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June 25, 2019

Hospital Insects Harbour Drug-Resistant Bacteria 

More than 50 percent of bacteria recovered from flying insects in a group of English hospitals were resistant to one or more antibiotics, posing a potential infection risk to patients, according to a new study. The Aston University study collected almost 20,000 insect samples—including houseflies, 'filth flies' such as bluebottles and greenbottles and a variety of 'drain flies' - from seven NHS hospital sites in England.  Read More

Risk for Death After Discharge Increases with Hospital-Acquired MRSA

Researchers found that MRSA bacteremia did not increase the risk for death in hospitalized children compared with methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus Aureus, or MSSA. However, MRSA infections acquired in the hospital were associated with an increased risk for mortality 1 year after discharge. Oren Gordon, MD, PhD, a pediatric infectious disease fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote that two meta-analyses conducted in the early 2000s examined mortality rates of patients with MRSA compared with those with MSSA. However, they wrote that the baseline mortality risk varied considerably in the studies, as did the researchers’ attempts to adjust for potential confounders. Additionally, few pediatric cases were included in these analyses. Read More

Patients of Surgeons with Unprofessional Behavior More Likely to Suffer Complications

Patients of surgeons with higher numbers of reports from co-workers about unprofessional behavior are significantly more likely to experience complications during or after their operations, researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) reported today in JAMA Surgery. "Surgical teams require every team member to perform at their highest level. Read More

Flu Virus Coinfection Occurs More Often Than Previously Thought

A case-control study conducted in southern Brazil described the first case of triple influenza virus infection, and researchers said their findings indicate that “influenza virus coinfections probably occur more often than has been previously documented.” “The clinical implications of coinfections with distinct influenza viruses in the respiratory tract is not well understood,” Ana B. G. Veiga, PhD, from the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil, and colleagues wrote. “Moreover, [influenza A virus] and [influenza B virus] coinfections have been reported only occasionally. The factors that are responsible for mixed influenza virus infection have not been determined; they can be associated with the host’s immune system, virus properties, and other factors.”  Read More