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Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333618/increasing-evidence-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-tbe-virus-transmission-the-netherlands-june-2016
#1
Adriaan Cg Weststrate, Daan Knapen, Gozewijn D Laverman, Bart Schot, Jan Jw Prick, Silke A Spit, Johan Reimerink, Barry Rockx, Felix Geeraedts
We present a case of endemic tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) occurring in June 2016 in the eastern part of the Netherlands in an area where a strain of TBE virus, genetically different from the common TBE virus strains in Europe, was reported in ticks in 2016. With the start of the tick season in spring, this second autochthonous Dutch TBE case should remind physicians to consider the possibility of endemic TBE in patients with respective symptoms.
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333617/yellow-fever-in-a-traveller-returning-from-suriname-to-the-netherlands-march-2017
#2
Marjan Wouthuyzen-Bakker, Marjolein Knoester, Aad P van den Berg, Corine H GeurtsvanKessel, Marion Pg Koopmans, Coretta Van Leer-Buter, Bob Oude Velthuis, Suzan D Pas, Wilhelmina Lm Ruijs, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Stephen Gs Vreden, Tjip S van der Werf, Chantal Bem Reusken, Wouter Fw Bierman
A Dutch traveller returning from Suriname in early March 2017, presented with fever and severe acute liver injury. Yellow fever was diagnosed by (q)RT-PCR and sequencing. During hospital stay, the patient's condition deteriorated and she developed hepatic encephalopathy requiring transfer to the intensive care. Although yellow fever has not been reported in the last four decades in Suriname, vaccination is recommended by the World Health Organization for visitors to this country.
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333616/cross-sectional-surveillance-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-in-dromedary-camels-and-other-mammals-in-egypt-august-2015-to-january-2016
#3
Mohamed Ali, Rabeh El-Shesheny, Ahmed Kandeil, Mahmoud Shehata, Basma Elsokary, Mokhtar Gomaa, Naglaa Hassan, Ahmed El Sayed, Ahmed El-Taweel, Heba Sobhy, Folorunso Oludayo Fasina, Gwenaelle Dauphin, Ihab El Masry, Abebe Wossene Wolde, Peter Daszak, Maureen Miller, Sophie VonDobschuetz, Emma Gardner, Subhash Morzaria, Juan Lubroth, Yilma Jobre Makonnen
A cross-sectional study was conducted in Egypt to determine the prevalence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in imported and resident camels and bats, as well as to assess possible transmission of the virus to domestic ruminants and equines. A total of 1,031 sera, 1,078 nasal swabs, 13 rectal swabs, and 38 milk samples were collected from 1,078 camels in different types of sites. In addition, 145 domestic animals and 109 bats were sampled. Overall, of 1,031 serologically-tested camels, 871 (84...
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333615/use-of-whonet-satscan-system-for-simulated-real-time-detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-clusters-in-a-hospital-in-italy-2012-to-2014
#4
Alessandra Natale, John Stelling, Marcello Meledandri, Louisa A Messenger, Fortunato D'Ancona
Resistant pathogens infections cause in healthcare settings, higher patient mortality, longer hospitalisation times and higher costs for treatments. Strengthening and coordinating local, national and international surveillance systems is the cornerstone for the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this study, the WHONET-SaTScan software was applied in a hospital in Italy to identify potential outbreaks of AMR. Data from San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome between 2012 and 2014 were extracted from the national surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance (AR-ISS) and analysed using the simulated prospective analysis for real-time cluster detection included in the WHONET-SaTScan software...
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333614/letter-to-the-editor-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-for-hiv-in-europe-the-need-for-resistance-surveillance
#5
LETTER
Carla van Tienen, David van de Vijver, Teymur Noori, Anders Sönnerborg, Charles Boucher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300531/letter-to-the-editor-just-a-coincidence-two-severe-human-cases-due-to-swine-influenza-siv-a-h1n1-v-in-europe-october-2016
#6
LETTER
Cornelia Adlhoch, Pasi Penttinen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300530/authors-reply-two-severe-human-cases-due-to-swine-influenza-a-h1n1-v-in-october-2016-in-europe-were-chronologic-coincident-yet-distinct-events
#7
LETTER
Francesca Rovida, Antonio Piralla, Federico Capra Marzani, Ana Moreno, Giulia Campanini, Francesco Mojoli, Marco Pozzi, Alessia Girello, Chiara Chiapponi, Fausto Vezzoli, Paola Prati, Elena Percivalle, Anna Pavan, Maria Gramegna, Giorgio Antonio Iotti, Fausto Baldanti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300529/sex-differences-in-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-and-the-impact-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccination-in-the-netherlands-2004-to-2015
#8
Gertjan H J Wagenvoort, Elisabeth A M Sanders, Bart J Vlaminckx, Hester E de Melker, Arie van der Ende, Mirjam J Knol
Implementation of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in the Netherlands (PCV7 in 2006 and PCV10 in 2011) for infants caused a shift in serotypes in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). We explored sex differences in serotype-specific IPD incidence before and after vaccine introduction. Incidences in the pre-PCV7 (June 2004-May 2006), post-PCV7 (June 2008-May 2011) and post-PCV10 period (June 2013-May 2015), stratified by age, were compared. Incidence was higher in men for all age groups (overall in men: 16.7, 15...
