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.

Fauci Announces He Is Stepping Down in December 2022

August 22nd 2022, 3:45pm


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


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.

What We’re Reading: CDC Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions; New York DNA Database; Racial Disparities in Monkeypox

August 12th 2022, 2:22pm


The CDC announced it would be loosening recommendations to battle COVID-19 to put more responsibilities on individuals; Mount Sinai Health System has started building a database of patient genetic information; parts of the country see racial disparities in individuals contracting monkeypox.

What We’re Reading: Alzheimer Drug Setback; Rural Health Care Investment; Monkeypox Drug Delivery

August 10th 2022, 3:05pm


Acadia Pharmaceuticals’ pimavanserin (Nuplazid) was not extended by the FDA to include Alzheimer-related psychosis; HHS/Health Resources and Service Administration vow to strengthen rural health care; a new deal has the United States paying $26 million for Siga Technologies’ Tpoxx.

Hepatitis C Reinfection Rates Low After Successful Treatment in People Who Inject Drugs

August 8th 2022, 9:00pm


Treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) with direct-acting antiviral medications was associated with low HCV reinfection rates among patients who inject drugs, although risk for reinfection was highest in the first 24 weeks of treatment and among those with ongoing injecting drug use.

US Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

August 4th 2022, 9:30pm


US cases of monkeypox have risen to 6600, and Thursday's declaration aims to provide enhanced testing, treatment, and vaccine capabilities nationwide.

Mortality Risk of Clostridioides difficile Infection Increased With Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

August 2nd 2022, 6:40pm


Proton pump inhibitor use was cited as the only avoidable risk factor for mortality in patients with Clostridioides difficile infection.

US Monkeypox Cases Number Nearly 3600 as HHS Approves Additional Vaccine

July 27th 2022, 5:52pm


The number of monkeypox cases in the United States is close to 3600, the CDC said this week, and on Wednesday, HHS approved a supplement to the biologics license for a vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic to prevent smallpox and monkeypox.

Reduced Sepsis Mortality Risk Seen With High Nurse Staffing

July 26th 2022, 12:10pm


Each additional hour of care per day provided by registered nurses to Medicare beneficiaries admitted to an acute care hospital with a sepsis diagnosis was associated with a 3% decreased risk of 60-day mortality.

Clostridioides difficile Poses a Challenge in Rural Areas, Patient Says

July 23rd 2022, 6:20pm


Before she finally had successful treatment for her Clostridioides difficile infection in New Haven, Connecticut, Freda Pyles’ family physician in rural Pennsylvania was terrified and frustrated that he could not cure her and other patients.