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"The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan are our greatest concern."
Washington state now has 18 cases, 10 linked to a nursing home, and 6 deaths.
The risk of being hospitalized within 6 months was more than double in those who had received the most antibiotics.
Over the weekend and through today, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 7 new MERS-CoV cases: 5 in Riyadh, 1 in Taif, and 1 in Mecca. The new cases bring the February case tally to 18 and the March tally to 1.
Withholding antibiotic therapy until diagnosis of bacterial infections (ie, 4 to 8 hours) seems acceptable in patients other than those who may have septic shock or bacterial meningitis and may be a sound antibiotic stewardship approach, according to a meta-analysis of 60 studies published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans
A population-based surveillance study estimates that there were nearly 23,000 cases of candidemia in the United States in 2017, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several state health departments reported today in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Gene sequences from Snohomish County samples suggest there may be a few hundred undetected cases.
Countries reporting their first cases include the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Scotland, and Luxembourg.
Washington state reports the nation's first COVID-19 death, and 2 nursing home cases.
The new cases are in California, Oregon, and Washington state.
As concerns deepen about Iran, the WHO is in the process of sending a mission to the country, with UAE help.
Four health workers who met the criteria for hospital release had positive PCR results 5 to 13 days later.
The CDC has broadened how it determines persons under investigation.
No new cases of Ebola were reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past week, according to an update yesterday from the World Health Organization (WHO), leaving the case count at 3,444. It marks the first time since the outbreak began that no new confirmed cases were reported over a 7-day period.
The World Health Organization (WHO) flu vaccine strain selection committee met this week to assess what strains to include in the 2020-21 Northern Hemisphere flu season and today recommended swapping out three of the strains.
In their report, they recommend replacing egg-based flu vaccine strains:
Outside of China, hot spots include South Korea, Italy, and Iran.
In addition, Vice President Pence appoints AIDS expert Deborah Birx, MD, to coordinate the federal response.
The drugs were linked to a more than 70% increase in the odds of intestinal colonization with resistant bacteria.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a new MERS-CoV case today. This raises the number of MERS cases recorded this month to 12.
Pence, who will lead a response task force, says he will reach out to governors.