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Pathogens

Infection by pathogenic organisms and multidrug-resistant organisms are responsible for causing significant morbidity and mortality in the healthcare setting. Pathogens are transmitted via fomites and reservoirs, including the hands of healthcare workers, medical equipment and devices and other animate and inanimate objects that play a role in cross-contamination.


  • Google Flu Trends is a Powerful Early Warning System for Emergency Departments
    Monitoring Internet search traffic about influenza may prove to be a better way for hospital emergency rooms to prepare for a surge in sick patients compared to waiting for outdated government flu case reports. A report on the value of the Internet search tool for emergency ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Pill May Prevent Serious Foodborne Illness Someday
    Modified probiotics, the beneficial bacteria touted for their role in digestive health, could one day decrease the risk of Listeria infection in people with susceptible immune systems, according to Purdue University research. Arun Bhunia, a professor of food science; Mary ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Confirms New Strategy in Fight Against Infectious Diseases
    New research shows that infectious disease-fighting drugs could be designed to block a pathogen’s entry into cells rather than to kill the bug itself. Historically, medications for infectious diseases have been designed to kill the offending pathogen. This new strategy is ...More
    January 9, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Progress Toward a Genital Herpes Vaccine
    Robert Belshe, MD, led national research on an investigational genital herpes vaccine, which was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. An investigational vaccine protected some women against infection from one of the two types of herpes simplex viruses that cause ...More
    January 5, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Novel Compound to Halt Virus Replication
    A team of scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating. The findings, which are published online in the Journal of Virology, could lead to the development of highly targeted compounds to ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Manipulating the Way Bacteria Communicate Could Have Practical Applications
    By manipulating the way bacteria "talk" to each other, researchers at Texas A&M University have achieved an unprecedented degree of control over the formation and dispersal of biofilms – a finding with potentially significant health and industrial applications, ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Promiscuity of Resistance Plasmid is Unprecedented
    Genetic analysis of an outbreak of drug-resistant infections in one institution shows an unprecedented level of transference of resistance among strains and even species of bacteria. Researchers from the University of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • The Private Nuclear Rooms of Herpesviruses
    Researchers from Princeton University have discovered why, despite being bombarded by many different herpesviruses, infected cells produce only a limited number of those viruses. They report their findings in the current issue of the online journal mBio. Herpes viruses are ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Unique E. coli Protein May Be Not After All
    A bacterial protein recently thought to be a unique mechanism for utilizing iron may not be after all. Researchers from the University of Georgia, the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Utah School of Medicine report ...More
    January 4, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Existence of Brucellosis in Ancient Skeletal Remains
    Two teams of Michigan State University researchers – one working at a medieval burial site in Albania, the other at a DNA lab in East Lansing – have shown how modern science can unlock the mysteries of the past. The scientists are the first to confirm the existence of ...More
    January 3, 2012 Posted in News