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Melioidosis cases in Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas “most closely related to strains found in Asia, particularly South Asia”: What is the epi-link?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Aug. 9, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported both in their Health Alert Network and in a separate media statement a fourth case of melioidosis in the United States. This patient lived in Georgia and died in July 2021. The common exposure epidemiological (epi-) […]

India declares Delta Plus (K417N) a Variant of Concern, and UK reports it is in 11 nations

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA ​As the highly transmissible “Delta Variant” has spread to over 85 nations, on June 22 India also declared “Delta Plus” a Variant of Concern. The “plus” refers to the addition of a spike protein mutation, K417N, in the Delta Variant. This K417N mutation has been seen in other […]

What we’re reading: Four decades of HIV have wrought remarkable change, continuing loss, remaining challenges

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The Science Speaks editorial staff (me) took some time off to attend to some long overdue family business in Michigan, thanks to an uptick in vaccine uptake and access there, a place now emerging from a recent discouraging surge of transmissions. Enjoying the benefits the remarkable accomplishments of science and public health have given us offered […]

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COVID-19: Key points from S.Africa scientists regarding variant “501Y.V2” — not more severe, but convalescent sera may be less effective

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Jan. 18 an excellent online conference by scientists in South Africa and the Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize provided updates (below) on five key points regarding the virus variant “501Y.V2” that is spreading rapidly in South Africa. Between minutes 45:40 and 47:46 of this two-hour conference […]

IDWeek 2020: Dr. Fauci opens “Chasing the Sun” with a view of COVID-19 in the U.S.

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“His advice is honest and rooted in sound science,” former President George W. Bush “He’s the guy I’ve gone to since 1993 . . . and still do,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins “Thank you for what you do and who you are,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus The former President […]

Guinea study finds drops in facility-based births during West Africa Ebola crisis

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The following is a guest post by Janine Barden O’Fallon, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation Guinea was one of the three most affected countries in the longest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease ever recorded (2014–2015). The disease also had the indirect effects on access to health services and potential mortality from other conditions. My colleagues […]