Emerging Diseases

Management of <i>Mycobacterium chimaera</i> Outbreak From Heater-Cooler Units

Management of Mycobacterium chimaera Outbreak From Heater-Cooler Units

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There is currently a global outbreak of disseminated Mycobacterium chimaera related to the widely used surgical device LivaNova 3T heater-cooler unit contamination.

CDC Director Says Congo Ebola Outbreak May Be Uncontainable

CDC Director Says Congo Ebola Outbreak May Be Uncontainable

It may not be possible to bring the Ebola outbreak in Congo under control, and the deadly disease may become entrenched in the northeastern part of the country.

10th Child Dies in Adenovirus Outbreak at NJ Facility

10th Child Dies in Adenovirus Outbreak at NJ Facility

A 10th child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, NJ.

Dengue Vaccine Candidate Gets FDA's Priority Review

Dengue Vaccine Candidate Gets FDA's Priority Review

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Two Phase 3 trials conducted in Asia and Latin America assessed the efficacy of the vaccine in >35,000 individuals aged 2 to 16 years.

CDC: First Case of Rat-Borne Andes Virus Diagnosed in the US

CDC: First Case of Rat-Borne Andes Virus Diagnosed in the US

The first confirmed U.S. case of a virus carried by South American rodents occurred earlier this year.

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Global Emergency

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Global Emergency

The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is not yet severe enough to be declared a global emergency.

Patient Develops Acquired Hemophilia After Treatment With Levofloxacin

Patient Develops Acquired Hemophilia After Treatment With Levofloxacin

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A recent report published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice describes the case of a 75-year-old female patient who developed acquired hemophilia following levofloxacin administration.

First Human Case of Rat Strain of Hepatitis E Seen in Hong Kong

First Human Case of Rat Strain of Hepatitis E Seen in Hong Kong

Hepatitis E infection identified in 56-year-old man who had received a liver transplant in May 2017.

Threat of Zika Virus Still Significant in California

Threat of Zika Virus Still Significant in California

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Since 2015, California has seen many travel-related Zika virus cases, and as the population of mosquitos that spread the virus continue to expand across the state, there is a significant risk for new Zika cases.

CDC: Greater Awareness of Valley Fever Needed Nationally

CDC: Greater Awareness of Valley Fever Needed Nationally

Greater nationwide awareness of the fungal infection Valley fever is needed.

Congo Approves Four More Experimental Ebola Therapies

Congo Approves Four More Experimental Ebola Therapies

Four more experimental treatments for Ebola virus have been approved by the Congo health ministry for use in an outbreak of the deadly infectious disease in the country's northeast.

Vaccinations Begin in Congo Ebola Outbreak

Vaccinations Begin in Congo Ebola Outbreak

First to be vaccinated will be health workers, contacts of confirmed Ebola patients

Neurodevelopmental Anomalies, Birth Defects Linked to Zika ID'd

Neurodevelopmental Anomalies, Birth Defects Linked to Zika ID'd

Many children of mothers with evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy do not undergo all recommended evaluations.

Thirteen Confirmed Ebola Cases in Latest Congo Outbreak

Thirteen Confirmed Ebola Cases in Latest Congo Outbreak

The number of confirmed cases in a new Ebola outbreak in Congo has reached 13, including three deaths.

New Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Just a week after being declared Ebola-free, the DRC said that a new outbreak of the deadly virus has killed at least 20 people.

Fidaxomicin Effective for Long-Term Cure of <i>Clostridium difficile</i>

Fidaxomicin Effective for Long-Term Cure of Clostridium difficile

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Fidaxomicin demonstrated the strongest evidence for being the most effective treatment in providing a long-term cure for C difficile infection.

FDA: <i>Vibrio parahaemolyticus</i> Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat From Venezuela

FDA: Vibrio parahaemolyticus Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat From Venezuela

There have been 12 reported cases of people in the United States becoming sick after eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela.

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

Clinicians Warn That Zika Virus May Still Be an Area of Concern for Travelers

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Infectious disease experts from Emory University School of Medicine recommend that patients contemplating travel to Zika-affected areas consult with their care providers regarding travel plans and potential Zika virus testing.

High Rates of <i>Salmonella</i> Contamination Identified in Kratom

High Rates of Salmonella Contamination Identified in Kratom

High rates of Salmonella contamination have been identified in kratom products collected and tested since February 2018.

Individual Blood Donations No Longer Require Testing for Zika Virus

Individual Blood Donations No Longer Require Testing for Zika Virus

Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus.

First Pediatric Outbreak of <i>Mycobacterium abscessus</i> Hand and Foot Disease in the United States

First Pediatric Outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus Hand and Foot Disease in the United States

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Immunocompetent children acquired Mycobacterium abscessus cutaneous infections after exposure to the pathogen in a wading pool.

Fever, Rash, Conjunctival Hyperemia Common Symptoms of Pediatric Zika Virus Infection

Fever, Rash, Conjunctival Hyperemia Common Symptoms of Pediatric Zika Virus Infection

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Symptomatic pediatric patients infected with Zika virus generally have a mild, often nonspecific symptoms not requiring hospitalization.

Fever, Rash, Erythema Seen in Most Puerto Rican Kids Infected With Zika Virus

Fever, Rash, Erythema Seen in Most Puerto Rican Kids Infected With Zika Virus

Most children with Zika virus (ZIKV) infection have fever, rash, and facial or neck erythema.

Platform Manufacturing May Speed Pandemic Vaccine Development

Platform Manufacturing May Speed Pandemic Vaccine Development

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With the advent of platform manufacturing technology, vaccines can be developed quickly to stop the spread of outbreaks.

Single-Dose Ebola Vaccine Durable for 1 to 2 Years

Single-Dose Ebola Vaccine Durable for 1 to 2 Years

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Study provides new data on the durability of the humoral immune response up to 2 years after single-dose injection with rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine in a population of primarily European ancestry, and additional data on durability at 1 year after vaccination in 2 African populations.

Zika Virus RNA Often Identified in Semen of Men With Symptomatic Infection

Zika Virus RNA Often Identified in Semen of Men With Symptomatic Infection

Zika virus RNA is frequently present in the semen of men with symptomatic ZIKV infection and can persist for over 6 months.

Pregnancy May Be Independently Associated With Prolonged Detection of Zika Virus RNA

Pregnancy May Be Independently Associated With Prolonged Detection of Zika Virus RNA

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Pregnant women may have about a 3-fold longer estimated median detection window for Zika virus RNA in serum.

An Effective Zika Vaccine May Eliminate Prenatal Infections

An Effective Zika Vaccine May Eliminate Prenatal Infections

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A vaccine against Zika virus, once available and effectively deployed, may substantially reduce prenatal infections.

A Zika vaccine could virtually eliminate prenatal infections

A Zika virus vaccine shown to be of moderate to high efficacy in eliminating prenatal infections provides 90% coverage.

Rate of Birth Defects in Pregnant Women With Confirmed Zika Virus Infection

Rate of Birth Defects in Pregnant Women With Confirmed Zika Virus Infection

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Researchers estimated this risk among pregnant women with symptomatic Zika virus infection in French territories in the Americas.

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