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Hurricane Maria Had A Noteworthy Affect On HIV Care Results

Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico had an important affect on HIV results amongst individuals having a history of substance use and suffering from HIV, specifically decreased CD4 counts and increased viral load, as per early data issued by University of Puerto Rico, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Iniciativa Comunitaria de Investigación Puerto Rico Department of Health, and University of Miami at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections at CROI 2019, held in Seattle. The standard viral load following the Hurricane was considerably (11%) higher in comparison to the viral load evaluation before Hurricane Maria.

A couple of years ago, Hurricane Maria caused destruction to the island of Puerto Rico and its people but till now, the health effects of this storm on weak populations, composing individuals suffering from HIV were unidentified. The research, performed in San Juan, also discovered that HIV care results were associated to the pre-hurricane viral suppression status of participants.

On a similar note, a group of scientists at the German Center for Infection Research and the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Medicine has attained a scientific breakthrough in the swift analysis of multi-resistant hospital pathogens. Employing a new immunochromatographic technique, the scientists discovered bacteria that are resistant to carbapenemes (the antibiotic group) within 20–45 Minutes from blood cultures with 100% assurance. Present test processes still consumers almost 72 Hours. The results have been posted in PLOS ONE.

Patients suffering from bloodstream infections due to gram-negative pathogens such as E. coli (Escherichia coli) have a towering mortality rate. On the other hand, the infection has so far normally been treatable using antibiotics. But because of the elevated antibiotic conflict for bacteria (and also against the antibiotic group carbapenemes) therapy has turned out to be more and more hard. Infections from multi-resistant pathogens, which also does not have any effect of such reserve antibiotics, often result in ineffective antibiotic treatment and hence to higher mortality.