Health Security Digest

  • PLOS NTDs

    Market study finds new antibiotics often not widely distributed globally

    19 October 2018

    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

    19 October 2018

    19 OCT -  Helen Branswell

    Epidemiologists working on the world’s latest Ebola outbreak are racing to try to solve a mystery. Why have so many children — some still infants — been infected with the virus?

  • New England Journal of Medicine

    Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid — Are Conjugate Vaccines Arriving Just in Time?

    18 October 2018

    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.

  • Cosmos

    TB came from Europe, but drug-resistant strains are local affairs

    18 October 2018

    18 OCT - Samantha Page

    The killer disease mirrors colonisation, but hard-to-treat versions arise independently.

  • CHS2019 e-news

    18 October 2018

    18 OCT - Apply for a travel bursary, submit an abstract and contribute to the Sydney Statement consultations

  • Eurosurveillance

    Report shows results from new South Korean AMR surveillance system

    18 October 2018

    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.

  • Foreign Policy

    Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis

    18 October 2018

    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 October 2018

    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.

  • ASPI

    Lessons for Australia in US biodefence strategy

    17 October 2018

    17 Oct 2018 -

    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.

  • Mathrubhumi

    India: Noolpuzha health centre arranges free e-auto rides for patients

    17 October 2018

    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.

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