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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal

Edna O Kara, Helen Campbell, Sonia Ribeiro, Norman K Fry, David Litt, Seyi Eletu, Gayatri Amirthalingam
BACKGROUND: Highest rates of pertussis occur in infants <3 months old, too young to be fully vaccinated. The 2012 national outbreak provided a valuable opportunity to study sources of infection for these infants at highest risk of severe complications and death. METHODS: Households of infants <3 months old with laboratory-confirmed pertussis between 08/2012 and 10/2013 were invited to complete a questionnaire with information on household members' demographics, relationship with the infant, chronology of cough onset where relevant, and vaccination history...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Sneha Suresh, Joan L Robinson
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October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Evan J Anderson, Xavier Carbonell-Estrany, Maarten Blanken, Marcello Lanari, Margaret Sheridan-Pereira, Barry Rodgers-Gray, John Fullarton, Elisabeth Rouffiac, Pamela Vo, Gerard Notario, Fiona Campbell, Bosco Paes
BACKGROUND: Moderate-late preterm infants, 33-35 weeks' gestational age (wGA), are at increased risk for respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization (RSVH). OBJECTIVE: To quantify the burden of RSVH in moderate-late preterm infants. METHODS: A pooled analysis was conducted on RSVH from 7 prospective, observational studies in the Northern Hemisphere from 2000-2014. Infants' 33 -35 wGA without comorbidity born during the RSV season who did not receive RSV immunoprophylaxis were enrolled...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Joann F Gruber, Darcy A Hille, G Frank Liu, Susan S Kaplan, Micki Nelson, Michelle G Goveia, T Christopher Mast
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea worldwide in young children. Although rotavirus vaccine efficacy is high in developed countries, efficacy is lower in developing countries. Here, we investigated heterogeneity of rotavirus vaccine efficacy by infant characteristics in developing countries. METHODS: An exploratory, post-hoc analysis was conducted using randomized controlled trial data of the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine (RV5) conducted in Africa and Asia (NCT00362648)...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Miguel O'Ryan, Margarita Riera-Montes, Benjamin Lopman
BACKGROUND: Noroviruses are increasingly recognized as a major cause of sporadic and epidemic acute gastroenteritis. Although there have been multiple studies published on norovirus epidemiology in Latin America, no comprehensive assessment of the role of norovirus has been conducted in the region. We aim to estimate the role of norovirus in the Latin American region through a systematic review and meta-analysis of the existing literature. METHODS: We carried out a literature search in Medline, SciELO and LILACS...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Laura Pöyhönen, Liisa Kröger, Heini Huhtala, Johanna Mäkinen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Jussi Mertsola, Qiushui He, Matti Korppi
BACKGROUND: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) is a key cytokine in defense against mycobacteria, including Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern-recognizing molecules of innate immunity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between polymorphisms in MBL, TLR1, TLR2, and TLR6 encoding genes and stimulated IFN-γ and interleukin-12 (IL-12) ex vivo production in BCG osteitis survivors. METHODS: Data on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MBL2 gene and TLR1, TLR2, and TLR6 genes were available from 132 former BCG osteitis patients, and data on ex vivo IFN-γ and IL-12 production were available from 115 and 118 patients, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Isabel Barranco-Fernández, Alberto García-Salido, Montserrat Nieto-Moro, Montserrat Sierra-Colomina, Belén Gutierrez-Partida, Inmaculada de Prada-Vicente, Antonio Torrelo-Fernández, Ana Serrano-González
Fusarium species are a known cause of ocular infection. The misuse of contact lenses is the main risk factor in immunocompetent people. In immunocompromised patients, Fusarium infection can produce local and/or systemic invasive fusariosis which is associated with complications, poor prognosis and low response to treatment.Fusarium ocular infection can evolve to keratitis, endophthalmitis and, in extreme cases, ocular perforation. We report, for the first time in children, the case of a 5 year old girl diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis who developed Fusarium ocular infection requiring ocular enucleation...
October 12, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Renata Yakubov, Machiel van den Akker, Kaba Machamad, Amit Hochberg, Erez Nadir, Adi Klein
BACKGROUND: Empiric antibiotic treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI) in children relies on surveillance data about epidemiology and resistance patterns of common uropathogens. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of bacteria isolated from urine cultures of children with febrile UTI, seen at the pediatric department of a large regional hospital (Hillel-Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel) between January 2007 and December 2014. RESULTS: In this study period, 829 positive urine cultures were analyzed...
October 12, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Vijay G Mammen, Ziyaad Dangor, David P Moore, Alane Izu, Natalie Beylis, Shabir A Madhi
BACKGROUND: Children hospitalized with culture-confirmed pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) frequently present with acute symptoms, possibly because of superimposed pneumococcal pneumonia. We undertook a time-series analysis to determine whether routine immunization of children with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) was temporally associated with changes in the incidence of hospitalization for PTB in South African children. METHODS: PCV was introduced in the South African public immunization program in April 2009, with coverage for the third dose of PCV of 10%, 64% and 89% in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively...
