• Prion Propagates in Foreign Host
    Infectious, oddly-folded proteins that are the main suspects in fatal neurodegenerative diseases such as Cruetzfeldt-Jakob and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow" -- remain mostly a mystery to scientists. Very few prions have been fully described. How they infect ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Soil Particles Found to Boost Prion's Capacity to Infect
    The rogue proteins that cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) exhibit a dramatic increase in their infectious nature when bound to common soil particles, according to a new study. Writing in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens, a group led by University of ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • Doctors Urged to be Alert for Chikungunya Infection
    Fever, arthritis, and other symptoms occurring in people to who have recently traveled to islands in the Indian Ocean may signal infection with an imported virus called "Chikungunya," reports a study in the May/June issue of the journal Medicine, published by Lippincott ...More
    July 9, 2007 Posted in News
  • TB Case in Hindsight
    Don't miss Lawrence Altman's thoughtful analysis of the Andrew Speaker TB case that appears in today's U.S. section of the online edition of The New York Times. Altman acknowledges the three-ring media circus the case generated, and explores infectious disease experts' ...More
    July 6, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Partners Launch Renewed Battle Against Chagas Disease
    GENEVA -- A new effort to eliminate Chagas disease by 2010 has been launched at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting of disease experts and partners. The strategy is designed to answer key questions about the treatment and control of Chagas disease, and to coordinate ...More
    July 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • Tick-Related Disease Thrives on Cholesterol
    People who have high cholesterol levels may be much more susceptible to a particular disease transmitted by the bites of ticks, a new study in mice suggests. Scientists infected mice with Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the bacterium that causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis ...More
    July 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • Just Whistle a Happy Tune for Infection Prevention
    I'd like to give a shout-out to Kris Veenbaas, an infection control practitioner at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, who shared with me a simple way to make learning about infection prevention practices more enjoyable. Kris notes, "Here at Hinsdale we try to make learning ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • We Have a Winner!
    Congratulations to Mary Jo Skiba, RN, CIC, of UHS Hospitals in Johnson City, N.Y. Mary Jo is the winner of a drawing for a free registration to the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, being held Jan. 15-18, 2008 in San Diego. Her winning ticket was ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in Blogs