Source: Price to pay: Antibiotic-resistant infections cost $2 billion a year | CIDRAP
Antibiotic resistance adds nearly $1,400 to the bill for treating a bacterial infection and costs the nation more than $2 billion annually, according to a study yesterday in Health Affairs.
The study, which is the first national estimate of the incremental costs for treating antibiotic-resistant infections, also found that the share of bacterial infections in the United States that were antibiotic resistant more than doubled over 13 years, rising from 5.2% in 2002 to 11% in 2014.
The potential risks associated with “toilet plume” aerosols produced by flush toilets is a subject of continuing study. This review examines the evidence regarding toilet plume bioaerosol generation and infectious disease transmission.
Source: NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search – 20042357 – Lifting the lid on toilet plume aerosol: a literature review with suggestions for future research.
Bob Creek knew something was wrong when a minor wound from a backyard tumble had not healed after six weeks.
Source: Experts warn of growing risk of ‘killer dirt’ disease
New viruses had all the building blocks of the human virus, and lab exeriments found that some are equipped with the same capacity to enter human cells.
Source: Bat cave study finds new clues about SARS virus origin
Disease Outbreak News Plague Madagascar
Source: Plague – Madagascar
While the declining trend in new plague case reports and reduction in hospitalizations due to plague is encouraging, WHO expects more cases of plague to be reported from Madagascar until the typical plague season ends in April 2018. Sustaining ongoing operations, including active case finding and treatment, comprehensive contact identification, follow-up and antibiotic treatment, rodent and flea control, and safe and dignified burials is crucial during the outbreak and through the plague season as it is critical to minimize bubonic plague infections and human-to-human transmission of pneumonic plague.Based on available information and response measures implemented to date, WHO estimates the risk of potential further spread of the plague outbreak at national level remains high.
Source: WHO | Plague – Madagascar
Current risk assessmentThe risk assessment is in the process of being reviewed based on the evolving situation. While the current outbreak began with one large epidemiologically linked cluster, cases of pneumonic plague without apparent epidemiologic links have since been detected in regions across Madagascar, including the densely populated cities of Antananarivo in the central highlands and Toamasina on the east coast of Madagascar. Due to the increased risk of further spread and the severe nature of the disease, the overall risk at the national level is considered very high.
Source: Avian Flu Diary: WHO SitRep #7: Plague In Madagascar