October 12, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Timo Vesikari, Sven Arne Silfverdal, Emilia Jordanov, Emmanuel Feroldi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the immunogenicity and safety of a fully liquid, ready-to-use hexavalent DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T vaccine when administered in a 2+1 schedule at 3, 5, 11-12 months of age. METHODS: Phase III, randomized, active-controlled, observer-blind, multi-center study. Infants were randomized to receive DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP-T (N=275) or a licensed control hexavalent vaccine (DTaP-IPV-HB//PRP~T: N=275), both given in co-administration with Prevenar 13™ (PCV13). Serum was analyzed for immune responses to all vaccine antigens...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Prawin Kumar, Guruprasad R Medigeshi, Vishnu S Mishra, Mojahidul Islam, Shivani Randev, Aparna Mukherjee, Rama Chaudhry, Arti Kapil, Kana Ram Jat, Rakesh Lodha, Sushil K Kabra
BACKGROUND: There is paucity of studies on etiology of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in infants. OBJECTIVE: To document incidence and etiology of ARI in infants, their seasonal variability and association of clinical profile with etiology. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A birth cohort was followed for the first year of life; for each episode of ARI, nasopharyngeal aspirates were collected to identify the causative respiratory virus/es using multiplex real time PCR assay...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Abby Li, Daniel Y Wang, Krista L Lanctôt, Ian Mitchell, Bosco A Paes
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization (RSVH) rates in children less than <2 years of age with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease (HSCHD) are 2-4 fold higher compared with healthy term infants. Pediatric recommendations differ as to whether palivizumab is beneficial beyond 1 year of age. The objective was to determine whether differences exist in respiratory-related illness hospitalization (RIH) and RSVH in HSCHD infants receiving palivizumab during the first year versus second year of life in the Canadian Registry of Palivizumab (CARESS)...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Fengcai Zhu, Henri Deckx, Raphaele Roten, Bart Michiels, Michal Sarnecki
AIM: Compare efficacy, immunogenicity and safety of Hepavax-Gene TF (thimerosal free) vaccine with comparator in Chinese neonates. METHODS: Double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, stratified study was conducted at multiple sites in China in healthy neonates, consisting of three doses of Hepavax-Gene TF or Engerix-B vaccines administered at birth, one and six months of age, with a six month follow-up after vaccination. Based on hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection status of mothers, infants were assigned to one of two study strata for mothers positive for HBV infection (Stratum 1), with or without active replicating virus (Substrata 1a, 1b) and for HBV negative mothers (Stratum 2)...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Carmelo Guerrero-Laleona, Joan Calzada-Hernández, Matilde Bustillo-Alonso, Jorge Gil-Albarova, Marta Medrano-San Ildefonso, Estibaliz Iglesias-Jiménez, Antoni Noguera-Julian
Treatment with tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors is a risk factor for tuberculosis. Despite previous treatment with isoniazid for latent tuberculosis, a 9-year-old girl with juvenile idiopathic arthritis developed disseminated tuberculosis after changing therapy with etanercept to adalimumab and after new contact with a smear-positive relative. Genotyping strain matches and susceptibility to isoniazid make reinfection more likely than reactivation in our patient.
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Ida Glode Helmuth, Marcella Ditte Broccia, Jonathan Peter Glenthøj, Katja Harder, Lise Jensen, Marie-Louise von Linstow, Anja Poulsen, Kåre Mølbak
BACKGROUND: Varicella, common in childhood and most often self-limiting, may cause complications including bacterial superinfection, pneumonia and encephalitis. Universal childhood varicella vaccination has been introduced in several countries, but is controversial in Europe. In Denmark, varicella is not part of the national immunization program and there is no national surveillance of varicella. The primary aim of the study was to describe the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of children hospitalized with varicella in Denmark...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Adam W Bartlett, Ben Smith, C R Robert George, Brendan McMullan, Alison Kesson, Monica M Lahra, Dip Paed, Pamela Palasanthiran
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a recognized cause of sepsis and meningitis, particularly in infants. Early onset (<7 days) GBS disease has been well characterized, whereas the epidemiology of late onset disease (LOD, 7-89 days) and very late onset disease (VLOD, ≥90 days) is less well understood. The aims of this study were to assess risk factors, presentation, management, and outcome for GBS LOD and VLOD. METHODS: Microbiology laboratory databases and hospital diagnostic coding for Sydney Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Westmead were investigated for patients ≥ 7 days of age diagnosed with GBS bloodstream infection or meningitis from 1st January 2000 to 31st December 2014 (15 years)...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Diana F Clarke, Inci Yildirim, Ellen R Cooper
We report our experience with two infants with in utero HIV-1 infection who began very early combination antiretroviral therapy within 4 hours of birth. Further neonatal studies of antiretroviral pharmacokinetics, safety, efficacy, and treatment strategies are critically needed for the development of more potent regimens for use in HIV-infected infants.
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Roberta Petrucci, Giulia Lombardi, Ilaria Corsini, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Francesca Visciotti, Filippo Bernardi, Maria Paola Landini, Salvatore Cazzato, Paola Dal Monte
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-IT) is uncertain in the pediatric population, while tuberculin skin test (TST) is still conventionally used despite its limitations. The aim of this study was to compare the performance of QFT-IT with TST in a large cohort of children screened for TB infection because of contact tracing, suspected TB, arrival from endemic country or immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 517 children 0-14 years of age evaluated at the pediatric unit of the S...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Dawood Yusef, Blanca E Gonzalez, Charles B Foster, Johanna Goldfarb, Carla Saracusa, Sarah Worley, Camille Sabella
We report a significantly higher occurrence of adverse events associated with prolonged courses of piperacillin-tazobactam compared with other antibacterial agents used for pediatric outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. These adverse events were characterized by a constellation of clinical findings including fever, hematologic abnormalities, and transaminitis. Adverse events related to piperacillin-tazobactam should be considered in patients who develop a febrile illness associated with a prolonged course of therapy...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Andrea Streng, Veit Grote, Anita Rack-Hoch, Johannes G Liese
BACKGROUND: Universal varicella vaccination for one-year-old children was introduced in Germany in 2004. We investigated changes in incidence and type of varicella-associated neurologic complications in children during the first 7 years after universal vaccination recommendation. METHODS: Surveillance study based on patients <17 years of age with an International Classification of Diseases (10 Revision, ICD-10) discharge diagnosis of varicella, annually reported by 22-29 pediatric hospitals in Bavaria (Germany), 2005 to 2011...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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