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Infectious disease rates rising with opioid epidemic

As the opioid crisis has continued to plague the nation, a less-reported story for journalists to consider is the surging number of bacterial and viral infections threatening to make the crisis worse.

The rise includes an increase in bacterial infections caused by Staphlococcus aureus, a pathogen that is often resistant to antibiotics – and a climb in new HIV, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and skin and soft tissue infections.

“A converging public health crisis is emerging because the opioid epidemic is fueling a surge in infectious diseases,” said the Journal of Infectious Diseases in August 2019. Continue reading

Superbug: Member’s book about MRSA released

Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA,” AHCJ member Maryn McKenna’s second book, has been released today. McKenna, a member of AHCJ’s board of directors, has written extensive primers about MRSA and avian and pandemic influenza for AHCJ members. She also will moderate a luncheon session, “Influenza! Lessons learned from a year of H1N1,” at Health Journalism 2010.

McKenna, an independent journalist who also wrote “Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence ServiceBeating Back the Devil, was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air this morning to talk about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Her Superbug blog keeps up with the latest news and developments about MRSA.

MRSA project earns AHCJ member an award

The National Association of Science Writers awarded AHCJ member Michael Berens the Science in Society Journalism Award for his part in the November 2008 series “Culture of Resistance,” a tale of the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) through Washington that Berens wrote with fellow Seattle Times reporter Ken Armstrong. Berens and Armstrong uses databases and public records to chronicle the resistant bacteria’s rapid spread.

The press release quoted a judge as praising their work thus: “Although we’re awarding for local coverage, I think this piece has also had a rather profound national impact as well.”