Hepatitis A Outbreak in West Virginia, 2018

West Virginia has had 98 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection so far in 2018 (Figure 1). This increase in cases has primarily been among injection and non-injection drug users, homeless individuals, those who have been recently incarcerated, and individuals co-infected with hepatitis C. HAV is a RNA picornavirus which can produce either … More Hepatitis A Outbreak in West Virginia, 2018

The E. coli Romaine Lettuce Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Over the past 2 months, there has been an outbreak of E.coli within the United States, with 149 people infected with this bacteria in 29 states, based on the most updated information from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Moreover, 1 death has now been confirmed in the state of California as a result of … More The E. coli Romaine Lettuce Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Diagnostic Dilemma- Answer to A Sticky Situation

Please review the question in our most recent post: A sticky situation Then check below for answer: The answer is C. Klebsiella species Certain capsular strains of Klebsiella, most commonly K1 and K2 capsular serotypes, result in the formation of hyperviscous mucoid strains of Klebsiella. This mucoid variant tends to be more resistant to complement … More Diagnostic Dilemma- Answer to A Sticky Situation

Journal Club Recap: Doxycycline Prophylaxis for Bacterial STIs

On 3/26/19, Infectious Disease fellow Ahmed Babiker presented a review on the paper by Molina et al published in the Lancet of Infectious Diseases in December 2017 titled “Post-exposure prophylaxis with doxycycline to prevent sexually transmitted infections in men who have sex with men (MSM): an open-label randomised substudy of the ANRS IPERGAY trial”  A … More Journal Club Recap: Doxycycline Prophylaxis for Bacterial STIs

Diagnostic Dilemma: The Great Mimicker

A 46-year-old female with a history of rheumatoid arthritis, on methotrexate therapy, underwent a left total knee arthroplasty 4 years ago, and this recently became infected with MSSA about 1 year ago. The decision was made to have the patient undergo irrigation and debridement of the prosthesis, without removal of her underlying hardware. She was therefore … More Diagnostic Dilemma: The Great Mimicker