March 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277221/letter-to-the-editor-increasing-proportion-of-new-hiv-diagnoses-in-ireland-previously-diagnosed-elsewhere-potential-impact-on-estimating-incidence
#9
LETTER
Kate O'Donnell, Derval Igoe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277220/multi-laboratory-validation-study-of-multilocus-variable-number-tandem-repeat-analysis-mlva-for-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-2015
#10
Tansy Peters, Sophie Bertrand, Jonas T Björkman, Lin T Brandal, Derek J Brown, Tímea Erdõsi, Max Heck, Salha Ibrahem, Karin Johansson, Christian Kornschober, Saara M Kotila, Simon Le Hello, Taru Lienemann, Wesley Mattheus, Eva Møller Nielsen, Catherine Ragimbeau, Jillian Rumore, Ashley Sabol, Mia Torpdahl, Eija Trees, Alma Tuohy, Elizabeth de Pinna
Multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) is a rapid and reproducible typing method that is an important tool for investigation, as well as detection, of national and multinational outbreaks of a range of food-borne pathogens. Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis is the most common Salmonella serovar associated with human salmonellosis in the European Union/European Economic Area and North America. Fourteen laboratories from 13 countries in Europe and North America participated in a validation study for MLVA of S...
March 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277219/authors-correction-for-euro-surveill-2017-22-8
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277218/emerging-highly-pathogenic-h5-avian-influenza-viruses-in-france-during-winter-2015-16-phylogenetic-analyses-and-markers-for-zoonotic-potential
#12
François-Xavier Briand, Audrey Schmitz, Katell Ogor, Aurélie Le Prioux, Cécile Guillou-Cloarec, Carole Guillemoto, Chantal Allée, Marie-Odile Le Bras, Edouard Hirchaud, Hélène Quenault, Fabrice Touzain, Martine Cherbonnel-Pansart, Evelyne Lemaitre, Céline Courtillon, Hélène Gares, Patrick Daniel, Alexandre Fediaevsky, Pascale Massin, Yannick Blanchard, Nicolas Eterradossi, Sylvie van der Werf, Véronique Jestin, Eric Niqueux
Several new highly pathogenic (HP) H5 avian influenza virus (AIV) have been detected in poultry farms from south-western France since November 2015, among which an HP H5N1. The zoonotic potential and origin of these AIVs immediately became matters of concern. One virus of each subtype H5N1 (150169a), H5N2 (150233) and H5N9 (150236) was characterised. All proved highly pathogenic for poultry as demonstrated molecularly by the presence of a polybasic cleavage site in their HA protein - with a sequence (HQRRKR/GLF) previously unknown among avian H5 HPAI viruses - or experimentally by the in vivo demonstration of an intravenous pathogenicity index of 2...
March 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277217/towards-elimination-of-hepatitis-b-and-c-in-european-union-and-european-economic-area-countries-monitoring-the-world-health-organization-s-global-health-sector-strategy-core-indicators-and-scaling-up-key-interventions
#13
Erika F Duffell, Dagmar Hedrich, Otilia Mardh, Antons Mozalevskis
The World Health Organization 'Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021' aimed at the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat provides a significant opportunity to increase efforts for tackling the epidemics of hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections across Europe. To support the implementation and monitoring of this strategy, core epidemiological and programmatic indicators have been proposed necessitating specific surveys, the systematic collection of programmatic data and the establishment of monitoring across the care pathway...
March 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251892/hepatitis-a-outbreak-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-predominantly-linked-with-the-europride-the-netherlands-july-2016-to-february-2017
#14
Gudrun S Freidl, Gerard Jb Sonder, Lian Pmj Bovée, Ingrid Hm Friesema, Gini Gc van Rijckevorsel, Wilhelmina Lm Ruijs, Frank van Schie, Evelien C Siedenburg, Jyh-Yuan Yang, Harry Vennema
Between July 2016 and February 2017, 48 male cases of hepatitis A were notified in the Netherlands. Of these, 17 identified as men who have sex with men (MSM). Ten of the 13 cases for whom sequencing information was available, were infected with a strain linked with the EuroPride that took place in Amsterdam in 2016. This strain is identical to a strain that has been causing a large outbreak among MSM in Taiwan.
