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Infectious Disease Archives

Journal: Some Hospitals Fall Short On Basic Infection Prevention

Healthcare-associated infections kill 100,000 each year in the U.S., handwash-thumb-170x255-33366.jpgoften because basic safety guidelines are not followed. That is what makes a medical study recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control so disconcerting.

How Are Surgical Patients Exposed To Incurable Brain Disease?

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) is an untreatable brain diseasebrainscan-thumb-170x113-32809.jpg affecting one in one million people each year. It is thankful that CJD is rare, because it is often regarded as the human version of "mad cow" disease, quickly transforming healthy brain proteins into unhealthy cells. This is what makes news from a North Carolina hospital so disturbing.

Hospital Tuberculosis Outbreak Infects At Least 26

The word "tuberculosis" used to bring trepidation to Americans.tuberculosis-thumb-160x213-26519.jpgThe creation of the antibiotic streptomycin in 1946 largely quieted this fear, but a new drug-resistant strain of the disease has surfaced in recent decades. A recent tuberculosis outbreak at a Las Vegas hospital shows why people, again, should fear "TB."

JAMA Study: U.S. Hospital Infections Cost $10 Billion Annually

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) affect 1 in 20 patients,catheter-thumb-150x100-25064.jpg according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HAIs are a top-10 cause of death in the United States, killing 2,500 annually, but the problem only seems to be worsening.

Healthcare-Associated Infections Plague 1.7 Million Every Year

PatientsHospitalInfections-thumb-160x200-22692-thumb-160x200-22693.jpg go to the hospital to improve their health, but each year 1.7 million Americans become worse when they suffer a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). These infections may involve deadly bacteria like clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) and E. coli. What's especially frightening is that HAIs have been trending upward for years.