Category Archives: IDWeek 2019

IDWeek: Ending HIV as an epidemic will demand innovation, inclusion, an expanded workforce — and funding

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As the federal Ending the HIV epidemic takes form, experts talk details, challenges: “How do we get there from here?” WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly four decades into an epidemic that has taken the lives more than 700,000 people in America, still close to 40,000 people in this country are diagnosed with HIV here each year. […]

IDWeek 2019: Zika, STD talks underscore impacts of funding gaps, missed opportunities

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WASHINGTON, DC – You pay now, or you pay more later. That was one shared point of two named lectures here Thursday, as speakers told the stories of largely different epidemics with current, lasting and escalating impacts. In responses to both Zika and to sexually transmitted diseases, reductions or gaps in funding for services protecting […]

IDWeek 2019: When violent DRC conflict sidelines Ebola responders, a relentless epidemic, and innovation follow

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WASHINGTON, DC – It was August of 2018 when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed public health officer Dr. Mary Choi to Beni as part of a small group responding to the outbreak of Ebola that had been recognized in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the beginning of the month. […]

IDWeek 2019: Malnutrition is a major driver of TB epidemic globally

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WASHINGTON, DC – Malnutrition is a significant risk factor for developing active tuberculosis disease, accounting for one quarter of all 1.6 million tuberculosis cases globally, while other risk factors like smoking and diabetes are attributed with 16% and 7.5% of infections respectively, researchers said here Tuesday. In spite of that, Dr. Natasha Hochberg of Boston […]

IDWeek: From the start of a specialist society to the next pandemic, a focus on infections makes all the difference

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WASHINGTON, DC – In 1963, when a small group of doctors got together to talk about building infectious disease expertise with a professional organization, Dr. Ed Kass chose the role of meeting secretary. You can make sure things get done when you’re the secretary, he explained. In the Edward H. Kass lecture this morning, Dr. […]

IDWeek: Understanding the genome opens an age of opportunity and action

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WASHINGTON, DC – What if one fast-growing body of knowledge about the most essential part of our make-up could be tapped into to open new avenues to understanding, diagnosing, curing, preventing, even predicting the infections that make this a small world? That is what is happening now, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said […]

IDWeek 2019: In New York measles epidemic, the struggle to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks comes home

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WASHINGTON, DC – At a session before this conference opened today, Dr. Jane Zucker of New York City’s health department asked for a show of hands. How many of those in the audience that almost filled the wide and long combined Salon G and H, had seen a case of measles, she wanted to know. […]

A “Big IDea” takes infectious disease education and advocacy to Washington

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A day before the opening of the  joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medical Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in Washington, DC, about 70 infectious diseases and HIV specialists, researchers and clinicians came to town for a day of educating their […]