CDC: Artesunate Now First-Line Treatment for Severe Malaria in the United States
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Only FDA-approved antimalarial drug, quinidine, has been discontinued
Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo tops 1,000 cases
Monday, March 25, 2019
CDC remains committed to bringing outbreak to an end
As of March 24, 2019, public health officials have documented that the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has surpassed 1,000 cases; the current total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1009, including 625 deaths and 318 survivors. The outbreak is the largest in DRC’s history and the second largest outbreak recorded of Ebola ever (after the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa).
“This is a disappointing milestone. This remains a highly complex Ebola outbreak with active transmission in 13 of the 21 affected health zones,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “Despite this, CDC will continue to work 24/7 with our partners in DRC, in DRC’s neighboring countries, and around the world to prevent the spread of Ebola and bring this outbreak to an end.”…
MMWR News Synopsis for Friday, March 29, 2019
Enterovirus D68-Associated Acute Respiratory Illness — United States, July–October, 2017 and 2018
CDC recently established surveillance of children seen in emergency departments or hospitalized for acute respiratory illness at seven U.S. medical centers. Substantially more children tested positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the 2018 season compared with 2017.
EV-D68 is one of many known enteroviruses. It can cause mild to severe respiratory illness or no symptoms at all. EV-D68 infections typically peak during late summer and early fall in the United States. National reporting of EV-D68 is voluntary. To better understand annual trends of EV-D68 illness, seven U.S. medical centers, participating in CDC’s New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN), are conducting surveillance among children either seen in emergency departments or hospitalized for acute respiratory illness (ARI). From July 1 – October 31, 2018, EV-D68 infections were detected in 358 children with ARI, compared with two during the same period in 2017. Continued active surveillance of EV-D68-associated ARI is key to understanding the circulation and seasonality of EV-D68.