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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443999/first-reported-enterovirus-d68-infection-in-pediatric-patients-from-the-caribbean-region-evidence-of-spread-from-the-u-s-outbreak
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SueMin Nathaniel, Shalauddin Ahmed, Jennifer Wilson, Cristina Gutierrez, Dave D Chadee, Babatunde Olowokure, Pablo M de Salazar
The 2014 enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) outbreak in the United States raised concerns about the introduction of the virus in the Caribbean region. The objective of this study was to provide rapid evidence of the introduction of EV-D68 strains in the Caribbean region during the 2014 outbreak in the United States, using a relatively simple phylogenetic approach. From October 2014 to May 2015, four EV-D68 cases from two countries (Bermuda and Dominica) were detected at the regional referral laboratory at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) based on molecular testing of respiratory specimens...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443987/seroprevalence-of-bactericidal-antibodies-against-serogroup-b-and-c-meningococci-in-a-university-hospital
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C A C Gioia, A P S Lemos, M C O Gorla, R Mendoza-Sassi, B S Figueredo, T Ballester, A Von Groll, B Wedig, N V Ethur, L Bragança, P E A Silva, L G Milagres
Meningococcus serogroup B (MenB), clonal complex 32 (cc 32), was the Brazilian epidemic strain of meningococcal disease (MD) in the 1990's. Currently, meningococcus serogroup C (MenC), cc 103, is responsible for most of the cases of the disease in Brazil. The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of bactericidal antibody (SBA) against representative epidemic strains of MenC, (N753/00 strain, C:23:P1.22,14-6, cc103) and MenB, (Cu385/83 strain, B:4,7:P1.15,19, cc32) in students and employees of a university hospital in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil)...
April 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441422/automated-detection-of-hospital-outbreaks-a-systematic-review-of-methods
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Brice Leclère, David L Buckeridge, Pierre-Yves Boëlle, Pascal Astagneau, Didier Lepelletier
OBJECTIVES: Several automated algorithms for epidemiological surveillance in hospitals have been proposed. However, the usefulness of these methods to detect nosocomial outbreaks remains unclear. The goal of this review was to describe outbreak detection algorithms that have been tested within hospitals, consider how they were evaluated, and synthesize their results. METHODS: We developed a search query using keywords associated with hospital outbreak detection and searched the MEDLINE database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438142/%C3%AE-molecular-epidemiological-analysis-of-adenoviruses-from-excess-conjunctivitis-cases
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A Balasopoulou, P Κokkinos, D Pagoulatos, P Plotas, O E Makri, C D Georgakopoulos, A Vantarakis
BACKGROUND: Τo perform a molecular epidemiological analysis of viral conjunctivitis among excess conjunctivitis cases recorded at the University Hospital of Patras, Greece, for the period March to June 2012. METHODS: A structured questionnaire containing demographic and clinical data was developed in order to collect retrospective data on the cases. Eye swab specimens were collected and molecular detection of adenoviruses was performed by nested PCR. Positive results were confirmed by sequencing...
April 24, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437843/a-bayesian-belief-network-model-assessing-the-risk-to-wastewater-workers-of-contracting-ebola-virus-disease-during-an-outbreak
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Joseph W Zabinski, Kelsey J Pieper, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson
During an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), hospitals' connections to municipal wastewater systems may provide a path for patient waste bearing infectious viral particles to pass from the hospital into the wastewater treatment system, potentially posing risks to sewer and wastewater workers. To quantify these risks, we developed a Bayesian belief network model incorporating data on virus behavior and survival along with structural characteristics of hospitals and wastewater treatment systems. We applied the model to assess risks under several different scenarios of workers' exposure to wastewater for a wastewater system typical of a mid-sized U...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435193/can-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-prevalence-from-dairy-cows-in-india-act-as-potential-risk-for-community-associated-infections-a-review
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Sathish Gopal, Kurunchi C Divya
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is classified as hospital associated (HA), community associated (CA), livestock associated (LA) and is a global concern. Developing countries, like India, are densely populated country challenging for public hygiene practices. HA-MRSA is comfortably recorded in India, and CA-MRSA is also reported as increasing one. CA-MRSA is serious disease which affects the community as endemic. MRSA is one among major mastitis-causing organisms in India as LA-MRSA. There were reports for transmission of MRSA as community between milk handlers and cow in global perspective...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430899/mycobacterium-chimaera-infections-associated-with-contaminated-heater-cooler-devices-for-cardiac-surgery-outbreak-management
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Alexandre R Marra, Daniel J Diekema, Michael B Edmond
This paper focuses on assisting hospitals in establishing a rapid response for identification, notification, and evaluation of exposed patients, and management of HCDs with regards to placement and containment, environmental culturing, and disinfection.The global outbreak of Mycobacteriurm chimaera infections associated with heater-cooler devices (HCDs) presents several important, unique challenges for the infection prevention community. The primary focus of this paper is to assist hospitals in establishing a rapid response for identification, notification, and evaluation of exposed patients, and management of HCDs with regards to placement and containment, environmental culturing, and disinfection...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426643/incidence-and-trends-of-infections-with-pathogens-transmitted-commonly-through-food-and-the-effect-of-increasing-use-of-culture-independent-diagnostic-tests-on-surveillance-foodborne-diseases-active-surveillance-network-10-u-s-sites-2013-2016
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Ellyn P Marder, Paul R Cieslak, Alicia B Cronquist, John Dunn, Sarah Lathrop, Therese Rabatsky-Ehr, Patricia Ryan, Kirk Smith, Melissa Tobin-D'Angelo, Duc J Vugia, Shelley Zansky, Kristin G Holt, Beverly J Wolpert, Michael Lynch, Robert Tauxe, Aimee L Geissler
Foodborne diseases represent a substantial public health concern in the United States. CDC's Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) monitors cases reported from 10 U.S. sites* of laboratory-diagnosed infections caused by nine enteric pathogens commonly transmitted through food. This report describes preliminary surveillance data for 2016 on the nine pathogens and changes in incidences compared with 2013-2015. In 2016, FoodNet identified 24,029 infections, 5,512 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths caused by these pathogens...
April 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418745/taiwan-s-experience-in-hospital-preparedness-and-response-for-emerging-infectious-diseases
#9
Hui-Yun Kao, Hai-Yun Ko, Peng Guo, Chang-Hsun Chen, Su-Mei Chou
The Communicable Disease Control Medical Network (CDCMN), established in 2003 after the SARS outbreak in Taiwan, has undergone several phases of modification in structure and activation. The main organizing principles of the CDCMN are centralized isolation of patients with severe highly infectious diseases and centralization of medical resources, as well as a network of designated regional hospitals like those in other countries. The CDCMN is made up of a command system, responding hospitals, and supporting hospitals...
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418290/invasive-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections-among-cardiothoracic-surgical-patients-exposed-to-heater-cooler-devices-1
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Meghan M Lyman, Cheri Grigg, Cara Bicking Kinsey, M Shannon Keckler, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Emily Cooper, Minn M Soe, Judith Noble-Wang, Allison Longenberger, Shane R Walker, Jeffrey R Miller, Joseph F Perz, Kiran M Perkins
Invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections may result from a previously unrecognized source of transmission, heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used during cardiac surgery. In July 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Health notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a cluster of NTM infections among cardiothoracic surgical patients at 1 hospital. We conducted a case-control study to identify exposures causing infection, examining 11 case-patients and 48 control-patients. Eight (73%) case-patients had a clinical specimen identified as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414004/clinical-virological-and-epidemiological-characterization-of-dengue-outbreak-in-myanmar-2015
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A K Kyaw, M M Ngwe Tun, M L Moi, T Nabeshima, K T Soe, S M Thwe, A A Myint, K T T Maung, W Aung, D Hayasaka, C C Buerano, K Z Thant, K Morita
Hospital-based surveillance was conducted at two widely separated regions in Myanmar during the 2015 dengue epidemic. Acute phase serum samples were collected from 332 clinically diagnosed dengue patients during the peak season of dengue cases. Viremia levels were measured by quantitative real-time PCR and plaque assays using FcγRIIA-expressing and non-FcγRIIA-expressing BHK cells to specifically determine the infectious virus particles. By serology and molecular techniques, 280/332 (84·3%) were confirmed as dengue patients...
April 17, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411480/hemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome-in-albania-focus-on-predictors-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-hfrs
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Elvana Rista, Arben Pilaca, Ilir Akshija, Ariol Rama, Endri Harja, Edmond Puca, Silvia Bino, Vilma Cadri, Majlinda Kota, Thereska Nestor, Harxhi Arjan
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a rodent borne zoonosis, caused by the members of the family Bunyaviridae, genus Hantavirus. The main clinical features of the infection by this virus family are fever, thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to identify, for the first time, characteristic features of HFRS in the Albanian population. STUDY DESIGN: The study comprised 33 consecutive patients admitted with suspected HFRS from April 2011-April 2016 at one center...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409290/comparison-of-clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-during-two-major-paediatric-meningitis-outbreaks-of-echovirus-30-and-other-non-polio-enteroviruses-in-germany-in-2008-and-2013
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H Rudolph, R Prieto Dernbach, M Walka, P Rey-Hinterkopf, V Melichar, E Muschiol, S Schweitzer-Krantz, J W Richter, C Weiss, S Böttcher, S Diedrich, H Schroten, T Tenenbaum
Viral meningitis is mainly caused by non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV). Large-scale data on the clinical characteristics between different outbreaks within the same region are lacking. This study aimed to analyse a possible influence of the circulating NPEV genotype on the disease outcome of affected children. A retrospective cohort study analysing two major outbreaks of NPEV meningitis in Germany in 2008 and 2013 was conducted in cooperation with the National Reference Centre for Poliomyelitis and Enteroviruses (NRC PE) and five German children's hospitals...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409055/enhanced-surveillance-for-the-third-united-nations-conference-on-small-island-developing-states-apia-samoa-september-2014
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Paul White, Salanieta Saketa, Alexis Durand, Saine Vaai-Nielsen, Tile Ah Leong-Lui, Take Naseri, Ailuai Matalima, Filipina Amosa, Alize Mercier, Christelle Lepers, Vjesh Lal, Richard Wojcik, Sheri Lewis, Adam Roth, Yvan Souares, Onofre Edwin Merilles, Damian Hoy
The Ministry of Health in Samoa, in partnership with the Pacific Community, successfully implemented enhanced surveillance for the high-profile Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held concurrently with the popular local Teuila festival during a widespread chikungunya outbreak in September 2014. Samoa's weekly syndromic surveillance system was expanded to 12 syndromes and 10 sentinel sites from four syndromes and seven sentinel sites; sites included the national hospital, four private health clinics and three national health service clinics...
January 2017: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402712/investigation-of-a-staphylococcal-food-poisoning-outbreak-from-a-chantilly-cream-dessert-in-umbria-italy
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Laura Ercoli, Silvia Gallina, Yacine Nia, Frédéric Auvray, Sara Primavilla, Fabrizia Guidi, Benedetta Pierucci, Catia Graziotti, Lucia Decastelli, Stefania Scuota
On August 28, 2015, a staphylococcal food poisoning outbreak occurred in Umbria, Italy, affecting 24 of the 42 customers who had dinner at a local restaurant. About 3 h after ingesting a variety of foods, the customers manifested gastrointestinal symptoms. Within 24 h of notification from the hospital emergency department, Sanitary Inspectors of the local Public Health Unit performed an epidemiological investigation. A retrospective cohort study was conducted among the customers. Food and environmental samples were collected...
