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Infectious Diseases Society of America Announces Move to Ballston Quarter

The Infectious Diseases Society of America announced today that it will be relocating its headquarters to 4040 Wilson Boulevard in the Ballston Quarter area of Arlington, Va., a hub of advanced research learning, technology and science in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Cross-Border Spread of DCR Ebola Outbreak Calls for Immediate, Ongoing Responses

Uganda health officials’ confirmation today of Ebola virus among family members who travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo brings with it the realization of a concern that has been noted since the August 2018 recognition of the current outbreak.

IDSA Foundation Offers $500,000 in Research Grants to Study Possible Connection

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation, with generous support from Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc. and The Benter Foundation is offering five, one-time $100,000 grants to researchers seeking to identify a potential infectious link to the disease.

HHS Fetal Tissue Research Ban Threatens Progress Toward Cure for HIV, Other Life-threatening Diseases

The Department of Health and Human Services’ decision to halt funding for research involving the use of human fetal tissue conducted within the National Institutes of Health imperils quest for cures of HIV other life-threatening diseases.

DISARM Act Provides Framework Needed to Spur Antibiotic R&D, Protect Existing Drugs

The introduction of the Developing an Innovative Strategy for Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms -- DISARM -- Act -- by United States Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) Tuesday represents an essential step toward addressing the growing threat of infections that are increasingly resistant to existing treatments.

Ebola Crisis in DRC Demands Immediate, Ongoing Investments

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province remains uncontrolled despite heroic efforts on the part of international and local responders. The spread of the disease continues to pose imminent risks of cross-border transmission.

House Spending Bill Recognizes Need to Strengthen Health Responses and Research

Once again rejecting proposed cuts to vital domestic and global health programs and research, House appropriators Wednesday approved funding for fiscal year 2020 that demonstrates commitment to tackling critical health challenges and threats at home and abroad.

Record Measles Numbers Underscore Urgency of Heightened Vaccine Outreach, Access

The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday that measles cases in the United States have reached numbers unseen since the disease was declared eliminated here in 2000 brings with it the real possibility that measles could again become endemic in this country.

Drug Company Closing Underscores Needs for Swift Federal Action

News today that the antibiotic producer Achaogen has filed for bankruptcy represents the most recent consequence of the steep economic challenges facing antibiotic research and development.

Experts Call for Integrated Opioid, ID Responses

An article published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases calls on the federal government to support coordinated and strengthened responses to the spread of infections associated with the opioid crisis.

Vaccine Avoidance Endangers Individual and Public Health

The Kentucky governor’s decision this week to voice support for the irresponsible practice of deliberately exposing children to chickenpox as an alternative to vaccination is gravely concerning.

Bacteria in Urine Doesn’t Always Indicate Infection

Doctors should think carefully before testing patients for a urinary tract infection (UTI) to avoid over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic treatment, according to updated asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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