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251891/mid-season-real-time-estimates-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-persons-65-years-and-older-in-register-based-surveillance-stockholm-county-sweden-and-finland-january-2017
#15
Maria-Pia Hergens, Ulrike Baum, Mia Brytting, Niina Ikonen, Anu Haveri, Åsa Wiman, Hanna Nohynek, Åke Örtqvist
Systems for register-based monitoring of vaccine effectiveness (VE) against laboratory-confirmed influenza (LCI) in real time were set up in Stockholm County, Sweden, and Finland, before start of the 2016/17 influenza season, using population-based cohort studies. Both in Stockholm and Finland, an early epidemic of influenza A(H3N2) peaked in week 52, 2016. Already during weeks 48 to 50, analyses of influenza VE in persons 65 years and above showed moderately good estimates of around 50%, then rapidly declined by week 2, 2017 to 28% and 32% in Stockholm and Finland, respectively...
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251890/twenty-years-and-counting-epidemiology-of-an-outbreak-of-isoniazid-resistant-tuberculosis-in-england-and-wales-1995-to-2014
#16
Catherine M Smith, Suzan C M Trienekens, Charlotte Anderson, Maeve K Lalor, Tim Brown, Alistair Story, Hannah Fry, Andrew C Hayward, Helen Maguire
An outbreak of isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis first identified in London has now been ongoing for 20 years, making it the largest drug-resistant outbreak of tuberculosis documented to date worldwide. We identified culture-confirmed cases with indistinguishable molecular strain types and extracted demographic, clinical, microbiological and social risk factor data from surveillance systems. We summarised changes over time and used kernel-density estimation and k-function analysis to assess geographic clustering...
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251889/emergence-of-a-novel-subclade-of-influenza-a-h3n2-virus-in-london-december-2016-to-january-2017
#17
Heli Harvala, Dan Frampton, Paul Grant, Jade Raffle, Ruth Bridget Ferns, Zisis Kozlakidis, Paul Kellam, Deenan Pillay, Andrew Hayward, Eleni Nastouli
We report the molecular investigations of a large influenza A(H3N2) outbreak, in a season characterised by sharp increase in influenza admissions since December 2016. Analysis of haemagglutinin (HA) sequences demonstrated co-circulation of multiple clades (3C.3a, 3C.2a and 3C.2a1). Most variants fell into a novel subclade (proposed as 3C.2a2); they possessed four unique amino acid substitutions in the HA protein and loss of a potential glycosylation site. These changes potentially modify the H3N2 strain antigenicity...
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251888/increase-in-outbreaks-of-gastroenteritis-linked-to-bathing-water-in-finland-in-summer-2014
#18
Ari Kauppinen, Haider Al-Hello, Outi Zacheus, Jaana Kilponen, Leena Maunula, Sari Huusko, Maija Lappalainen, Ilkka Miettinen, Soile Blomqvist, Ruska Rimhanen-Finne
An increased number of suspected outbreaks of gastroenteritis linked to bathing water were reported to the Finnish food- and waterborne outbreak (FWO) registry in July and August 2014. The investigation reports were assessed by a national outbreak investigation panel. Eight confirmed outbreaks were identified among the 15 suspected outbreaks linked to bathing water that had been reported to the FWO registry. According to the outbreak investigation reports, 1,453 persons fell ill during these outbreaks. Epidemiological and microbiological data revealed noroviruses as the main causative agents...
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230525/inference-and-forecast-of-h7n9-influenza-in-china-2013-to-2015
#19
Ruiyun Li, Yuqi Bai, Alex Heaney, Sasikiran Kandula, Jun Cai, Xuyi Zhao, Bing Xu, Jeffrey Shaman
The recent emergence of A(H7N9) avian influenza poses a significant challenge to public health in China and around the world; however, understanding of the transmission dynamics and progression of influenza A(H7N9) infection in domestic poultry, as well as spillover transmission to humans, remains limited. Here, we develop a mathematical model-Bayesian inference system which combines a simple epidemic model and data assimilation method, and use it in conjunction with data on observed human influenza A(H7N9) cases from 19 February 2013 to 19 September 2015 to estimate key epidemiological parameters and to forecast infection in both poultry and humans...
February 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230524/early-2016-17-vaccine-effectiveness-estimates-against-influenza-a-h3n2-i-move-multicentre-case-control-studies-at-primary-care-and-hospital-levels-in-europe
#20
Esther Kissling, Marc Rondy
We measured early 2016/17 season influenza vaccine effectiveness (IVE) against influenza A(H3N2) in Europe using multicentre case control studies at primary care and hospital levels. IVE at primary care level was 44.1%, 46.9% and 23.4% among 0-14, 15-64 and ≥ 65 year-olds, and 25.7% in the influenza vaccination target group. At hospital level, IVE was 2.5%, 7.9% and 2.4% among ≥ 65, 65-79 and ≥ 80 year-olds. As in previous seasons, we observed suboptimal IVE against influenza A(H3N2).
February 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
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