Record Measles Numbers Underscore Urgency of Heightened Vaccine Outreach, Access

The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday that measles cases in the United States have reached numbers unseen since the disease was declared eliminated here in 2000 brings with it the real possibility that measles could again become endemic in this country.

Drug Company Closing Underscores Needs for Swift Federal Action

News today that the antibiotic producer Achaogen has filed for bankruptcy represents the most recent consequence of the steep economic challenges facing antibiotic research and development.

Experts Call for Integrated Opioid, ID Responses

An article published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases calls on the federal government to support coordinated and strengthened responses to the spread of infections associated with the opioid crisis.

Vaccine Avoidance Endangers Individual and Public Health

The Kentucky governor’s decision this week to voice support for the irresponsible practice of deliberately exposing children to chickenpox as an alternative to vaccination is gravely concerning.

Bacteria in Urine Doesn’t Always Indicate Infection

Doctors should think carefully before testing patients for a urinary tract infection (UTI) to avoid over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic treatment, according to updated asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Ebola Hearing Highlights Global Health Investment Payoffs, Ongoing Needs

The Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee’s hearing on the continuing Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo brought the unprecedented challenges posed by the current outbreak, as well as the responses needed before policymakers Thursday.

White House Budget Plan Shows Some Investment but Inadequate Commitment to Sustained Public Health Responses

The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released Monday is responsive to some of our nation’s most urgent public health challenges. The proposal, however, also neglects, and even deeply undermines critically needed investments in both immediate and long-term responses to infectious disease threats.

Hearings Highlight Vaccine Access, Knowledge, Policy Gaps

With evidence that the number of measles cases and outbreaks this year is already well on track to exceed last year’s numbers, today’s Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing is drawing urgent attention to a central tenet of public health: vaccines save lives.

Physicians Tell Congress: Raise Global Fund Contribution

More than 400 physicians and scientists urged Congressional appropriators to increase U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the international partnership’s upcoming funding cycle in  a letter released today.

District Court Acts on Evidence Countering Military HIV Policy

A District Court injunction preventing the military discharge of two Air Force members living with HIV was responsive to medical evidence and reflected important recognition of advances in treatment for HIV, as well as of the abilities of people with the virus to enjoy productive healthy lives.

Spending Bill Recognizes Crucial Global Health Goals

The 2019 spending bill passed by the House and Senate Thursday that the President has announced he will sign, reflects a meaningful commitment to moving our country forward and to continued U.S. leadership of the fight against the world’s most devastating infectious disease killers.

President’s Plan to End the HIV Epidemic Must Address Drivers, Gaps

The achievement of ambitious public health goals must always include reassessments of existing policies and priorities.