ASM News, Journal Articles And Updates

ASM Audioconferences
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The Audioconference “Case Studies of Viral Infections in Hospital Patients,” originally scheduled for presentation on December 3, 2003 was presented on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 and will soon be available in an on-line streaming format. The Audioconference, “Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: Tips for Dealing with Coding and Compliance Issues” which was presented on December 17, 2003, is now available in an on-line web-streaming broadcast format.

New from ASM Press

Cumitech 40 summarizes the most recent transportation regulations and provides guidelines for the shipment of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens. Specific topics covered in this Cumitech include terminology, classification, and naming of diagnostic specimens, marking and labeling of packages, packing material, documentation, and training of personnel. Laboratory workers responsible for the shipment of dangerous goods by way of land or air carrier are required to comply with detailed and often confusing national and international transport regulations. In addition to practical suggestions and checklists for preparation of specimens, sources of additional information are offered as well.

Emerging Infections 6 is the sixth of a series of books based on ICAAC Symposia on Emerging Infections. It provides a complete and updated discussion of new and emerging infectious diseases, covering both basic science and clinical topics. The editors are in the forefront of the scientific and clinical communities dealing with emerging pathogens. This book and the series will be valuable to a wide range of people working in microbiology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, and clinical medicine. For more information on either publication, go to ASM Science .

ASM News Articles of Interest – January

-SARS Stars Wage SARS Wars -Detecting Group B Strep—Fast—Could Prove Revolutionary
-Many Antibiotics Head Home to Robosome
-US West Nile Virus Epidemic Continues to Expand Westward

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Journal Articles of Interest

Pet Snakes May be Source of Salmonella - German researchers have determined that exotic reptiles maintained as pets may be responsible for an increase in Salmonella cases in humans. Their findings appear in the January 2004 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Triclocsan: The Next New Drug? - The antibacterial compound triclosan, used in dermatological and oral hygiene products as well as antibacterial soaps and cleaner, shows promise as a drug for treating systemic bacterial infections say researchers from India. Their findings appear in the December 2003 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.