UK: Public Health England (PHE) says recent rise in cases of the winter vomiting seasonal Norovirus is not expected- 16th December 2016:

PHE is reminding people of the importance of practicing good hand hygiene, staying away from places like hospitals and care homes and avoiding preparing food when ill to limit the spread of norovirus - which causes unpleasant, but short lived, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The increase in cases of norovirus that we are seeing at the moment is common for this time of year and is so far not expected compared with the previous 5 years (14% higher than the average for the same period over the last 5 seasons).


UK: Wahaca: Hundres ill due to 'norovirus outbreak'- 3rd November 2016:

More than 300 people have fallen ill following a suspected outbreak of norovirus at the Wahaca restaurant chain, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

The Mexican restaurant chain had shut nine branches because of the infection, and four remain closed.


Europe: Malaria: France, UK, and US report most imported cases; majority from West Africa - 30th October 2016:

An international study, led by the University of Southampton, shows the UK and France experience the highest number of malaria cases imported from other countries.

Research led by WorldPop, based at the University, examined and mapped the movement of the disease from endemic countries (those where malaria is regularly found in the population) to around 40 countries defined as being malaria-free or non-endemic (such as the UK).


Scotland: Scotland reports increases in norovirus - 27th October 2016:

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) has today announced that there has been an increase in levels of norovirus across Scotland.

Latest figures show that NHS Boards are experiencing increased norovirus activity.


N. Ireland: Indian donors prevented from giving blood over malaria fears - 27th September 2016:

More than 150 people have been prevented from giving blood at an event in Belfast aimed at encouraging people from Indian community to donate.

Srikant Ganapati from the Sudarshanam charity said people had taken time off work to attend the event.


UK: Outbreak of drug-resistant gonorrhoea in England: an update - 9th September 2016:

The outbreak of HL-AziR gonorrhoea in England reported in HPR in April persists. According to an update on the situation published in this issue [1], the outbreak – initally reported in Leeds – has spread to the West Midlands and south of England, including London. Initial cases were among heterosexuals but more recent evidence suggests HL-AziR infections are now spreading among men who have sex with men.

There have been 17 cases of HL-AziR gonorrhoea reported to date in 2016 compared to 15 cases for the same time period in 2015. Between November 2014 and August 2016 there have been a total of 48 confirmed and two probable cases.


UK: One in four supermarket chicken samples contain antibiotic-resistant E coli - 5th September 2016:

Cambridge University study finds bacteria in meat sold at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Aldi, Waitrose, the Co-op and Morrisons.

One in four samples of chicken bought from major supermarket chains contained antibiotic-resistant E coli in a study by the University of Cambridge.



illumigene® Malaria Receives 1st Place Award at the Journées Internationales de Biologie /Association des Colloques Nationaux des Biologistes Conference in Paris

CINCINNATI, August 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO) was awarded 1st place for innovation in emergency treatment and point-of-care testing for its illumigene® Malaria test at the 2016 JIB/ACNBH Conference. Innovations from worldwide companies contributing to the development of the Medical Biology industry were put under the spotlight at this year’s conference held in Paris, France, and were reviewed by worldwide expert members in the medical biology field.


UK: TV presenter Charlie Webster brought out of Rio malaria coma - 18th August 2016

A television sports presenter who was diagnosed with malaria following a 3,000 charity ride to Rio has been brought out of her medically induced coma, her manager has said...

Charlie Webster, 33, who has worked for Sky and ITV, became unwell after watching the Olympic opening ceremony.


UK: Malaria tests wins prestigious award - 12th August 2016

illumigene® Malaria, a highly accurate malaria test has won the Journées Internationales de Biologie prize for innovation in emergency treatment and point of care testing.

The malaria test, developed by Meridian Bioscience, is up to 80,000 times more sensitive at detection of the malaria parasite than conventional tests, with results available in less than an hour.


Ireland: Irish beef re-called in France due to E.coli contamination - 8th August 2016

What is undersood to be a small amount of Irish beef, in the form of frozen minced meat, has been recalled in France after it was found that the meat was contaminated with E-Coli.

It is understood that the E-Coli was found was found in three batches of beef burgers at French retailer Système U and that 30 stores stocking the products were affected.


