infections http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Wash Your Hands, People! http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-your-hands-people <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saint Louis County is seeing an unusual spike in a bacterial disease that affects children in daycare centers.</span></p><p>The county has received 71 reports of shigellosis since the start of 2014 ― that’s compared to only a couple of cases in the same time period last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Faisal Khan, t</span>he St. Louis County Department of Health's director of communicable disease control, said the disease has obvious symptoms.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:04:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 36766 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash Your Hands, People! Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/soil-may-be-source-antibiotic-resistance <p>Soil bacteria may be helping to make disease-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics.</p><p>That’s according to <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6098/1107.abstract">a new study</a> out of Washington University.</p><p>Lead researcher, microbiologist <a href="http://pathology.wustl.edu/faculty/index.php?user=1427&amp;pageload=indi&amp;passed=&amp;sort=">Gautam Dantas</a>, says he and his colleagues found seven genes in farmland soil bacteria that are identical to genes in human pathogens – and that provide resistance to a wide range of antibiotics.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:59:23 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance Information about surgical infections at Illinois hospitals now online http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/information-about-surgical-infections-illinois-hospitals-now-online <p>For the first time, the <a href="http://www.idph.state.il.us/">Illinois Department of Health</a> is making information about <a href="http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/press11/12.16.11_Hospital_Rept_Card.htm">surgical infections in Illinois hospitals</a> available to the public.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:41:23 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Information about surgical infections at Illinois hospitals now online