Three hundred fifty-nine patients with pyogenic vertebral osteomyelitis were randomized to 6 weeks vs. 12 weeks of antibiotic treatment in an open-label controlled trial. Six weeks of antibiotics was found to be not inferior to 12 weeks of treatment.
A multi-center, randomized trial comparing patients with complicated intraabdominal infections found no difference in outcomes between those who received 4 days of antibiotic therapy vs. 8 days after adequate source control.
Population-level studies in high-resource countries demonstrated that fluctuations in childhood mortality from all infectious diseases are strongly associated with measles infection. The effect is likely attributable to generalized immunomodulation that follows measles infection, with a duration of two to three years.
In May, 1,296 travel medicine specialists gathered in Quebec City, Canada, for the 14th biannual conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Several of the topics discussed are practically relevant to readers of Infectious Disease Alert, so we offer this Top 10 list of news items.
On May 20, 2015, a 68-year-old Korean man with fever and cough who had returned eight days previously from a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates was found to be infected with MERS coronavirus.