UK: Mum calls for Group B Strep tests after baby died- 18th July 2016:

The parents of a one-day-old girl who died from an infection contracted during birth want mothers to know they can be tested for the bug.

Pippa Griffiths died of a Group B Strep (GBS) infection - the biggest cause of meningitis in newborns.


UK: E. coli outbreak: salad may be to blame - 5th July 2016:

An outbreak of E.coli affecting more than 100 UK people could be linked to eating contaminated mixed salad leaves, public health officials say.

To date, 109 people are known to have caught the bug - 102 in England, six in Wales and one in Scotland.


UK: Global antibiotics 'revolution' needed - 5th July 2016:

New STI figures show continued increases among gay men.

New sexually transmitted infection figures show continued increases among gay men and sustained high rates in young people.


UK: Global antibiotics 'revolution' needed - 19th May 2016:

A global revolution in the use of antimicrobials is needed, according to a government backed report.

Lord Jim O'Neill, who led the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, said a campaign was needed to stop people treating antibiotics like sweets.


Meridian Bioscience, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance for New Molecular Test for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae - 15th June 2016:

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance for New Molecular Test for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumonia

CINCINNATI, June 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that it has received FDA clearance for the new molecular diagnostic test for Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumoniae) . The new and improved illumigene Mycoplasma Direct assay launched earlier this year in Europe, features a simplified 3-step procedure. The new procedure will significantly expand Meridian’s customer base by eliminating the need for specialized techniques and training, as well as providing definitive results in less than one hour.


Meridian Bioscience Launches New Molecular Test for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae - 27th April 2016:

CINCINNATI, April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that it has received the CE Mark for a new molecular diagnostic test for Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumoniae). The new and improved illumigene Mycoplasma Direct assay features a simplified procedure compared to the existing illumigene Mycoplasma product. The new procedure will significantly expand Meridian’s customer base by eliminating the need for specialized techniques and training, as well as providing definitive results in less than one hour.


France: Paludisme: un diagnostic plus précis et plus rapide pour un traitement plus précoce - 25th April 2016:

Paris, le lundi 25 avril 2016 - La Journée mondiale contre le paludisme, célébrée tous les 25 avril, est l'occasion de renforcer la sensibilisation sur cette infection parasitaire (la plus mortelle au monde), mais aussi de mettre en lumière les efforts et les progrès accomplis dans la lutte contre ce fléau. Il faut notamment souligner que depuis les années 2000, les mesures de prévention, de diagnostic et de traitement ont permis une diminution de près de 50 % de la mortalité.


illumigene® Malaria, un nouveau test de dépistage du paludisme:

Meridian Bioscience aujourd’hui avoir reçu le marquage CE pour illumigene Malaria, un nouveau test très précis mis au point par Meridian avec l’aide technique des centres de contrôle et prévention des pathologies et de l’université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar au Sénégal.

Malgré un recul de 60 % des décès liés au paludisme depuis 2000 en raison d’une meilleure prévention et un renforcement des mesures de contrôle, le paludisme reste toujours l’une des trois principales causes de décès chez les enfants dans le monde entier. Il fait une victime toutes les minutes.


Lutte contre le paludisme: L'llumigene-Malaria, l'invention d'un médecin sénégalais:

Le 25 avril est célébrée la journée mondiale de la lutte contre le paludisme. Un médecin sénégalais, le Professeur Daouda Ndiaye, a apporté une contribution significative dans la lutte contre cette pandémie. Sa trouvaille fait des miracles.

Pour compléter la gamme des tests de dépistage du paludisme, le Professeur Ndiaye, titulaire des Universités, a mis en place Illumigene Malaria qui est un diagnostic rapide 400 fois plus précis que les outils de routine. Cette découverte contribuera à l'élimination et éventuellement l'éradication de la pandémie.


Scotland: Hospital bug infecting more patients of working age in Scotland - 08th January 2016:

INFECTIONS with the hospital bug clostridium difficile are rising among patients of working age in Scotland - reversing a previous crackdown.

New figures show consecutive increases in the number of people under the age of 65 falling ill with C-diff, the bug at the centre of the Vale of Leven hospital scandal.


