Multi-Drug Resistant E. coli Rampant in Nursing and Long-Term Care Facilities

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors The May 2017 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control contained an eye-opening paper on the incidence of antibiotic resistant pathogens in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. “Prevalence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria among nursing home residents: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” by Sainfer Aliyu et al., selected 12 …

Fact Check: Madagascar Plague

While plague in Madagascar is not unusual, the 2017 Madagascar plague outbreak was one of the most severe in recent history. As serious as this public health threat is, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are trying to calm the hysteria being fueled by exaggerated claims in popular media.

Severe Influenza Season of 2017-2018 is a Somber Reminder of Why Flu is One of the World’s Greatest Public Health Challenges, according to CDC

As of January 27, the CDC reports 16 additional pediatric deaths related to the flu, which brings the total number of pediatric deaths to 53 for the 2017-18 season. Since the flu season typically lasts until March and can go as late as May, it is expected that this number will continue to climb.