Infectious Disease, Bacterial

Jul 1, 2008 Issue
CDC Reports on Antimicrobial-Resistant S. Pneumoniae [Practice Guidelines]

Treatment of invasive pneumococcal disease caused by infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is complicated by antimicrobial resistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed surveillance data of invasive pneumococcal disease and examined the clinical character...

Sep 15, 2007 Issue
CDC Reports on MRSA Infections Among Patients on Dialysis [Practice Guidelines]

Patients on dialysis are particularly susceptible to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that patients on dialysis who have invasive devices or a catheter also are at increased risk.

Aug 15, 2007 Issue
Vibrio vulnificus Infection: Diagnosis and Treatment [Article]

Vibrio vulnificus infection is the leading cause of death related to seafood consumption in the United States. This virulent, gram-negative bacterium causes two distinct syndromes. The first is an overwhelming primary septicemia caused by consuming raw or undercooked seafood, particularly raw oyster...

Feb 15, 2007 Issue
Predicting the Likelihood of Bacterial Meningitis in Children [Point-of-Care Guides]

Although the incidence of bacterial meningitis has dropped with increased immunization against Haemophilus influenzae, meningitis remains a devastating illness. For every child with meningeal signs and symptoms who is diagnosed with bacterial meningitis after lumbar puncture, many more undergo the procedure to rule out the disease.

Aug 1, 2006 Issue
Pertussis: A Disease Affecting All Ages [Article]

Bordetella pertussis is a highly contagious bacterium known to cause pertussis (whooping cough) and is transmitted via airborne droplets. Although childhood vaccination has dramatically reduced reported pertussis cases, the incidence of the disease has increased over the past 20 years, most notably ...

Jul 15, 2006 Issue
CDC Releases Guidelines on Antimicrobial Agents for the Treatment and Postexposure Prophylaxis of Pertussis [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on antimicrobial agents for the treatment and postexposure prophylaxis of pertussis.

May 15, 2006 Issue
Diagnosis and Treatment of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Infections [Article]

The most common site of Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection is the urogenital tract. Men with this infection may experience dysuria with penile discharge, and women may have mild vaginal mucopurulent discharge, severe pelvic pain, or no symptoms. Other N. gonorrhoeae infections include anorectal, conjun...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis Infection [Article]

Chlamydia trachomatis infection most commonly affects the urogenital tract. In men, the infection usually is symptomatic, with dysuria and a discharge from the penis. Untreated chlamydial infection in men can spread to the epididymis. Most women with chlamydial infection have minimal or no symptoms,...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Guidelines Released for Investigation of Potential Contact with Infectious Tuberculosis [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) have released guidelines for investigation of exposure and transmission of tuberculosis and prevention of future infections through contact investigations.

Mar 15, 2006 Issue
Red Streaks on the Leg [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

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