PLOS NTD Launches New Focus Area on Enteric Infections and Enteric Dysfunction

A recent editorial in PLOS NTDs has declared that the journal will launch a specially focussed section on enteric infections and enteric dysfunction. The editorial emphasizes the importance of working in this area, stressing: There is increasing recognition of the role of the intestine as the critical site where the human host encounters pathogens, initiates the immune response, protects from pathogen invasion, controls nutrient and … Continue reading PLOS NTD Launches New Focus Area on Enteric Infections and Enteric Dysfunction

Distribution and abundance of ARGs in the eight High Arctic clusters classified by antibiotic class and cluster location. The Chord diagram presents the abundance of ARGs in each sample that associate with each respective antibiotic class among the eight soil clusters (top). Presented below the diagram is the relative abundance of ARGs normalized to the total abundance of 16S rRNA gene (bottom right) and relative proportions of ARG classes in each cluster (bottom left). MLSB denotes Macrolide-Lincosamide-Streptogramin B. Other labels represent ARGs that do not have a direct antibiotic class. F/C/A denotes florcholoram-phenicol antibiotic class.

AMR Goes Global: Detection of Allochthonous Anthropogenic AMR Genes in High Arctic Regions

This study has been popping up all over the AMR radar for me for the past week; so, when I was stuck in traffic today, I decided to sit down and give the article a read. An interesting read, which does provide insights into the rapid global spread of AMR, this article, however, has been taken way out of context by the headlines of tabloids … Continue reading AMR Goes Global: Detection of Allochthonous Anthropogenic AMR Genes in High Arctic Regions

Ending Cholera by 2030: Case Management Remains a Key Priority

My reflections on the proceedings of the 3rd meeting of the case management work group of the Global Task Force for Cholera Control, which met in Veyrier du Lac, France, in November, 2018. I spoke about the state of community based management of cholera in India. Continue reading Ending Cholera by 2030: Case Management Remains a Key Priority