What To Do Now That The CDC Alerted on Shortage TB Skin Test Antigen Materials

The CDC recently sent an alert of an anticipated nationwide shortage of Aplisol, one of the two purified-protein derivative (PPD) tuberculin antigens used in tuberculin skin tests (TST) in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.  The shortage could last for up to ten months. 

Is The Pool Making You Sick?

It is that time of year when families and friends visit public swimming pools and water parks for swimming and recreation.  CDC warns … BEWARE!   The number of gastrointestinal diarrhea outbreaks traced back to public water recreation facilities is increasing significantly each year with an...

Current Status of Rabies in the United States

A recent issue of MMRW addressed the current trends in human rabies exposure and deaths, specifically discussing exposure to bats as being a major factor in rabies transmission.  Each year, rabies causes approximately 59,000 deaths throughout the world and, fortunately for the US, only 1 – 3...

Increase in Reports of Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A cases in the United States almost tripled from 2016-2018 when compared with 2013-2015.  According to the CDC, the increase was not uniform throughout the country. 

Prior to the introduction of Hepatitis A vaccine in 1995, it was common to see incidence rates of 30,000 cases/year. ...

Commercial Drone Use Expands in Medical Care

Approximately 14 months ago, I published a piece “Drones Could Impact Laboratory Testing Sooner Than You Think”.  In the fall of 2017, US Department of Transportation announced an Unmanned Aircraft System pilot program to explore expansion of drone usage in the private sector. WakeMed Health and...

Laboratory Testing for Syphilis and Screening for Congenital Syphilis

Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease that, as previously discussed, has been showing increasing activity in the United States.  Traditionally, screening for syphilis involved testing using a nontreponemal assay with positive  cases confirmed by...

Increase in Nationwide Syphilis Infection

Over the past two years, there have been multiple papers and articles published pertaining to the increasing rates of syphilis in the United States.  Recently I read an article “Syphilis Invades Rural America” by Lauren Weber, which led me to do a review of the subject.  The referenced article...

Update on Candida Auris

Candida auris fungus is frequently a multidrug-resistant organism that causes serious, often deadly infections.  I first became aware of it about a year ago and published information on the website labtestingmatters.org.  C. auris was originally identified in Japan in 2009 and subsequently...

Precision Pharmacogenetic Testing Offered to Military Veterans by Sanford Health

As part of a precision medicine partnership between U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, S.D., 250,000 U.S. veterans who are current VA Health Care System patients will receive no cost pharmacogenetic testing evaluating actionable genetic traits. 

Cat Do-Do Make You Coocoo?

A recent article in Daily News from Science published by American Association for the Advancement of Science asks the question “Can cat poop cause mental illness?” 

It is estimated that approximately 11% of the US population 6 years and older have been infected with Toxoplasma gondii. ...