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U.K. imposes Ebola travel ban

All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned British nationals.

Natural proteins kill hospital ‘superbugs’

Belfast - Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. Researchers have developed an innovative antibacterial gel that can break down the thick jelly-like coating (biofilms) which cover bacteria.

MRSA control measures in hospitals are not working

MRSA "superbug" control measures "lack evidence" that they are effective at reducing hospital acquired infections. This is according to a new report published in The Lancet.

CDC bird flu contamination caused by man rushing to a meeting

Atlanta - New evidence suggests that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

Bacterial meningitis incidence falls in the U.S.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the U.S. A new report has revealed a significant drop in prevalence and mortality following the introduction of new treatments.

Salmonella outbreak in England

An outbreak of salmonella in England has affected 156 people in Hampshire, London, West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. The bacterial contamination has been linked to cases in France and Austria.

Method to track infections in pigs

The latest genetic sequencing technologies have been utilized to develop new methods to identify genes which are important for the survival of bacterial infections in pigs. This is seen as an important step for reducing infection in livestock.

New cling-wrap treatment for burns

Novel, ultrathin coatings called nanosheets have been produced to protect burns from bacterial infections. The sheets cling to the body’s most difficult-to-protect contours and prevent infection.

Use of antibiotics for colds leaps by one-third in 12 years

London - There are fears that national guidelines in the U.K. to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in primary care have failed dramatically in relation to treatment of the common cold, according to a new study.

Is the full impact of Ebola yet to be felt?

Weak state capacity and poor public health infrastructure will hamper efforts to contain the escalating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a new report.

Second experimental Ebola drug gains approval

Washington - Following the use of the experimental Ebola treatment drug ZMapp on two U.S. aid workers in Liberia, the U.S. FDA has partially approved a second medication. The drug, TKM-Ebola, has been approved from the next phase of clinical trials.

Is MERS airborne?

Researchers detect traces of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in the air of a barn housing an infected camel.

U.S. government seeks to increase biosecurity

Washington - After a several incidents leading to laboratory closures and a moratorium on the transfer of dangerous biological agents, U.S. labs are reassessing safety threats.

First Chikungunya case contracted in U.S.

Miami - A Florida man has become the first U.S. resident who has not recently traveled outside the country to be diagnosed with an infection from the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya.

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

New Ebola cases in two African nations

The U.N. health agency has reported about 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The disease, among the deadliest in the world, continues to spread across West Africa.

Antibiotic resistance of foodborne germs rises

Atlanta - According to the U.S. CDC, antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains an ongoing public health threat. The Agency has published information about the latest trends.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever case in the U.K.

London - There has been a laboratory-confirmed case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF )in a U.K. traveler who was bitten by a tick while on holiday in Bulgaria.

Leptospirosis associated with triathlon event

U.K. health authorities have reported on 2 confirmed and 1 possible case of leptospirosis associated with a weekend of triathlon events which took place at the Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Activity Centre, in the New Forest.

Protecting good bacteria from antibiotics

Antibiotics kill pathogenic bacteria. However, they can also kill beneficial bacteria and upset the human body, especially in the gut. Scientists have developed a way to help protect ‘good’ bacteria from antibiotics.

Tracking chikungunya virus across the globe

Paris - As chikungunya virus spreads across the Caribbean, scientists are attempting to work out the virus’s next steps and understand its partnership with mosquitoes.

FDA approves new antibiotic

Washington - A second new drug to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new fast-track incentive program.

CDC anthrax researcher is reassigned

Atlanta - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes its first disciplinary action in the wake of the biosecurity oversight that potentially exposed 75 agency scientists to anthrax. The head of the laboratory has been "reassigned."

What is being done about antibiotic resistance? Special

London Colney - Humans face the very real risk of a future without antibiotics. The implications of this are that life expectancy could fall due to people dying from diseases that are readily treatable today. This is the warning issued in a new paper by Tim Sandle.

E. coli evolves antibiotic tolerance

Jerusalem - Subject to repeated exposure to the antibiotic ampicillin, populations of Escherichia coli quickly evolve tolerance for the drug, springing back to life once antibiotic treatment has stopped, according to a new study.

Risks from hospital visits rise across Europe

The safety of patients receiving healthcare, including the probability of contracting healthcare-associated infections, is a serious concern for the European Union and numbers of cases are rising according to a new report.

Blacklegged tick carries many pathogens

Those unfortunate enough to be bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time.

Dengue fever cases increase in Florida

Miami - The Florida Department of Health recently announced that 24 cases of dengue fever have been reported. All 24 patients had recently traveled to the Caribbean or South America, acquiring the virus abroad and returning home to Florida.

Tips for checking for signs of bedbugs Special

The U.S. is experiencing an alarming increase in the number of bedbug populations. This affects private residences, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools. To help manage this, dermatologist Seemal R. Desai, MD offers some tips.

Two new antibiotics developed

Reversing the long period where no new antibiotics have been developed, two new drugs could be available within a matter of months.
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A PIC line was put in my left arm to infuse antibiotics over the next six weeks at home.
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This photomicrograph depicts Cryptococcus
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Prosthesis removed from my left knee for a revision after 14 years.
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Front cover of 'Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting Cleanrooms’ by Tim Sandle

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