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Infectious Diseases

Nearly 16% of worldwide deaths each year can be attributed to infectious diseases (Center for Strategic and International Studies). With over 9% of Americans per year reporting being diagnosed or self-diagnosing as having an infectious disease within the past year, accurate and effective treatment is needed to minimize the effects of infectious disease (Kantar Health). Below are articles discussing research findings, studies, breakthroughs and analyses in the field of infectious diseases.

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Refining the Evaluation and Management of Neonatal Herpes Infection

SYNOPSIS: The typical presentation of neonatal herpes infection includes vesicular rash, seizure and/or critical illness. Those infected that did not demonstrate the aforementioned symptoms were younger than two weeks of age and/or displayed increased cell count in their cerebrospinal fluid.


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Water Birth Death

Despite a lack of thorough statistics, home water births seem to be not only increasingly prevalent in both the US and the UK, but also gaining traction in Australia and Europe.


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Out, Damned Spore!

Landelle C, et al. Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with Clostridium difficile spores after caring for patients with C difficile infection. Infection Control and Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(1):10-15.


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Zika Virus Update — What Should Patients Know?

A Harvard Opinion Research Program report from a survey series conducted testing public response to health emergencies in the United States shows that around four in 10 adults in households with someone considering pregnancy or already pregnant are unaware that the Zika virus is transmitted sexually.


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Zika Virus Effects on the Fetus

SYNOPSIS: The Zika virus’s indolence in South American, Central American and Caribbean countries has not prevented concern from flourishing regarding its association with microcephaly and neurological impairment, especially as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil loom large.


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