Although once thought of almost exclusively as a hospital-acquired condition, Clostridioides difficile has established a presence in the community that means about 10% of incoming patients could be carrying it asymptomatically, a new study finds.
The 2019-2020 flu season is already among us, and it is imperative that those healthcare practitioners on the frontline, particularly in our nation’s emergency departments, have current knowledge of prevention and treatment strategies.
Relative to vancomycin or metronidazole treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection, treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation is associated with a lower risk of bloodstream infection, shorter hospital length of stay, and improved survival.
CDC officials updated an ambitious plan to essentially end the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the next decade. While taking an overall national approach, the plan — part of a collaboration between the CDC and other federal agencies — would target specific geographic areas and at-risk populations.