Preparation for Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes will be Critical

The Department of Health and Human Services declaration that the impending landfall of Hurricane Michael on Florida’s panhandle poses a public health emergency is one of a series of steps that will be critical to addressing the medical needs and infectious disease impacts that accompany catastrophic storms and their aftermaths.

Simple Cleaning Procedure Prevents Therapy Dogs From Spreading Bad Bug MRSA to Children and Adolescents with Cancer, Study Shows

Therapy dogs help ease stress in young patients with cancer, but can spread methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), putting vulnerable kids at risk for a serious infection. Cleaning the dogs with special antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces MRSA carriage and helps keep the kids safe, suggests a first-of-its-kind study presented at IDWeek 2018.

Outpatient Antibiotic Overprescribing Rampant Nearly Half Written without Infection Diagnosis, Suggests Study of 500,000-plus Prescriptions

Clinicians prescribed antibiotics without an infection-related diagnosis nearly half of the time and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study, which is the first to look at overall outpatient antibiotic prescribing, analyzed more than half a million prescriptions from 514 outpatient clinics.

Antiretroviral Therapy with Efavirenz in HIV-Positive Pregnant Women Likely Increases Risk of Neurological Condition in Children

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a vital treatment that helps prevent a pregnant woman from passing HIV to her baby, but one type of ART medication may increase the risk the child will develop a neurological condition, according to new research being presented at IDWeek 2018.

At-Risk Teens and Young Adults Overlooked During Opioid Crisis Too Few Tested for Hepatitis C, Research Suggests

Teens and young adults who have injected drugs are at risk for contracting hepatitis C, but most aren’t tested and therefore don’t receive life-saving treatment, according to a national study being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study of more than 250,000 at-risk youth found only one-third of those with diagnosed opioid use disorder (OUD) were tested for hepatitis C.

Leading Infectious Diseases Experts Honored at IDWeek 2018 for Outstanding Work in Patient Care, Research, Public Health and Education

Among the nine exceptional individuals being honored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the IDSA Foundation at IDWeek 2018 in San Francisco, Richard Whitley is the recipient of the Alexander Fleming Award for lifetime achievement.

Cynthia Sears, MD, FIDSA, Named IDSA President

IDSA is pleased to welcome Dr. Sears along with four new members to the Board of Directors to continue to elevate the field of ID.

IDSA Expresses Concern over Palmetto GBA final LCD for Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests for Respiratory Viral Panels

Medicare A/B Contractor Palmetto GBA recently finalized its draft local coverage determination (LCD) for Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests for Respiratory Viral Panels (L37713), effective Nov. 12.

United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB Offers Chance to End Global Threat

The United Nations General Assembly’s first high-level meeting on tuberculosis this week opens the opportunity for international collaboration and commitment toward ending the impacts of the world’s leading infectious disease killer.

House PAHPA Reauthorization Sets Agenda for Protecting Public Health

The reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) approved by the House of Representatives today includes measures that are critical to ensure that our nation has the resources and expertise needed to confront, control and combat emerging public health threats.

STD Report Underscores Urgent Public Health and Research Needs

Showing a more than 100 percent increase in the numbers of infants affected by syphilis during the last five years, unprecedented incidence of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and the spread of gonorrhea resistant to multiple treatments, the 2017 STD Surveillance Report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control today represents a call for immediate and responsive action.

IDSA Joins CDC in AMR Challenge

The Infectious Diseases Society of America today joined the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a yearlong challenge to promote and support investments, innovations, and strategies against the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance.