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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/28205505/establishment-of-a-voluntary-electronic-chlamydia-trachomatis-laboratory-surveillance-system-in-germany-2008-to-2014
#1
Sandra Dudareva-Vizule, Karin Haar, Andrea Sailer, Klaus Jansen, Osamah Hamouda, Hilmar Wisplinghoff, Carsten Tiemann, Eberhard Pape, Viviane Bremer
Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infections are not reportable in Germany and limited data on prevalence are available. CT screening has been offered free of charge to pregnant women since 1995 and to all women under 25 years since 2008. For symptomatic women and men, diagnostic testing is covered by statutory health insurance. We describe the establishment of a nationwide, laboratory-based, voluntary sentinel that electronically collects information on all performed CT tests with test results, test reason and patient information...
February 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205504/approaches-for-quantifying-antimicrobial-consumption-per-animal-species-based-on-national-sales-data-a-swiss-example-2006-to-2013
#2
Luís P Carmo, Gertraud Schüpbach-Regula, Cedric Müntener, Anne Chevance, Gérard Moulin, Ioannis Magouras
Antimicrobial use in animals is known to contribute to the global burden of antimicrobial resistance. Therefore, it is critical to monitor antimicrobial sales for livestock and pets. Despite the availability of veterinary antimicrobial sales data in most European countries, surveillance currently lacks consumption monitoring at the animal species level. In this study, alternative methods were investigated for stratifying antimicrobial sales per species using Swiss data (2006-2013). Three approaches were considered: (i) Equal Distribution (ED) allocated antimicrobial sales evenly across all species each product was licensed for; (ii) Biomass Distribution (BMD) stratified antimicrobial consumption, weighting the representativeness of each species' total biomass; and (iii) Longitudinal Study Extrapolation (LSE) assigned antimicrobial sales per species based on a field study describing prescription patterns in Switzerland...
February 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205503/interim-estimates-of-2016-17-vaccine-effectiveness-against-influenza-a-h3n2-canada-january-2017
#3
Danuta M Skowronski, Catharine Chambers, Suzana Sabaiduc, James A Dickinson, Anne-Luise Winter, Gaston De Serres, Steven J Drews, Agatha Jassem, Jonathan B Gubbay, Hugues Charest, Robert Balshaw, Nathalie Bastien, Yan Li, Mel Krajden
Using a test-negative design, the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) assessed interim 2016/17 influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) against dominant influenza A(H3N2) viruses considered antigenically matched to the clade 3C.2a vaccine strain. Sequence analysis revealed substantial heterogeneity in emerging 3C.2a1 variants by province and over time. Adjusted VE was 42% (95% confidence interval: 18-59%) overall, with variation by province. Interim virological and VE findings reported here warrant further investigation to inform potential vaccine reformulation...
February 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205502/trends-in-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-france-2012-to-2014
#4
Laurent Dortet, Gaëlle Cuzon, Valérie Ponties, Patrice Nordmann
In 2014, a total of 2,976 Enterobacteriaceae isolates with decreased susceptibility to carbapenems were received at the French Associated National Reference Center for Antibiotic Resistance (NRC) and were characterised for their molecular resistance mechanism to carbapenems and compared with results obtained during 2012 and 2013.The overall number of enterobacterial isolates with decreased susceptibility to carbapenems received at the NRC rapidly increased (more than twofold in two years) with a growing proportion of carbapenemase producers (23...
February 9, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183394/emergence-of-the-lymphogranuloma-venereum-l2c-genovariant-hungary-2012-to-2016
#5
Fruzsina Petrovay, Eszter Balla, Tímea Erdősi
In eastern Europe, few countries have so far reported laboratory-confirmed cases of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). Here we describe 22 LGV cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) detected in Hungary from November 2012 to July 2016. Sequence analyses show that 16 of these 22 cases were affected by the L2c genovariant, with from 2012 to 2014, one LGV L2c case detected per year, followed by seven cases in 2015 and six up to July 2016. Of the 16 total L2c LGV cases, 10 had severe haemorrhagic proctitis. These findings are concerning as cases with this new genovariant among MSM have not been frequently reported in Europe to date...
February 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183393/filling-in-the-gaps-estimating-numbers-of-chlamydia-tests-and-diagnoses-by-age-group-and-sex-before-and-during-the-implementation-of-the-english-national-screening-programme-2000-to-2012
#6
Nastassya L Chandra, Kate Soldan, Ciara Dangerfield, Bersabeh Sile, Stephen Duffell, Alireza Talebi, Yoon H Choi, Gwenda Hughes, Sarah C Woodhall
To inform mathematical modelling of the impact of chlamydia screening in England since 2000, a complete picture of chlamydia testing is needed. Monitoring and surveillance systems evolved between 2000 and 2012. Since 2012, data on publicly funded chlamydia tests and diagnoses have been collected nationally. However, gaps exist for earlier years. We collated available data on chlamydia testing and diagnosis rates among 15-44-year-olds by sex and age group for 2000-2012. Where data were unavailable, we applied data- and evidence-based assumptions to construct plausible minimum and maximum estimates and set bounds on uncertainty...
February 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183392/outbreak-of-hepatitis-a-associated-with-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-england-july-2016-to-january-2017
#7
Kazim Beebeejaun, Srilaxmi Degala, Koye Balogun, Ian Simms, Sarah Charlotte Woodhall, Ellen Heinsbroek, Paul David Crook, Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, Juli Treacy, Kate Wedgwood, Kate Jordan, Sema Mandal, Siew Lin Ngui, Michael Edelstein
Between July 2016 and January 2017, 37 confirmed cases of hepatitis A with two unique IA genotype strains primarily among men who have sex with men, were reported across eight areas in England and Northern Ireland. Epidemiological and laboratory investigations indicate that these strains may have been imported several times from Spain, with secondary sexual transmission in the United Kingdom. Local and national public health services are collaborating to control this ongoing outbreak.
February 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183391/ongoing-outbreaks-of-hepatitis-a-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-berlin-november-2016-to-january-2017-linked-to-other-german-cities-and-european-countries
#8
Dirk Werber, Kai Michaelis, Marius Hausner, Dagmar Sissolak, Jürgen Wenzel, Julia Bitzegeio, Anne Belting, Daniel Sagebiel, Mirko Faber
Since 14 November 2016, 38 cases of hepatitis A have been notified in Berlin; of these, 37 were male and 30 reported to have sex with men (MSM). Median age of MSM cases is 31 years (range: 24-52 years). Phylogenetic analysis revealed three distinct sequences, linking cases in Berlin to those in other German cities and to clusters recognised in other European countries in 2016.
February 2, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183395/swine-influenza-a-h1n1-virus-siv-infection-requiring-extracorporeal-life-support-in-an-immunocompetent-adult-patient-with-indirect-exposure-to-pigs-italy-october-2016
#9
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
We describe a case of severe swine influenza A(H1N1) virus infection in an immunocompetent middle-aged man in October 2016 in Italy who had only indirect exposure to pigs. The patient developed a severe acute distress respiratory syndrome which was successfully supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and treated with antiviral therapy. The sole risk factor for influenza was a body mass index > 30 kg/m(2). After a month of hospitalisation, the patient was discharged in good health.
February 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182539/live-attenuated-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-against-hospitalisation-due-to-laboratory-confirmed-influenza-in-children-two-to-six-years-of-age-in-england-in-the-2015-16-season
#10
Richard Pebody, Bersabeh Sile, Fiona Warburton, Mary Sinnathamby, Camille Tsang, Hongxin Zhao, Joanna Ellis, Nick Andrews
The United Kingdom is introducing a universal annual influenza vaccination programme for children. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) effectiveness (VE) against laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalisation in 2 to 6 year-olds in England was measured in 2015/16 using the screening method. VE adjusted for age, geography and month was 54.5% (95% confidence interval (CI): 31.5% to 68.4%) for all influenza types combined; 48.3% (95% CI: 16.9% to 67.8%) for A(H1N1)pdm09 and 70.6% (95% CI: 33.2% to 87.1%) for B...
