Infectious Disease

The AJMC® Infectious Disease compendium is a comprehensive resource for news and interviews about the viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that create illness and outbreaks.

Headaches, Mood Disturbances Among Neurologic Complications Linked With Monkeypox

September 21st 2022, 6:40pm

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Rare presentations of encephalitis and transverse myelitis are among neurologic consequences linked with orthopoxviruses of smallpox and monkeypox.

What We’re Reading: Flu Season Warnings; Equity in Monkeypox Vaccine; Climate Change and Health Care Services

September 16th 2022, 2:45pm

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Health experts warn that all should brace for a flu season that could be worse than the past 2 years; the CDC is opening applications to a vaccine equity program that will help those who may have limited access to the monkeypox vaccine; a new report found that health care services will be greatly affected by climate change.

Hospital Dramatically Decreased CDI With 2 Interventions

September 13th 2022, 2:38pm

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Simply adding an admission screening question and a 2-step testing algorithm sharply decreased the number of Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI) in the year after implementing the interventions.

What We’re Reading: Biden Boosts Biotech; 9/11 Program Nearly Depleted; Tpoxx Safe in Monkeypox

September 12th 2022, 2:33pm

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President Joe Biden is set to sign an order to boost biotech as part of his Cancer Moonshot; the health care program for 9/11 survivors and first responders is running short on money; tecovirimat (Tpoxx) has been found to be safe in patients with monkeypox.

Exploring Current Response and Unmet Needs for Monkeypox: A Q&A With David E. Koren, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP, FIDSA

September 12th 2022, 12:43pm

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David E. Koren, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP, FIDSA, infectious disease clinical pharmacist at Temple University Hospital, provides an update on current preventive efforts to address the monkeypox public health emergency in the United States and what steps are needed to protect at-risk populations.

Lower Risk of Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infections Shown Over Past Decade

September 10th 2022, 5:20pm

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A 16% lower adjusted risk in recurrent Clostridioides difficile infections was found in 2018 compared with 2013 across diverse US sites part of the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program.

Dr David Koren on At-Risk Populations, Educational Efforts in Monkeypox

September 9th 2022, 5:40pm

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David E. Koren, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP, FIDSA, infectious disease clinical pharmacist at Temple University Hospital, discussed the risk posed by monkeypox among immunocompromised individuals and men who have sex with men, as well as the need for educational efforts to address misconceptions tied to the disease.

Dr David Koren Discusses Response to the Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

September 2nd 2022, 1:20pm

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David E. Koren, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP, FIDSA, infectious disease clinical pharmacist at Temple University Hospital, speaks on gaps in monkeypox vaccine availability and access and steps to improve response to the public health emergency.

Fauci Announces He Is Stepping Down in December 2022

August 22nd 2022, 3:45pm

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Anthony Fauci, MD, announced Monday he is stepping down in December 2022 from his various positions, including as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “to pursue the next chapter of my career” and that he is not retiring.

Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine Shown by Comparing Women Born in Different Decades

August 19th 2022, 3:00pm

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A cross-sectional study found that human papillomavirus (HPV) had a higher probability of being diagnosed in women born in the 1980s compared with women born in the 1990s.