Infectious Diseases

Contact isolation versus standard precautions to decrease acquisition of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacterales in non-critical care wards: a cluster-randomised crossover trial – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

 

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21 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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20 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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19 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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18 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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“From today, WHO will report all #COVID19 confirmed cases, including laboratory-confirmed as previously reported, and clinically diagnosed cases (currently only applicable to Hubei province, China)” (via @WHO see Tweet)

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17 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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14 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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“So this increase that you’ve all seen in the last 24 hours is largely down to a change in how cases are being diagnosed and reported.

So, in other words, in Hubei province only, a trained medical professional can now classify a suspected case of COVID-19 as a clinically-confirmed case on the basis of chest imaging, rather than having to have a laboratory confirmation.”

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13 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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12 February 2020 Edition – COVID-19/ SARS-CoV-2 Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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COVID-19: WHO Names Disease Caused by the Novel Coronavirus:

“…we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”

SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2): International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses Designates the Virus Itself:

“It’s official: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (#SARSCoV2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (#COVID19)” (via @TheLancetInfDis see Tweet)

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11 February 2020 Edition – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

See also: WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 10 February 2020 (free PDF)

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10 February 2020 Edition – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Latest Articles, Guidelines, News & Perspectives.

 

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Antimicrobial stewardship failure: time for a new model – Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (free)

 

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Empirical Anti-MRSA vs Standard Antibiotic Therapy and Risk of 30-Day Mortality in Patients Hospitalized for Pneumonia – JAMA Internal Medicine (free for a limited period)

Editorial: Overuse of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics for Pneumonia (free for a limited period)

 

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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Ceftriaxone and Doxycycline, with or Without Metronidazole, for the Treatment of Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – Clinical Infectious Diseases (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

 

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Diabetes and TB—A Complicating Combo

16 Feb, 2020 | 20:59h | UTC

Leg ulcer infection: antimicrobial prescribing – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (free)

Related: NICE Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines (resource covering many common conditions) AND NICE Summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance – managing common infections (free PDF)

 

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WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 5 February 2020 – World Health Organization (free PDF)

See also: US$675 million needed for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan – World Health Organization (free) AND The Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for the 2019 novel coronavirus – World Health Organization (free PDF)

 

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Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, United States, 2020 – Annals of Internal Medicine (free)

Commentary: ACIP releases updated vaccination schedule with several changes – ACP Hospitalist (free)

 

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– The New Coronavirus Is a Truly Modern Epidemic – The Atlantic (free)

“New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works—and where it fails.”

– China Pledged to Build a New Hospital in 10 Days. It’s Close. – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“State news outlets reported that the 1,000-bed facility would accept patients from Monday even as construction workers raced to complete it.”

– Coronavirus: Here Are 10 Misconceptions Being Spread – Forbes (free)

– China nCoV surge tops 17,000 as more vaccine support announced – CIDRAP (free)

– We need new forms of governance to better manage our response to pandemics – The BMJ Opinion (free)

 


Updated WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV – World Health Organization (free)

See also: WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 02 FEBRUARY 2020 – World Health Organization (free PDF)

 

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Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China, of Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia – New England Journal of Medicine (free)

See also: WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 29 JANUARY 2020 – World Health Organization (free PDF) AND WHO Reconsiders Public Health Emergency Declaration Over Wuhan Coronavirus – As Cases Skyrocket – Health Policy Watch (free) AND WHO praises China’s response to coronavirus, will reconvene expert committee to assess global threat – STAT (free) AND WHO experts to again weigh nCoV emergency status as more nations affected – CIDRAP (free)

 

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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 27 JANUARY 2020 – World Health Organization (free PDF)

 

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China coronavirus latest: how quickly does the virus spread? – Nature (free)

See also: Coronavirus More Infectious Than Suspected; China Expands Quarantine – Health Policy Watch (free) AND Experts: nCoV spread in China’s cities could trigger global epidemic – CIDRAP (free)

 

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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 25 JANUARY 2020 – World Health Organization (free PDF)

See also: New WHO Open Online Course: Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: methods for detection, prevention, response and control – World Health Organization (free)

 

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Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccines: Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2019 – Centers for disease Control and Prevention (free)

Commentaries: CDC: Tdap Acceptable Alternative to Td Vaccine – NEJM Journal Watch (free) AND ACIP: Updated Recommendations for Tdap Vaccination – MPR (free)

 

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Vaccination of Infants with Meningococcal Group B Vaccine (4CMenB) in England – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Related Study: Meningococcal B Vaccine and Meningococcal Carriage in Adolescents in Australia – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Vaccine prevents deadly meningitis B in infants – Reuters (free)

 

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Severe Flu Management: A Point of View

23 Jan, 2020 | 09:42h | UTC

Global, regional, and national sepsis incidence and mortality, 1990–2017: analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study – The Lancet (free)

Commentaries: A global accounting of sepsis – The Lancet (free) AND Sepsis associated with 1 in 5 deaths globally, double previous estimate – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (free)

 

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Urgent health challenges for the next decade – World Health Organization (free)

Commentary: ‘No shortcuts to a healthier world’: WHO chief sets out health priorities for the decade – UN News (free)

 

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You Are Unvaccinated and Got Sick. These Are Your Odds. – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“Comparing the dangerous effects of three diseases with the minimal side effects of their corresponding vaccines.”

 


Adverse events in adults with latent tuberculosis infection receiving daily rifampicin or isoniazid: post-hoc safety analysis of two randomised controlled trials – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free registration required)

Commentaries: What is the best regimen to treat latent tuberculosis infection? – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free) AND Four Months of Rifampicin May Be Best Option for Latent TB – Medscape / Reuters (free registration required)

 

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Global burden of cancer attributable to infections in 2018: a worldwide incidence analysis – The Lancet Global Health (free)

 

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WHO World malaria report 2019

6 Dec, 2019 | 10:34h | UTC

World malaria report 2019 – World Health Organization (free PDF)

Summary: World malaria report 2019 – World Health Organization (free)

News Release: More pregnant women and children protected from malaria, but accelerated efforts and funding needed to reinvigorate global response, WHO report shows (free)

 

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The case for mandatory vaccination – Nature (free)

Related Opinion: Mandate Vaccination with Care (free commentaries)

“When immunization rates dip, legislation is often strengthened. But does the evidence stack up?”

 


Evaluating a digital sepsis alert in a London multisite hospital network: a natural experiment using electronic health record data – Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (free)

Commentary: Digital monitoring system helps improve hospital care of sepsis patients – OnMedica (free) AND Sepsis digital alert ‘led to faster treatment with antibiotics’ – BBC (free)

 

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Why is the world losing the fight against history’s most lethal disease? – The Guardian (free)

Opinion piece by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)