A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is spread from person-to-person in the KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa from 2011–2014.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) surveillance may improve empiric antimicrobial therapy, since colonizing strains frequently cause infections.
Nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus among hospital personnel is a common cause of hospital acquired infections. Emergence of drug resistant strains especially methicillin-resistant S.
A University of Alberta engineering researcher has developed a new way to treat common surgical masks so they are capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses. His research findings appear in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature Publishing Group.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect more than 2 million patients annually and cost over $4.5 billion. Infection prevention bundles are increasingly being used that include nasal decolonization, and evidence supporting its effectiveness is growing. Although mupirocin (trade names including Bactroban, Centany) is commonly used for nasal decolonization, it may be prudent to consider new nasal antiseptics with which antimicrobial resistance is not an issue [trade names including Nozin (alcohol) and 3M and Clorox (iodine).
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for medical device manufacturers that is intended to mitigate the risk of cross-contamin
Staph bacteria colonize nasal passages through a newly discovered function for a primeval biochemical mechanism. The interior of the nose is a prime dwelling place for some forms of staph. More than one-third of the population has a chronic presence of Staphylococcus aureus in their nostrils and sinuses. From there, it can get onto the hands and other skin areas.
When you were a kid, you might have heard a parent or sibling cite the “five-second rule” before swooping down on a piece of fugitive salami or a wayward grape.
Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria.
Airports are international travel hubs visited by large numbers of people. London Heathrow, for example, has an average of 205,400 travelers every day and saw 75 million people arriving and departing from all over the world in 2015.