Blog: Revolutionary new malaria test could save lives by being faster, more accurate and easier to use - 18th March 2016:

A new method of testing for malaria that will put less strain on lab technicians and provide more accurate results at the same time could be a watershed moment in the battle against a disease that is one of the top three killers of children worldwide.


USA: New Malaria Test, illumigene® Malaria, Sets a New Gold Standard for Diagnosis - 26th January 2016:

Meridian Bioscience Collaborates With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar to Launch Diagnostic Test up to 80, 000 Times More Sensitive Than Current Options


UK: Oetzi the Iceman had a stomach bug, researchers say - 08th January 2016:

Microbes extracted from the insides of the 5,300-year-old mummy have shown he was suffering from a stomach bug before he died, scientists have discovered

Oetzi the Iceman, the name given to the frozen body discovered in the Alps in 1991, had a bacterial infection that is common today, researchers said.



UK: 142 takeaway customers get E.coli when staff fail to wash hands after toilet - 23rd September 2015:

Customers of the Khyber Pass in Nottingham suffered with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea after the outbreak last June, court hears

More than 100 takeaway customers were sick for up to two months with a rare strain of E.coli - after staff did not wash their hands after using the toilet, a court heard.


UK: 'Super-gonorrhoea' outbreak in Leeds - 18th September 2015:

Doctors say a strain of drug-resistant gonorrhoea is spreading in the north of England.

The sexually transmitted infection can threaten fertility and unborn children.


UK: Drug-Resistant Sprain Of Gonorrhoea Spreading - 18th September 2015:

Public Health England says it is concerned about the outbreak, as this particular strain is hard to treat with conventional drugs.

An outbreak of a "concerning" strain of gonorrhoea has been reported in the north of England.


Portugal: New Legionella outbreak in northern Portugal - 10th September 2015:

A fresh spate of infections caused by the Legionella bacteria has been detected in the north of the country, ten months after a similar outbreak in central Portugal killed fourteen people and infected hundreds of others.

On Tuesday this week sixteen people had been confirmed as being infected with the bacteria, all within the Greater Oporto area, five of whom were admitted to hospital with Legionnaires Disease. Six cooling towers were closed off and disinfected as a result of the outbreak but the National Health Board has declined to specify the exact location of the towers.


UK: Lancashire tap water: Restrictions lifted in more areas - 02nd September 2015:

Advice to boil tap water before drinking it has been lifted in 26, 000 more homes in Lancashire.

Residence have had to boil water for more than three weeks after a parasite was discovered at a treatment works.



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England: What is cryptosporidium parasite? - 07th August 2015:

Some residents in Lancashire are being urged to boil their drinking water after a microscopic bug was detected - but what is cryptosporidium?

How harmful is it?.


England: STIs soaring in gay men - warning 23rd June 2015:

The number of sexually transmitted infections being spread in gay men is soaring, according to Public Health England.

Figures for 2014 showed a 46% increase in syphilis infections, 32% in gonorrhoea and 26% in chlamydia.


UK: E. coli 055 in Dorset: Two further cases confirmed - 30th May 2015

Two new cases of an E. coli infection in Dorset have been confirmed.

Public Health England (PHE) said they were from the same family as two children being treated in hospital for serious kidney problems following E. coli 055.



UK: Scarlet fever cases soar in England - 13th March 2015

Cases of scarlet fever have soared this season, Public Health England says.

A total of 5,746 new cases were reported between September and March, roughly double the 2,833 cases reported in the same period last season.


Portugal: Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Portugal - 17th November 2014

As of 13th November 2014 (17:00), the Directorate-General for Health of Portugal has reported a total of 311 cases of Legionnaires' disease, all of which have epidemiological links to Vila Franca de Xira, a suburban area of Lisbon. So far, seven deaths have been confirmed to be caused by the disease.

The first 17 cases were identified between 6 and 7 November, and the National IHR Focal Point for Portugal notified WHO of this outbreak on 9 November 2014.



USA: Idaho reports alarming rise in whooping cough cases - 12th August 2014

(Reuters) - Idaho health officials on Tuesday urged vaccination to combat what they said was an alarming rise this year in the number of cases of whooping cough, which has killed an infant and afflicted 240 other state residents since January.

