BEWARE OF PUPPY?

Who can think of a better way to start the new year loved one than a cute puppy? A new year’s resolution to care for something cute?  How about a nice dose of multidrug resistant campylobacter infection? Back in September multiple state departments of heath, the CDC, and USDA-APHIS started investigating a multistate outbreak of … More BEWARE OF PUPPY?

Answer: The Tooth Will Set you Free

Please review the previous post with the case-presentation and image here, then proceed below — The correct answer is A. The ‘teeth-like’ structures mentioned in the question and outlined in the picture above are ‘molar colonies’, created by the organism Actinomyces, which are usually branched, Gram positive rods that are present in the dentition as … More Answer: The Tooth Will Set you Free

New Year- New Diagnostic Dilemma: The Tooth Will Set you Free

An Ob/Gyn colleague calls you regarding a patient of theirs, who is a 45 year old female with a history of Hepatitis C and prior injection drug use who came in for a routine PAP smear. She has an intrauterine device (IUD) in place for contraception, and uses female condoms irregularly for STI prevention. When … More New Year- New Diagnostic Dilemma: The Tooth Will Set you Free

Empiric antibiotics and Catheter Associated UTI

An article by Tanya Babich and colleagues from this week’s Clinical Infectious Diseases describes a study performed Israel looking at outcomes of patients with catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).  This is always a challenging topic because often CAUTIs are reported to national organizations (such as NHSN) for patients that  may have asymptomatic bacteria or … More Empiric antibiotics and Catheter Associated UTI

“One Extra Serving of Bat Please, But Hold the Dressing. I’m On the Paleo Diet”

MMWR recently published a report of two Florida resident’s who got a generous extra portion of protein in their salad back in April 20171. The two Florida residents were consuming a bag of Fresh Express’ Organic Marketside Spring Mix when they happened to come across a dead bat carcass. They promptly contacted the Florida Department … More “One Extra Serving of Bat Please, But Hold the Dressing. I’m On the Paleo Diet”

New FDA Antibiotic Approval- meropenem-vaborbactam

  On August 29th  2017, the FDA approved meropenem-vaborbactam (Vabomere) for adults with complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI). Vabomere is a fixed-dose combination of the carbapenem-class drug known as meropenem, along with the novel beta-lactamase inhibitor, vaborbactam. Vaborbactam is a potent inhibitor of KPC beta-lactamases, as well as other beta-lactamases (specifically CTX-M, SHV, TEM, P99, … More New FDA Antibiotic Approval- meropenem-vaborbactam

Influenza Season 2017-2018

In the United States, influenza viruses circulate seasonally, beginning in October and trailing off in April, with the bulk of infections occurring during the winter months.  Both Influenza A and B viruses can cause an acute respiratory illness. Symptoms of uncomplicated influenza include abrupt-onset fever, headache, and malaise accompanied by respiratory manifestations such as a … More Influenza Season 2017-2018

Flood Related Case 3

Our sympathies go out to the populations affected by the unfortunate climate events in Texas, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Yemen and Niger. In the coming days, it will be important for the medical community and public health officials to stay vigilant to potential infectious disease complications associated with these natural disasters. The next few cases highlight … More Flood Related Case 3