Infectious Disease Alert (Vol. 34, No. 7) - April 1, 2015

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Release date: April 2015

Valid through: April 2018

Target Audience

This activity is intended for the infectious disease specialist.


  • Seizures, Encephalopathy, and Vaccines — Evidence Fails to Support a Link
  • Fusobacterium as a Cause of Pharyngitis in Young Adults
  • Acute Leukemia Patients Still Plagued by Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci
  • Steroids for Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia: More Evidence or More  Uncertainty?
  • Preventing Active Tuberculosis in Children
  • Reservoir Bugs: CRE in Long-term Acute Care Hospitals Threatens to Spread to Other Facilities
  • Infectious Disease Alert Updates


  • Discuss the diagnosis of infectious diseases
  • Explain current data regarding the use of new antibiotics for commonly diagnosed diseases and new uses for traditional drugs
  • Discuss the latest information regarding risks, benefits and cost-effectiveness of new and traditional diagnostic tests
  • Discuss new information regarding how infectious diseases are transmitted and how such information can lead to the development of new therapies

Credit Available


  • Maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)


This activity is sponsored by AHC Media.

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AHC Media is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation


AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Listing


Hal B. Jenson, MD, FAAP

Dean, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI.

Joseph F. John, Jr., MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Philip R. Fischer, MD, DTM&H

Professor of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP

Division of Infectious Diseases

Akron General Medical Center

Akron, OH, USA

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Rootstown, OH, USA

Dean L. Winslow, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Division of General Medical Disciplines

Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Gary Evans, Executive Editor, Hospital Infection Control and Prevention


Physician Editor:

Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Clinical Professor of Medicine,
Stanford University; Associate
Chief of Infectious Diseases,
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

AHC Media executive editor: Shelly Morrow Mark

Financial Disclosure

Infectious Disease Alert’s editor, Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, FIDSA, has served as a one-time consultant for Cubist and Bayer; peer reviewer Patrick Joseph, MD, is laboratory director for Genomic Health and Siemens Corp.; Updates author, Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP, continuing education and editorial director Lee Landenberger, and executive editor Shelly Morrow Mark report no financial relationships to this field of study.

Dr. Richard Watkins has received research support from Forest Laboratories. Dr. Jenson, Dr. Fischer, Dr. John, Dr. Winslow, and Gary Evans report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.