FluMist influenza vaccine

CDC vaccine panel brings back FluMist for 2018-19 season

After careful deliberation, experts approved the nasal-spray vaccine 12-2.

Mother holding child's hand in the hospital

CDC: Flu activity still high, deaths in kids climb to 84

The rate of ILI clinic visits drops slightly, but 22 new deaths in kids show the season is not relenting.

Clostridium difficile

New C diff guidelines incorporate fecal transplant

IDSA/SHEA guidelines recommend fecal microbiota transplantation for patients with multiple recurrences.

Flu shot

US study finds 36% flu vaccine protection, 25% against H3N2

Protection is 36% overall, 25% against H3N2, 67% against H1N1, and 42% against flu B.

Brown hen

High-path H9N2 infects Ghana poultry, raising concern

H9N2 avian flu typically circulates in birds as a low-pathogenic strain.

African surgery

Poor nations have higher risk of surgical infections, including resistant ones

Low-income nations have a 60% higher risk of infection.


University of Minnesota, Mayo building aerial view

Jan 11, 2018
Second cohort of undergraduate students has completed CIDRAP’s new Honors Seminar “Battling the Bugs: Anthrax, Ebola, and Everyday Life”.  Created and facilitated by CIDRAP Deputy Director, Jill DeBoer, MPH, the seminar is designed to give students a glimpse into the diverse disciplines involved in infectious disease prevention and control.

Jan 9, 2018
New York Times editorial on
how the world is woefully unprepared and underfunded for the next influenza pandemic, by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. 

Oct 25, 2017
CIDRAP been selected
to work closely with the World Health Organization to develop research and development roadmaps for the creation of medical countermeasures targeting Ebola/Marburg, Nipah, and Lassa viruses.

More Inside CIDRAP


Feb 21, 2018
  • Saudi MERS cases
  • Trump and anti-vaxxers
  • Vaccine against Ebola, Marburg, more
Feb 20, 2018
  • Earlier H3N2 VE problems
  • Kratom Salmonella outbreak
  • More Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • H1N1 flu surge globally
  • H5N6 avian flu in Sweden
  • Gauging airborne flu spread

Stewardship / Resistance Scan

Feb 21, 2018
  • Antibiotic screening method
  • CDC antibiotic stewardship course
  • Diagnostic codes and prescribing


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The Osterholm Quote

"It's just a matter of when and where it starts. The possibility that we could have a 1918-type pandemic again is actually very real."