Market study finds new antibiotics often not widely distributed globally
16 OCT - Kållberg et al.
Antibiotics launched since 1999 took awhile to attain fairly wide geographic dispersal and often targeted common conditions rather than antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a study today in PLoS One.
Of 25 new antibiotics reaching the market from 1999 through 2014, only 12 had registered sales in more than 10 countries. Those with the widest geographic availability had sales in more than 70 countries within 10 years, and in 30 countries within 3 years.
An Ebola outbreak presents a new mystery involving children
Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid — Are Conjugate Vaccines Arriving Just in Time?
18 OCT - Andrews et al.
Hyderabad, Pakistan, an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica serovar Typhi, resistant to chloramphenicol, ampicillin, trimethoprim–sulfamethoxazole, fluoroquinolones, and third-generation cephalosporins, was recognized in November 2016 and has now spread to Karachi, home to more than 14 million people. More than 1000 cases have been confirmed by blood culture; since most typhoid cases are treated empirically, however, the true number of cases is probably many times greater. The outbreak is being caused by the H58 clade, a multidrug-resistant haplotype of S. Typhi that is common in Asia and areas of Africa.
TB came from Europe, but drug-resistant strains are local affairs
18 OCT - Samantha Page
The killer disease mirrors colonisation, but hard-to-treat versions arise independently.
18 OCT - Apply for a travel bursary, submit an abstract and contribute to the Sydney Statement consultations
Report shows results from new South Korean AMR surveillance system
18 OCT - Lee et al. via CIDRAP
Scientists from South Korea today published the first year of results from the government's new antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance system, Kor-GLASS, which is modeled after the World Health Organization's Global AMR Surveillance System. The findings, along with a description of how Kor-GLASS was established, appear in Eurosurveillance.
Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis
18 OCT - Laurie Garrett
The world thought it knew how to deal with Ebola outbreaks—but it’s never dealt with one like this before.
Statement on the October 2018 meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
17 OCT - It was the view of the Committee that a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) should not be declared at this time. But the Committee remains deeply concerned by the outbreak and emphasized that response activities need to be intensified and ongoing vigilance is critical. The Committee also noted the very complex security situation.
Lessons for Australia in US biodefence strategy
17 Oct 2018 - John Coyne
Obama administration officials started working on the biodefence strategy in January 2017, drawing on the lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Through its work, the administration recognised that enhanced interagency coordination and the capacity to rapidly develop federal responses to crises was central to success.
India: Noolpuzha health centre arranges free e-auto rides for patients
17 OCT - Sulthan Bathery
Noolpuzha Family Health Centre is grabbing attention of the public by organising free rides for patients to the health centre. An e-auto rickshaw will take the patients to health centre free of cost.