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Unusual transplant-linked viral infections: ‘always be aware’

September 2015—Emerging and re-emerging viruses are well and alive, says Sherif Zaki, MD, PhD, chief of the Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the Clinical Virology Symposium in April, he spoke on viral etiology in unexpected deaths, presenting a list of outbreaks of unexplained illnesses in which his branch took part in the past two decades and which turned out to be caused by viruses.

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Study: elevated vancomycin MICs no cause for concern

December 2014—Elevated vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentrations do not increase the risk of death in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, according to the findings of a comprehensive meta-analysis published in the Oct. 9 issue of JAMA. Despite widespread speculation about rising vancomycin resistance, or “MIC creep,” the authors find little evidence to challenge the current CLSI susceptibility breakpoint of ≤ 2 µg/mL for vancomycin.

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Labs ramp up for Ebola patients, specimens

December 2014—Clinical laboratories have made impressive headway in their Ebola preparedness, though their plans are shaping up in different ways. That’s due, in part, to varying opinions about how to manage a dangerous and unpredictable virus. “We are really learning as we go along with this,” says D. Jane Hata, PhD, D(ABMM), director of microbiology and serology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. For years there has been talk of the possibility of an airplane passenger bringing Ebola into the U.S., she says. “But we are on the ground now and we’re all actively planning to deal with this.”

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