Conference Highlights: ICAAC Annual Meeting

The 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, or ICAAC, held its 2010 annual meeting from September 12 to 15 in Boston. Among the news emerging from the meeting was the risk of invasive aspergillosis in non-traditional patients, the continuing danger of sharps injuries, and a new potential treatment for recurrent CDI. Soap & Water Wipes Reduce Wrestlers’ Skin Infections A Potential New Treatment for Recurrent CDI Looking at the Effect of Public Data on Performance Patients Shed H1N1 Virus Longer Risk of Invasive Aspergillosis in Non-Traditional Patients Sharps Injuries Still a Danger Water Wipes Reduce Wrestlers’ Skin Infections The Particulars: Skin infections are common among high school wrestlers. The vast majority arise within 1 week following exposure, including tinea corporus, folliculitis/impetigo, and herpetic infections. Weekend tournaments that extend over a 10- to 12-hour period allow for long periods of potential exposure to pathogens that may cause these infections to propagate. Data Breakdown: A study of 151 high school wrestlers found that those who used soap and water wipes following a match reduced their risk of skin infection by 97% when compared with athletes who used a 75% alcohol wipe or no wipe at all. Those who used soap and water wipes had only one instance of bacterial infection, with an odds ratio (OR) of 0.089. Those in the alcohol wipe group had three bacterial infections and one herpes infection (OR, 0.44). Wrestlers who did not wipe off after a match had four instances of tinea corporis, two bacterial infections, and two outbreaks of herpes. Take Home Pearl: High school wrestlers may be able to significantly reduce their...