Investigators evaluated 135 patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) in a prospective cohort study comparing early switch to oral linezolid to continued treatment with standard parenteral therapy (SPT). Patients with complicated SAB and osteoarticular infection were excluded. Early switch to oral therapy yielded similar outcomes to continued SPT and allowed earlier hospital discharge.
Pregnant women should be tested for infection at first provider visit
October 25, 2018
Cases of congenital syphilis have more than doubled since 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All pregnant women should visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible to be tested for syphilis, but one test may not be enough to catch all cases.
2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2017
October 25, 2018
Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, preliminary data indicate. This number surpasses the previous high level in 2016 and marks the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in sexually transmitted infections.
The authors of a pharmacoeconomic study comparing bezlotoxumab plus oral vancomycin, oral vancomycin alone, and fidaxomicin found that oral vancomycin alone was the most cost-effective regimen to treat the first recurrence of Clostridium difficile infection.
Blood-feeding ticks can transmit a wide variety of pathogens to people, which can result in significant infection and morbidity. During the past 10 years, the incidence of these diseases has increased rapidly, and the geographical regions where they occur has expanded. Recognizing symptoms that often are nonspecific and initiating appropriate treatment are critical to patient outcomes.
Excluding Hawaii, eosinophilic meningitis due to the rat lungworm rarely is encountered in the United States. Ordinarily, the infection is acquired in Asia and the South Pacific, but it also may be acquired in the southern United States.