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182538/febrile-illness-in-healthcare-workers-caring-for-ebola-virus-disease-patients-in-a-high-resource-setting
#11
Douglas Fink, Ian Cropley, Michael Jacobs, Stephen Mepham
Ebola virus disease (EVD) patients treated in high-resource facilities are cared for by large numbers of healthcare staff. Monitoring these healthcare workers (HCWs) for any illness that may represent transmission of Ebola virus is important both for the individuals and to minimise the community risk. International policies for monitoring HCWs vary considerably and their effectiveness is unknown. Here we describe the United Kingdom (UK) experience of illness in HCWs who cared for three patients who acquired EVD in West Africa...
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181904/hepatitis-a-among-refugees-asylum-seekers-and-migrants-living-in-hosting-facilities-greece-april-to-december-2016
#12
Kassiani Mellou, Anthi Chrisostomou, Theologia Sideroglou, Theano Georgakopoulou, Maria Kyritsi, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Sotirios Tsiodras
An increased number of hepatitis A cases among refugees, asylum seekers and migrants residing in hosting facilities in Greece were recorded between April and December 2016. In total, 177 laboratory-confirmed symptomatic cases were reported; of these, 149 (84%) occurred in hosting camps mostly among Syrian children under 15 years. All cases reported symptom onset after their entry into the country. Public health interventions focused on hygiene measures and vaccination.
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181903/widespread-activity-of-multiple-lineages-of-usutu-virus-western-europe-2016
#13
Daniel Cadar, Renke Lühken, Henk van der Jeugd, Mutien Garigliany, Ute Ziegler, Markus Keller, Jennifer Lahoreau, Lars Lachmann, Norbert Becker, Marja Kik, Bas B Oude Munnink, Stefan Bosch, Egbert Tannich, Annick Linden, Volker Schmidt, Marion P Koopmans, Jolianne Rijks, Daniel Desmecht, Martin H Groschup, Chantal Reusken, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
In the summer of 2016, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands reported widespread Usutu virus (USUV) activity based on live and dead bird surveillance. The causative USUV strains represented four lineages, of which two putative novel lineages were most likely recently introduced into Germany and spread to other western European countries. The spatial extent of the outbreak area corresponded with R0 values > 1. The occurrence of the outbreak, the largest USUV epizootic registered so far in Europe, allowed us to gain insight in how a recently introduced arbovirus with potential public health implications can spread and become a resident pathogen in a naïve environment...
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181902/steep-rise-in-norovirus-cases-and-emergence-of-a-new-recombinant-strain-gii-p16-gii-2-germany-winter-2016
#14
S Niendorf, S Jacobsen, M Faber, A M Eis-Hübinger, J Hofmann, O Zimmermann, M Höhne, C T Bock
Since early November 2016, the number of laboratory-confirmed norovirus infections reported in Germany has been increasing steeply. Here, we report the detection and genetic characterisation of an emerging norovirus recombinant, GII.P16-GII.2. This strain was frequently identified as the cause of sporadic cases as well as outbreaks in nine federal states of Germany. Our findings suggest that the emergence of GII.P16-GII.2 contributed to rising case numbers of norovirus gastroenteritis in Germany.
January 26, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128730/infectious-zika-virus-in-vaginal-secretions-from-an-hiv-infected-woman-france-august-2016
#15
Pauline Penot, Ségolène Brichler, Jean Guilleminot, Caroline Lascoux-Combe, Olivier Taulera, Emmanuel Gordien, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Jean-Michel Molina
A woman with controlled HIV infection developed in late August 2016 a pruritic rash with fever and conjunctival hyperaemia after a trip to the French Caribbean islands. On day 3 after symptom onset, Zika virus RNA was detected in plasma, urine and vaginal samples with respective viral loads of 3.8, 6.1 and 5.3 log copies/mL. Notably, we demonstrated the presence of infectious Zika virus particles in the vaginal samples by isolation in cell culture.
