What's Next? Another Life Threatening Multi-Drug Resistant Organism Spreads Globally! 11/18/16

In the past number of years, it seems that we have become complacent to expecting the new global threat to arise. Just recently we all coped with how to deal with the effects of the Zika virus. Now, a new multi-drug resistant infection that can cause life- threatening illness in people with cystic fibrosis has spread globally. Mycobacterium abscessus is a species of mycobacteria and can cause severe pneumonia leading to accelerate inflammatory damage to the lungs. It’s extremely difficult to treat with fewer than one in three cases being treated successfully.

Researchers are not sure what delivery mechanism is being utilized by the pathogen to spread globally, but a study lead by the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute suggest that conventional cleaning will not be sufficient to eliminate the pathogen. M. abscessus can transmit through patient to patient contact, contact with contaminated surfaces, and through the air.

Doctors that are responsible for treating this infection are worried because M. abscessus can cause very serious infections that are extremely challenging to treat, requiring a combination of treatments with multiple antibiotics for 18 months or longer.  Professor Andres Floto says “The bug initially seems to have entered the patient population from the environment, but we think it has recently evolved to become capable of jumping from patient to patient, getting more virulent as it does so.” To learn more about this study read more here.

Shift Workers Beware of Infections Risk!

In todays age, people are working around the clock, literally. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics roughly 7 million Americans work the night shift. With such a large nocturnal population, people should be aware of the additional susceptibility to the risk of infection. A new study published by the University of Cambridge found that the body clock affected the ability of viruses to replicate and speed between cells.

Infectious Disease Mortality Rates Have Flat Lined Since The 1950s - December 9, 2016

When mentioning the topic of infectious diseases and how they have affected the population over the last century, most people would be surprised to learn that the number of deaths caused by infectious disease is similar today to the number it was 60 years ago. According to a report recently published in the journal of the American Medical Association, infectious disease accounted for 5.4 percent of deaths from

C. diff Infections Cause Patient Cost and Mortality to Double

A recent study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology examined the impact that C. diff infections have on the patient population. Utilizing data from a population-based cohort study among US adults, researchers found that that each year c. diff infections nearly double the patient cost and mortality chances.

Equipping the EVS toolbox September 16, 2016

In the past decade, the number of multi-drug resistant pathogens have increased, yet many environmental service professionals methods of cleaning have remained stagnant. EVS professionals are well aware of the risk of

How to save 37,000 lives over five years.

The White House has backed a plan to fight superbugs — via the tracking of infections, faster tests and new drugs — and has asked Congress for $1.2 billion over five years to implement the program. If successful, the CDCs efforts...
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