The 241 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, reported in Idaho from January to July compares to the 122 and 129 cases reported during the same period in 2013 and 2012 respectively.



UK: Grimsby Legionnaires’ disease outbreak affects four - 06th August 2014

Four confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Grimsby area are being investigated by health officials.

Public Health England (PHE) said no common links have been identified between the infected people.



UK: JCVI advises continuation of maternal pertussis vaccination programme - 18th July 2014

PHE has welcomed the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's advice to the Department of Health that the pertussis vaccination programme for pregnant women should continue for a further five years [1].

Available data relating to the coverage, effectiveness and safety of the programme, its impact on disease and current epidemiology were considered by the JCVI at its June 2014 meeting and on the basis of these data it has advised that the programme should be extended [2]



UK: Proposed Merger - 03rd June 2014

It has been proposed that Meridian Bioscience International Limited (MBIL) and Meridian Bioscience, S.A. (MBSA) should merge into a single entity.

It is proposed that the merger will simplify the structure of the Meridian Bioscience business by centralising in the United Kingdom functions that do not need to be locally based; and ensuring that the Meridian Bioscience business is supported by an appropriate legal framework that reflects the management structure of the group.



USA: Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts - 22nd May 2014

 CDC is collaborating with public health officials in Idaho and Washington and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producingEscherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections.The type of bacteria responsible for this outbreak is among those referred to as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli,or STEC. Some types of STEC frequently cause severe disease, including bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a type of kidney failure.



USA: Norovirus outbreak on ANOTHER cruise ship as 83 people are confined to their rooms as the boat is disinfected in San Francisco - 10th April 2014

A Princess Cruises ship has been stopped in San Francisco as it deals with an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus.Latest reports have 66 passengers and 17 crew members isolated in their rooms to stop the spread of the infection.



UK: UK weather: Contaminated floodwaters could lead to norovirus spike - 12th February 2014

Public health chiefs are braced for a surge in cases of diarrhoea , vomiting and stomach pain caused by bugs in floodwater as sewage spills out of overflowing drains.One expert predicted "a big spike in diarrhoea" in the coming days but said the outbreak of illness would be “unpleasant but not deadly”.



Scotland: Four more E.coli cases identified - 6th February 2014

A further four cases of E.coli linked to burgers eaten at a concert venue have been identified, taking the total number affected in the outbreak to 15.Investigators have linked the cases to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, a major entertainment venue which opened in September.


Scotland: Health officials probe 'Hydro link' to E.coli cases - 31st January 2014Health officials say an outbreak of the potentially fatal E.coli O157 infection could be linked to food sold at Glasgow's Hydro concert venue.Seven people - one from Glasgow, two from Lanarkshire, three from Lothian and one from Cumbria - are recovering at home after being diagnosed.Read more...
Scotland: Two children under five contract E.coli in Lanarkshire - 6th December 2013TWO cases of the E.coli bacteria in young children have sparked a health alert in Lanarkshire.The youngsters had both visited Colzium Park in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, shortly before becoming unwell.Read more...

EU: C difficile and norovirus key concerns for infection control professionals - 6th November 2013

Clostridium difficile and norovirus appear to be the main causes of concern for infection control professionals as we enter the winter months according to a recent survey.Conducted at Infection Prevention 2013, it revealed that 48 per cent of respondents highlighted C difficile as the primary cause of concern and 36 per cent highlighted norovirus.Read more...
UK: Ward at Raigmore Hospital in Iverness closed by C.diff - 6th November 2013A WARD at Raigmore Hospital has been closed to new admissions and transfers due to an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C.diff).Two cases of the bug have been confirmed in 7C, a medical ward at the hospital in Iverness.


EU: European Parliament Urges It’s Member States to Tackle Clostridium difficile Infection - 30th October 2013

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a priority target for actions needed to improve patient safety in Europe, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Oct. 22, 2013.(1) The resolution argues that patient safety, and in particular the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), should be “near the top of the political agenda in the EU,” both at national level in the member states and at regional and local levels.