January 19, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128092/large-measles-epidemic-in-the-netherlands-may-2013-to-march-2014-changing-epidemiology
#16
Tom Woudenberg, Rob S van Binnendijk, Elisabeth A M Sanders, Jacco Wallinga, Hester E de Melker, Wilhelmina L M Ruijs, Susan J M Hahné
Since the early 1990s, the Netherlands has experienced several large measles epidemics, in 1992-94, 1999-2000 and in 2013-14. These outbreaks mainly affected orthodox Protestants, a geographically clustered population with overall lower measles-mumps-rubella first dose (MMR-1) vaccination coverage (60%) than the rest of the country (> 95%). In the 2013-14 epidemic described here, which occurred between 27 May 2013 and 12 March 2014, 2,700 cases were reported. Several control measures were implemented including MMR vaccination for 6-14-month-olds and recommendations to reduce the risk in healthcare workers...
January 19, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128091/development-of-oseltamivir-and-zanamivir-resistance-in-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-virus-denmark-2014
#17
Ramona Trebbien, Svend Stenvang Pedersen, Kristine Vorborg, Kristina Træholt Franck, Thea Kølsen Fischer
Antiviral treatment of immunocompromised patients with prolonged influenza virus infection can lead to multidrug resistance. This study reveals the selection of antiviral resistance mutations in influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in an immunocompromised patient during a 6-month period. The patient was treated with two courses of oseltamivir (5 days and 2 months, respectively), with the first course starting at symptom onset, and subsequently zanamivir (2 months and 10 days, respectively). Respiratory samples were investigated by Sanger and next generation sequencing (NGS) and, for NGS data, low-frequency-variant-detection analysis was performed...
January 19, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128090/ongoing-outbreak-of-invasive-and-non-invasive-disease-due-to-group-a-streptococcus-gas-type-emm66-among-homeless-and-people-who-inject-drugs-in-england-and-wales-january-to-december-2016
#18
Nick Bundle, Laura Bubba, Juliana Coelho, Rachel Kwiatkowska, Rachel Cloke, Sarah King, Jill Rajan-Iyer, Max Courtney-Pillinger, Charles R Beck, Vivian Hope, Theresa Lamagni, Colin S Brown, Daiga Jermacane, Rachel Glass, Monica Desai, Maya Gobin, Sooria Balasegaram, Charlotte Anderson
We report an outbreak of invasive and non-invasive disease due to an unusual type of Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus, emm66) among a vulnerable, largely homeless population in southern England and Wales, detected in September 2016. Twenty-seven confirmed cases were subsequently identified between 5 January and 29 December 2016; 20 injected drugs and six reported problematic alcohol use. To date, we have ruled out drug-related vehicles of infection and identified few common risk factors.
January 19, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106530/letter-to-the-editor-need-for-a-european-network-for-enterovirus-d68-surveillance-after-detections-of-ev-d68-of-the-new-b3-lineage-in-sweden-and-italy-2016
#19
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Elena Pariani, Laura Pellegrinelli, Alessandra Di Cesare Merlone, Antonio Piralla, Fausto Baldanti, Sandro Binda
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January 12, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106529/a-joint-cross-border-investigation-of-a-cluster-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-austria-romania-and-germany-in-2014-using-classic-genotyping-and-whole-genome-sequencing-methods-lessons-learnt
#20
Lena Fiebig, Thomas A Kohl, Odette Popovici, Margarita Mühlenfeld, Alexander Indra, Daniela Homorodean, Domnica Chiotan, Elvira Richter, Sabine Rüsch-Gerdes, Beatrix Schmidgruber, Patrick Beckert, Barbara Hauer, Stefan Niemann, Franz Allerberger, Walter Haas
Molecular surveillance of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) using 24-loci MIRU-VNTR in the European Union suggests the occurrence of international transmission. In early 2014, Austria detected a molecular MDR-TB cluster of five isolates. Links to Romania and Germany prompted the three countries to investigate possible cross-border MDR-TB transmission jointly. We searched genotyping databases, genotyped additional isolates from Romania, used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to infer putative transmission links, and investigated pairwise epidemiological links and patient mobility...
January 12, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
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