North Korea Has Two Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Nukes And Tuberculosis

By |2019-07-15T14:40:51+00:00July 15th, 2019|

There is a joke in China that the North Korean’s have two weapons of mass destruction: nukes and tuberculosis (TB). And not just TB, but multidrug resistant TB – which knows no boundaries or borders, and is spread person-to-person through the air. The country is also experiencing exceptionally high rates of malaria and hepatitis B. Credit: iStock, Dr_Microbe [...]

Jakarta residents to sue government over severe air pollution

By |2019-07-15T14:22:26+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Tired of breathing in some of the world’s filthiest air, a group of activists and environmentalists in Jakarta has decided to sue the Indonesian government to take action.  Air quality in the south-east Asian metropolis has plunged dramatically in the past month and recorded worse conditions than notoriously polluted cities such as Delhi and Beijing.  Social media users have [...]

Global patterns in monthly activity of influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, and metapneumovirus: a systematic analysis

By |2019-07-15T14:12:12+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Summary Background Influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, and metapneumovirus are the most common viruses associated with acute lower respiratory infections in young children (<5 years) and older people (≥65 years). A global report of the monthly activity of these viruses is needed to inform public health strategies and programmes for their control. Methods [...]

Biocide resistance and transmission of Clostridium difficile spores spiked onto clinical surfaces from an American healthcare facility

By |2019-07-15T14:09:24+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Abstract Clostridium difficile is the primary cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea globally. In unfavourable environments the organism produces highly resistant spores which can survive microbicidal insult. Our previous research determined the ability of C. difficile spores to adhere to clinical surfaces ; finding that spores had marked different hydrophobic properties and adherence ability. Investigation into the [...]

Dangerous bacteria can survive disinfectant, putting patients at risk

By |2019-07-15T13:53:10+00:00July 15th, 2019|

C. difficile has shown antibiotic resistance in people. Now it's shown to be resistant to efforts to destroy it on surfaces by cleaning. By Erika Edwards Dangerous bacteria that pose a particular threat to the elderly and very sick hospital patients have been shown to survive on disposable hospital gowns and stainless steel surfaces — even [...]

Novel antibiotics effective against gram-positive and -negative multi-resistant bacteria with limited resistance

By |2019-07-15T13:46:58+00:00July 15th, 2019|

  Abstract Antibiotics are a medical wonder, but an increasing frequency of resistance among most human pathogens is rendering them ineffective. If this trend continues, the consequences for public health and for the general community could be catastrophic. The current clinical pipeline, however, is very limited and is dominated by derivatives of established classes, the [...]

Delays in Coccidioidomycosis Diagnosis and Associated Healthcare Utilization, Tucson, Arizona, USA

By |2019-07-15T13:36:27+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Abstract Tucson, Arizona, USA, is a highly coccidioidomycosis-endemic area. We conducted a retrospective review of 815 patients in Tucson over 2.7 years. Of 276 patients with coccidioidomycosis, 246 had a delay in diagnosis; median delay was 23 days. Diagnosis delay was associated with coccidioidomycosis-related costs totaling $589,053 and included extensive antibacterial drug use. Coccidioidomycosis, also [...]

Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province

By |2019-07-15T12:58:02+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record. UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate 67,000 children in Ituri province. They’re just a small fraction of the 400,000 people displaced [...]

DRC to stick with just 1 vaccine in Ebola outbreak

By |2019-07-15T12:51:11+00:00July 15th, 2019|

Yesterday the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said that ministry of health and government officials have agreed that Merck's rVSV-ZEBOV is the only vaccine that will be used during the current, ever-growing Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. "Due to the lack of sufficient scientific evidence on the efficacy and safety of [...]