infections

Hospital-Acquired Infections
4:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Early-Stage Wash U Vaccine Could Prevent The Most Common Hospital Infection

In hospital patients, a plastic tube called a catheter can be inserted into the bladder through the urethra, to empty the bladder of urine.
Credit A.D.A.M via the National Institutes of Health

Researchers at Washington University have developed a new vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections caused by catheters. This type of infection is the most common of all infections that patients can get during a hospital stay.

The vaccine is still in its very early stages and has only been tested on mice.

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Disease Outbreak
5:04 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Wash Your Hands, People!

Thorough hand washing with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of shigellosis.
Credit U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Saint Louis County is seeing an unusual spike in a bacterial disease that affects children in daycare centers.

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.

Dr. Faisal Khan, the St. Louis County Department of Health's director of communicable disease control, said the disease has obvious symptoms.

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Antibiotic Resistance
4:59 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Soil may be a source of antibiotic resistance

Scanning electron micrograph of the Pseudomonas bacteria.
(Courtesy of the Research Center for Auditory and Vestibular Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, supported by National Institutes of Health NIDCD Grant no. P30DC04665)

Soil bacteria may be helping to make disease-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

That’s according to a new study out of Washington University.

Lead researcher, microbiologist Gautam Dantas, 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.

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Health - Illinois
10:41 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Information about surgical infections at Illinois hospitals now online

The public can now compare surgical infection rates at Illinois hospitals using an interactive map.
(Illinois Department of Health)

For the first time, the Illinois Department of Health is making information about surgical infections in Illinois hospitals available to the public.

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