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Cases of invasive community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus increased in the paediatric community during a 5-year study period, according to recent study results published in Paediatrics.

Researchers evaluated 876 cases of invasive MRSA infections among 834 paediatric patients from 2005 to 2010. Of the total population, the median age at time of infection was 2.1 years, with 39% of cases occurring in infants younger than 1 year, and 59% of patients were male. For those cases in which race was available (n=682), 59% were black, 36% were white and 5% were of other races. Ninety-one percent of the cases were hospitalized and 6% were fatal.

Ten new cases of the MERS corona virus in Saudi Arabia have brought the global total to 104, including 49 deaths. According to a release sent by the World Health Organization (WHO), the cases include two men from Riyadh who died. One was 54 and the other 51, the agency said Wednesday.

Middle East respiratory symptom corona virus, or MERS-CoV, acts like a cold virus and attacks the respiratory system, the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said. But symptoms, which include fever and a cough, are severe and can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

Precise data are not available on the total number of people who have been infected because it is difficult to tell how many get a mild form of the infection, or remain asymptomatic w hile infected.

Although many of the cases have occurred on the Arabian Peninsula, people have died of the infection elsewhere, including in four European countries and Tunisia.

Infectious diseases kill 1260 in China in April

BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) - A total of 611,580 infectious disease cases were reported on the Chinese mainland in April, resulting in 1,260 deaths, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a Friday statement.

A total of 327,876 Class B infectious disease cases were identified by the commission in April, of which 1,229 were fatal, the statement said. Hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, dysentery and gonorrhea were the top five infectious diseases in this category, accounting for 93 percent of all Class B cases, the commission said. Category C infectious diseases claimed 31 lives in April, with foot-and-mouth disease and mumps reported the most frequently, according to the statement. No cases of Class A infectious diseases were reported, the commission said.

RC of Edinburgh to host Infectious diseases symposium

Monday, May 13 2013 - Karachi The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is organising I fectious Diseases Symposium on May 29, 2013 at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and will have this telecasted live.

The symposium celebrates the dramatic progress in areas such as HIV and Hepatitis - C treatment but also highlights the ever changing challenges of managing infections in a global community, said the organisers. Practical management dilemmas in patients with bacterial infections where first line treatment fails and the difficulties caring for a growing population of immunosuppressed oncology patients will also be addressed.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to host 16th Annual

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will host the 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, April 22-24, 2013, at theHyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD. This three-day conference presents high-quality, current reports of scientific progress and best practices in both invited presentations and submitted oral abstracts and posters. The conference brings togetherthe diverse disciplines involved in the research and development of vaccines and associated technologies for disease control through immunization, with an international audience of scientists and researchers, healthcare professionals and trainees, veterinarians, vaccine manufacturers, and public health officials.