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The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 6/30/17

Researchers have discovered a new mobile colistin resistance gene (mcr-3), a crowdsourcing campaign has been started with the hopes of finding new antibiotics, and 2 former egg industry executives received jail time for the 2010 Salmonella outbreak.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 6/23/17

Glutamine supplements can suppress the reactivation of herpes in mice and guinea pigs, researchers developed a blood test to identify high risk influenza patients, and supplements from gut bacteria may slow down the aging process.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 6/16/17

A rare genetic mutation may increase your susceptibility to the human rhinovirus, 2 infants contracted Legionnaire's disease after being delivered at home via water birth, and individuals with low levels of vitamin A are at a higher risk of contracting tuberculosis.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 6/9/17

CDC reports on a Salmonella outbreak in 47 states due to contact with live poultry and the WHO releases new recommendations to reduce "last resort" antibiotic use.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 6/2/17

A combination of 3 antibiotics were able to eradicate Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumonia, Ebola virus binds directly to white blood cells to hamper the body's natural defenses, and the risk of intussusception increases with rotavirus vaccination in infants.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 5/26/17

Deforestation is linked to increase in malaria transmissions; Zika virus, dengue, and chikungunya can be transmitted in the same mosquito bite; and, researchers find surgical site infections increase in the summer.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 5/19/17

Scientists discover an enzyme that could destroy HIV, transmission of mosquito-borne diseases occur at a lower temperature than previously thought, and new oral medications have successfully treated patients with hepatitis C virus.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 5/12/17

Anti-vaccination group in Minnesota blamed for the largest measles outbreak in over 2 decades; the first clinical trial underway to investigate the safety of a 3-month vaginal ring in preventing both HIV and unintended pregnancy.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 5/5/17

Zika virus remains in cerebrospinal fluid of infected rhesus monkeys weeks after it cleared from their blood, researchers develop a wound dressing made from the shells of crustaceans, and drug-resistant bacteria can be identified using a mass spectrometer.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 4/28/17

Scientists are using fungi to create new antibiotics, malaria has the potential to resurface in the continental United States, and defense peptides in frog mucus may help to destroy human influenza strains.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 4/21/17

Current CDC/WHO guidelines may not protect water treatment workers from Ebola virus exposure, a purified protein may be used to enhance vaccine effectiveness, and scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found a way to make cells resistant to HIV.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 4/14/17

A common antibiotic may help treat or prevent PTSD, a dual vaccine for yellow fever and rabies is in the works, and researchers find that an individual infected with dengue and West Nile viruses may have an enhanced disease if infected with the Zika virus.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 4/7/17

Find out about the multiple challenges to the immunization supply chains, and how keeping tabs on sewage can help to catch polio outbreaks early.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 3/31/17

Researchers find a way to stop Staphylococcus aureus biofilms from accumulating on implanted medical devices, a smartphone-based diagnostic device has been developed to detect Zika, chikungunya, and dengue, and an implantable drug delivery system is being developed for HIV prevention.

The Handoff: Your Week in Infectious Disease News - 3/24/17

The CDC monitors a Candida auris outbreak in the US, a company in Texas recalls meat due to possible E coli contamination, and a human antibody bound to the Zika virus may help in the development of antiviral medications.

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