Infection Control News: February 04-08, 2019Feb112019

Long-running Ebola outbreak is now an international health emergency, say experts. News

Lawmakers mull proposal to end religious exemptions for measles shots in New York State. News 

Ottawa’s new medical officer tables stay-the-course 2019 budget. News

Los Angeles is dealing with a deadly, flea-borne typhus outbreak. News

Over 109,000 people died from measles in 2017 — needlessly. News

The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed one new Ebola infection in Katwa and reported 2 new deaths from Katwa and Butembo. Also 2 more infections were reported in healthcare workers, according to a weekly situation report from the World Health WHO. WHO Situation Report.

Saudi Arabia MH reported 3 more MERS-CoV cases, 2 of them linked to ongoing outbreak activity in Wadi ad-Dawasir. Over the past several days, 12 Middle MERS-CoV cases have been reported involving secondary healthcare & household related exposure. Report

Sweden reported a rare human influenza H1N2 infection, which appears to be a reassortant of the seasonal influenza A strains 2009 H1N1 and H3N2. The CDC said the health risk is likely similar to other seasonal flu viruses. Report

The WHO said flu activity has slowed slightly in North America, but picked up in Europe and North Africa. Report

A new research review found school HPV vaccinations programs led to a big drop in pre-cancerous cervical cells. Learn more in this video from Global news. Video


Infection Control News: January 28-February 01, 2019Feb042019

Washington Declares Emergency For Measles Outbreak. News

Ebola patients stranded by violence in Democratic Republic of Congo. News  

Flu viruses resistant to new drug Xofluza uncovered in Japan. News  

From Africa to America, lack of public trust makes disease outbreaks worse. News  

Planet You: The mysterious world of the microbiome. CBC radio 

What Does This Ancient Skull From Tennessee Tell Archaeologists About The Evolution of Syphilis?  News

Opposing reactions in coenzyme A metabolism sensitize Mycobacterium tuberculosis to enzyme inhibition: Study

Mould causing housing crisis for First Nations across Canada. A community declaration listed mould, structural issues and a lack of funds for routine maintenance as the causes of health problems including invasive bacterial diseases and lung infections. News


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.