UK: World's most threatening superbugs ranked in new list - 27th February:
The World Health Organization has drawn up a list of the drug-resistant bacteria that pose the biggest threat to human health.
Top of the list are gram-negative bugs, such as E.coli, which can cause lethal bloodstream infections and pneumonia in frail hospital patients.
UK: Neonatal herpes global estimates published - 2nd February:
Neonatal herpes is a rare but potentially devastating complication of genital herpes during pregnancy, which can cause brain damage, breathing problems, seizures and even death. Neonatal herpes infection can occur when an infant is exposed to herpes simplex virus types 1 or 2 (HSV-1 or HSV-2) in a woman’s genital tract during birth.
For the first time, researchers from WHO, the University of Bristol, and the University of Washington have published new estimates in The Lancet Global Health that aim to evaluate the approximate global burden of this disease.
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 , 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.
MERIDIAN MALARIA TEST WINS PRESTIGIOUS INNOVATION AWARD - 25th August 2016
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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