ECCMID 2019: Day 1 update

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1. Is maternal plasma Zika virus (ZIKV) load associated with birth outcomes and maternal disease severity? by Pellerin S. from INSERM (France), assess a cohort of women from the 2016 Zika outbreak in the French West Indies concluding that higher plasma ZIKV load was associated with a more severe maternal ZIKV infection; however, no relationship was observed between viral load and neurological birth defects.

2. The oropharyngeal (OP) microbiome of hospitalised patients: A potential contributor to pneumonia risk, by Ashokan A from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (Australia) assessed OP swabs from 63 patients and 79 controls, all of which underwent genomic DNA extraction and 16S rRNA sequencing, concluding that there were significant differences between the OP microbiome in hospitalized individuals compared with a healthy cohort. However, whether OP microbiota characteristics have a clinical utility in predicting lower respiratory tract infections in this population warrants investigation.

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