April 12, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401147/toxinotyping-and-sequencing-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-from-patients-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-northern-india
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Meenakshi Singh, Chetana Vaishnavi, Safrun Mahmood, Rakesh Kochhar
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is an important cause of infectious colitis among hospitalized patients across the globe. The pathogenic potential of C. difficile in producing significant morbidity and mortality is mainly due to production of toxins A and B. The outbreaks of C. difficile infection (CDI) are due to changes in the genetic sequences of the organism. There is hardly any molecular study reported on the prevalent types of C. difficile strains in India. Toxinotyping and sequencing of locally circulating C...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399151/the-recent-emergence-in-hospitals-of-multidrug-resistant-community-associated-sequence-type-1-and-spa-type-t127-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-investigated-by-whole-genome-sequencing-implications-for-screening
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Megan R Earls, Peter M Kinnevey, Gráinne I Brennan, Alexandros Lazaris, Mairead Skally, Brian O'Connell, Hilary Humphreys, Anna C Shore, David C Coleman
Community-associated spa type t127/t922 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevalence increased from 1%-7% in Ireland between 2010-2015. This study tracked the spread of 89 such isolates from June 2013-June 2016. These included 78 healthcare-associated and 11 community associated-MRSA isolates from a prolonged hospital outbreak (H1) (n = 46), 16 other hospitals (n = 28), four other healthcare facilities (n = 4) and community-associated sources (n = 11). Isolates underwent antimicrobial susceptibility testing, DNA microarray profiling and whole-genome sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397128/characteristics-and-treatment-of-patients-with-clinical-illness-due-to-synthetic-cannabinoid-inhalation-reported-by-medical-toxicologists-a-toxic-database-study
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Andrew A Monte, Diane P Calello, Roy R Gerona, Eike Hamad, Sharan L Campleman, Jeffery Brent, Paul Wax, Robert G Carlson
INTRODUCTION: Synthetic cannabinoid (SC) abuse has resulted in numerous outbreaks of severe clinical illness across the United States over the past decade. The primary objective of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics of patients abusing SC requiring bedside consultation by medical toxicologists. METHODS: This was a multicenter analysis from a prospectively collected cohort of patients presenting to medical care after synthetic cannabinoid exposure, utilizing the ToxIC Registry...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396479/heterogeneities-in-the-case-fatality-ratio-in-the-west-african-ebola-outbreak-2013-2016
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Tini Garske, Anne Cori, Archchun Ariyarajah, Isobel M Blake, Ilaria Dorigatti, Tim Eckmanns, Christophe Fraser, Wes Hinsley, Thibaut Jombart, Harriet L Mills, Gemma Nedjati-Gilani, Emily Newton, Pierre Nouvellet, Devin Perkins, Steven Riley, Dirk Schumacher, Anita Shah, Maria D Van Kerkhove, Christopher Dye, Neil M Ferguson, Christl A Donnelly
The 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest on record with 28 616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases and 11 310 deaths officially recorded by 10 June 2016, the true burden probably considerably higher. The case fatality ratio (CFR: proportion of cases that are fatal) is a key indicator of disease severity useful for gauging the appropriate public health response and for evaluating treatment benefits, if estimated accurately. We analysed individual-level clinical outcome data from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone officially reported to the World Health Organization...
May 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396132/clostridium-difficile-infection
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REVIEW
Luis Alcalá Hernández, Elena Reigadas Ramírez, Emilio Bouza Santiago
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea in industrialized countries and the source of a growing number of cases of diarrhea in the community. The outbreak of the hypervirulent strain belonging to ribotype 027 has increased the incidence and severity of CDI in some countries. Although CDI usually courses as a mild diarrhea it can lead to severe forms such as toxic megacolon or septic shock. One of every 2 episodes of CDI is not diagnosed in Spanish hospitals due to a lack of clinical suspicion or the use of insensitive diagnostic methods...
April 8, 2017: Medicina Clínica
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