UK: Visitors banned from East Surrey ward after outbreak of Norovirus - 25th September 2013

A WARD at East Surrey Hospital has been closed to visitors to contain the spread of winter vomiting bug Norovirus A recorded message on the hospital's main telephone line states that visitors are currently banned from Tandridge Ward while patients with the bug are treated.Read more...
UK: Sainsbury's watercress recalled - 12th September 2013Sainsbury's is recalling all of its bagged watercress as well as salads containing watercress in response to an outbreak of E. coliThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reported an outbreak of E. coli that has made 15 people ill.


UK: Fourth case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed - 4th September 2013

A fourth person is being treated for the potentially fatal lung infection Legionnaires' disease.The latest case, a patient from South Croydon, was identified as having Legionella bacteria on Tuesday.


US: New Product illumigene Mycoplasma receives FDA clearanceDNA Amplification Assay for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in human throat and nasopharyngeal swab specimens receives FDA clearance.Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (NASDAQ: VIVO) today announced that it has received FDA clearance for a new molecular diagnostic test for Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumoniae), its fourth assay on the illumigene platform.Find out more...

EU: New Product Launch - illumigene MycoplasmaThe latest addition to Meridian Biosciences' illumigene platform range of assays, which include; C. difficile, GBS, GAS and now Mycoplasma.The Mycoplasma kit is a DNA Amplification Assay for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in human throat and nasopharyngeal swab specimens.

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Glasgow: Legionnaires' outbreak is linked to Renfrew - 1st July 2013

NHS bosses are linking five cases of Legionnaires' Disease to the Renfrew area, it has been confirmed today (Monday).

Two further cases of Legionnaires' Disease were announced by Greater Glasgow and Clyde area this afternoon.




Australia:Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Queensland - 5th June 2013

Man dies of legionnaires' disease.

The Wesley Hospital will remain offline until mid next week, as testing for the source of a legionella outbreak continues.  "This allows us sufficient time for the systematic disinfection of our water system, which is what we're currently undertaking," said Uniting Care Health executive director Richard Royle.



Meridian Webinar Series - Wednesday 24th April 2013 

Session Topic: Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease: Problem Solved?

Presenter: James M. Greenberg, MD Professor and Director Division of Neonatology Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology Department of Pediatrics Co-Director, CCHMC Perinatal Institute Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Meridian Webinar Series - Tuesday 5th March 2013 

Session Topic: Molecular Biology in the Diagnosis of C. difficile.

Presenter: Dr. Katelijne Floré, M.D. Antibiotic Policy Expert, Master of Hospital Hygiene, Staffer Clinical Microbiology, Chairman Committee for Hospital Hygiene, AZ Sint-Lucas Brugge, Belgium

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UK: Queen taken to hospital for first time in 10 years - 4th March 2013

Rome trip cancelled as 86-year-old monarch admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London as 'precautionary measure' relating to symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The Queen has been taken to hospital for the first time in 10 years after symptoms of gastroenteritis led her to cancel a visit to Rome this week. She is expected to remain in the King Edward VII hospital, central London, for assessment after being admitted on Sunday afternoon.



UK: Norovirus Sydney Strain 2012 - 10th January 2013

It came from Down Chunder: The norovirus strain that's wreaked havoc across the UK and made 1.2m of us ill started in Oz.

Most of the 1.2million people taken ill with the winter vomiting bug caught a new strain of the virus that came from Australia, according to health experts. The variant, called Sydney 2012, has become the 'dominant strain'.



Group A Streptococcus Webinar - The Benefits of Molecular Detection - 8th January 2013

Jennifer Dien Bard, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FCCM.

Streptococcus continues to be the number one cause of bacterial acute pharyngitis. Up to 70% of patients receive antibiotics but only 20-30% are diagnosed with Group A Strep pharyngitis. This program will provide a comprehensive overview of this pathogen and the benefits of molecular detection along with the 2012 IDSA Guidelines that address diagnosis and treatment.

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UK: Norovirus cases exceed 1m this winter - 2nd January 2013

Number of reported cases of winter vomiting disease 72% up on last year and will rise further, say health officials.

More than 1.1 million people in Britain have succumbed to the norovirus vomiting disease so far this winter, and health officials expect cases to jump higher after a dip over Christmas and the New Year.


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