Bacterial Diseases

CDC: More Than 400 Sickened by McDonald's Salads

August 14, 2018

Most of the cases of the parasite infection called Cyclospora have been traced to McDonald's locations in the Midwest, with 219 cases in Illinois alone.

Guidance Provided for Reporting Foodborne Illness

July 26, 2018

These conditions are updated annually by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, with recommendations from the CDC. Often, until laboratory tests are completed, diagnoses remain unconfirmed.

<i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad

July 19, 2018

The ingredient in the pasta salad that was contaminated has not been pinpointed. The investigation is continuing.

Penicillin Allergy Linked to MRSA, <i>C. Difficile</i> Risk

June 29, 2018

Also among patients with penicillin allergy, the adjusted incidence rate ratios for antibiotic use were 4.15, 3.89, and 2.1 for macrolides, clindamycin, and fluoroquinolones, respectively. Increased use of β-lactam alternative antibiotics accounted for 55 and 35% of the increased risk of MRSA and C. difficile, respectively.

Florida Teen First Human Case of Another Mosquito-Borne Virus

June 21, 2018

"This virus is part of a group commonly known as the California serogroup of viruses," first author, John Lednicky, PhD. "These viruses are known to cause encephalitis in several species, including humans."

Failures in using personal protective equipment are commonly observed

June 20, 2018

In this qualitative study, active failures in infectious agent transmission precaution practices were observed frequently.

CDC IDs Outbreak Trends Tied to Treated Recreational Water

May 29, 2018

Overall, 24,453 cases were identified in the 363 outbreaks; 89, 4, and 3% were caused by Cryptosporidium, Pseudomonas, and Legionella, respectively.

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Olympics in PyeongChang

By February 07, 2018

Around 1,200 security workers at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang are being kept in their rooms due to a norovirus outbreak that has already sickened 41 people.

Conspiracy Beliefs and Anti-Vaccination Attitudes: What's the Link?

By February 07, 2018

Incidences of measles, mumps and pertussis have increased in the U.S. for the first time in a century (WHO, 2017). To identify the 'attitude roots' of vaccine rejection, a survey was issued online and completed by 5,323 usable participants in 24 different countries.

Fatal Infection Linked to Medical Marijuana

February 16, 2017

Researchers had DNA analysis conducted to identify the fungi and bacteria contained in the samples.

Generic Approval Increases Availability of Antibiotic Used for Serious Infections

By December 05, 2016

Fresenius Kabi announced the availability of Tigecycline for Injection, a generic version of Pfizer's Tygacil, in single-dose vials containing 50mg of tigecycline.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Water System Hospitalizes Thousands in the U.S.

September 26, 2016

The thousands of miles of aging, corroding pipes that bring water to Americans each day may be home to drug-resistant bacteria, according to a report published online September 12 in the Journal of Public Health Policy.

Donor vs. Autologous Fecal Microbiota Transplant Assessed for <i>C. difficile</i> Infection

August 24, 2016

For patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), donor fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is safe and more efficacious than autologous FMT, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Study Examines Longevity of Viruses on Children's Toys

July 08, 2016

Toys help spread the flu and other viruses because germs can survive on plastic surfaces for 24 hours or more, according to a study published recently in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Contaminated Gloves May Be Spreading Bacteria in Hospitals

By June 20, 2016

Bacteria on healthcare workers' gloves can contaminate hospital surfaces and lead to the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), a new research paper has found.

Lannett Approved for Neomycin Sulfate Tabs

By June 15, 2016

Lannett announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Neomycin Sulfate Tablets, the generic version of Teva's listed reference drug.

Zinplava Gets FDA Committee Nod for Prevention of CDI Recurrence

By June 10, 2016

Merck announced that the Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 10-5 recommending the approval of Zinplava (bezlotoxumab) for the prevention of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection recurrence.

Treating Cellulitis: Does Obesity Up Cephalexin Failure Rate?

By May 20, 2016

Morbidly obese patients with cellulitis have the same rates of treatment failure with cephalexin as non-obese patients. Those are the findings of a new retrospective study of patients hospitalized or in inpatient observation from January 2005 through February 2015, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital-Rochester, Minnesota.

Which Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Carries the Greatest Risk of Tendinopathy?

By May 09, 2016

Given the widespread use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, clinicians should be aware of factors that may put patients at increased risk for tendinitis or tendon rupture, according to an article published in Pharmacotherapy.

'Clean Hands Count' Campaign Introduced by CDC

May 09, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced a new campaign, "Clean Hands Count," to encourage health care professionals, patients, and patients' families to keep their hands clean in order to prevent health care-associated infections.

Can a Bacteria Help Curb the Spread of Zika Virus?

May 05, 2016

Experiments in mosquitoes suggest that bacteria may help curb the spread of the Zika virus, according to research published online May 4 in Cell Host & Microbe.

Rates of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Estimated in Study

By May 03, 2016

Between 2010-2011, only about 353 out of 506 antibiotic prescriptions per 1000 population were deemed appropriate, a study published in JAMA reported.

Hundreds of Meds Recalled Over Product Sterility Concerns

By April 22, 2016

Concerns over lack of sterility and quality issues has prompted a recall of all sterile products aseptically compounded and packaged by Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals.

New Ready-to-Use Vancomycin Injection Launched

By April 19, 2016

Baxter has launched ready-to-use Vancomycin Injection in 0.9% Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline) in 500mg, 750mg and 1g presentations.