents of a small Alberta town recall their deadly brush with 1918’s Spanish flu. Video.

Why you don’t need to fear ticks lurking in your Christmas tree. News.

Prince Rupert boil water advisory: Since Dec. 14, 12,000 residents will have to continue boiling their water or using bottled water. Unacceptable levels of cryptosporidium and giardia were detected in water samples. News.

Flu season is here, but it’s not too late for your shot. News.

Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country’s troubled presidential election, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. News.

Scientists have found the most likely source of Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which is the worst in recorded history. Since 2016 the epidemic has affected a million people and caused 2,770 deaths. News.

Diarrhea was the main symptom from that a man experienced after a stay in Kuwait. This report described the man’s symptoms, work-up and care. Report Report.

A study has found that patients in the community who have indwelling urinary catheters, a history of recurrent UTIs, or recent antimicrobial use are at heightened risk for UTIs caused by ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Study.

17 Albertans with confirmed cases of influenza have died so far this flu season. News.