Infectious Disease

CRE Patient to Sue Endocope Manufacturer

CRE Patient Will Sue Endocope Manufacturer

An 18-year-old student now hospitalized amid UCLA’s “superbug” outbreak will sue the maker of the hard-to-clean medical instruments linked to six other infections and two deaths, the teen’s lawyer said Friday.  Contaminated endoscopes, manufactured by Olympus Corp. of the Americas, were used in nearly 200 procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center between October and January. Hospital…

Ebola Virus

Ebola Survivors Could Pave the Way for Treatments

After successfully treating four Ebola patients last year, Emory University in Atlanta is now leading a government-funded project that will use blood from survivors of the deadly virus to test a novel way of treating infectious disease. Traditional vaccines boost the immune system’s response to infections. The new project will inject people with genetic material,…

Could it Be a Case of Measles?

Have You Ever Seen a Case of Measles?

Measles has been in the news recently because of an ongoing outbreak of the disease linked to Disneyland in California. So far, 102 individuals from 14 states were reported to have measles from January 1 to January 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).     After the measles vaccine was introduced…

Ebola Virus

Too Few Patients for Ebola Drug and Vaccine Testing

On Monday, the first 12 volunteers received an experimental Ebola vaccine in Liberia, launching vaccine trials there. Over the next year or so, scientists hope to inject 27,000 volunteers. The goal is to test two different shots that could protect people from the deadly disease. But the number of Ebola cases is steadily declining across…

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