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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672479/protracted-outbreak-of-salmonella-newport-infections-linked-to-ground-beef-possible-role-of-dairy-cows-21-states-2016-2017
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Katherine E Heiman Marshall, Mackenzie Tewell, Selam Tecle, Molly Leeper, Jennifer Sinatra, Bonnie Kissler, Adrienne Fung, Kerri Brown, Darlene Wagner, Eija Trees, Kelley B Hise, Vishnu Chaturvedi, Linda K Schlater, Brenda R Morningstar-Shaw, Laura Whitlock, Kristin Holt, Karen Becker, Megin Nichols, Ian T Williams, Michael Jhung, Matthew E Wise, Laura Gieraltowski
In January 2017, CDC identified a cluster of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections with isolates sharing an indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern, JJPX01.0010 (pattern 10), through PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance. This report summarizes the investigation by CDC, state and local health and agriculture departments, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) and discusses the possible role of dairy cows as a reservoir for strains of Salmonella that persistently cause human illness...
April 20, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608170/multiplexed-isothermal-amplification-based-diagnostic-platform-to-detect-zika-chikungunya-and-dengue-1
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Ozlem Yaren, Barry W Alto, Kevin M Bradley, Patricia Moussatche, Lyudmyla Glushakova, Steven A Benner
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes, causing diseases with similar patient symptoms. However, they have different downstream patient-to-patient transmission potentials, and require very different patient treatments. Thus, recent Zika outbreaks make it urgent to develop tools that rapidly discriminate these viruses in patients and trapped mosquitoes, to select the correct patient treatment, and to understand and manage their epidemiology in real time. Unfortunately, current diagnostic tests, including those receiving 2016 emergency use authorizations and fast-track status, detect viral RNA by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which requires instrumentation, trained users, and considerable sample preparation...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596223/syphilis-elimination-lessons-learned-again
#3
Jo A Valentine, Gail A Bolan
It is estimated that approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year in the United States. The federally-funded STD prevention program implemented by CDC is primarily focused on the prevention and control of the three most common bacterial STIs: syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. A range of factors facilitate the transmission and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis. In 1999 CDC launched the National Campaign to Eliminate Syphilis from the United States...
March 29, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386017/a-review-of-influenza-detection-and-prediction-through-social-networking-sites
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REVIEW
Ali Alessa, Miad Faezipour
Early prediction of seasonal epidemics such as influenza may reduce their impact in daily lives. Nowadays, the web can be used for surveillance of diseases. Search engines and social networking sites can be used to track trends of different diseases seven to ten days faster than government agencies such as Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC uses the Illness-Like Influenza Surveillance Network (ILINet), which is a program used to monitor Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) sent by thousands of health care providers in order to detect influenza outbreaks...
February 1, 2018: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324725/west-nile-virus-and-other-nationally-notifiable-arboviral-diseases-united-states-2016
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Alexis Burakoff, Jennifer Lehman, Marc Fischer, J Erin Staples, Nicole P Lindsey
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) are transmitted to humans primarily through the bites of infected mosquitoes and ticks. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease in the continental United States (1,2). Other arboviruses, including La Crosse, Powassan, Jamestown Canyon, St. Louis encephalitis, and eastern equine encephalitis viruses, cause sporadic cases of disease and occasional outbreaks. This report summarizes surveillance data reported to CDC for 2016 for nationally notifiable arboviruses...
January 12, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244000/identification-of-recent-cases-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-using-physical-chemical-properties-of-hypervariable-region-1-and-a-radial-basis-function-neural-network-classifier
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James Lara, Mahder Teka, Yury Khudyakov
BACKGROUND: Identification of acute or recent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections is important for detecting outbreaks and devising timely public health interventions for interruption of transmission. Epidemiological investigations and chemistry-based laboratory tests are 2 main approaches that are available for identification of acute HCV infection. However, owing to complexity, both approaches are not efficient. Here, we describe a new sequence alignment-free method to discriminate between recent (R) and chronic (C) HCV infection using next-generation sequencing (NGS) data derived from the HCV hypervariable region 1 (HVR1)...
December 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240727/health-and-development-at-age-19-24-months-of-19-children-who-were-born-with-microcephaly-and-laboratory-evidence-of-congenital-zika-virus-infection-during-the-2015-zika-virus-outbreak-brazil-2017
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Ashley Satterfield-Nash, Kim Kotzky, Jacob Allen, Jeanne Bertolli, Cynthia A Moore, Isabela Ornelas Pereira, André Pessoa, Flavio Melo, Ana Carolina Faria E Silva Santelli, Coleen A Boyle, Georgina Peacock
In November 2015, the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MOH) declared the Zika virus outbreak a public health emergency after an increase in microcephaly cases was reported in the northeast region of the country (1). During 2015-2016, 15 states in Brazil with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus transmission reported an increase in birth prevalence of microcephaly (2.8 cases per 10,000 live births), significantly exceeding prevalence in four states without confirmed transmission (0.6 per 10,000) (2). Although children with microcephaly and laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection have been described in early infancy (3), their subsequent health and development have not been well characterized, constraining planning for the care and support of these children and their families...
December 15, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227421/an-assessment-of-information-exchange-practices-challenges-and-opportunities-to-support-us-disease-surveillance-in-3-states
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Macarena C Garcia, Nedra Y Garrett, Vivian Singletary, Sheereen Brown, Tamara Hennessy-Burt, Gillian Haney, Kimberly Link, Jennifer Tripp, William R Mac Kenzie, Paula Yoon
BACKGROUND: State and local public health agencies collect and use surveillance data to identify outbreaks, track cases, investigate causes, and implement measures to protect the public-s health through various surveillance systems and data exchange practices. PURPOSE: The purpose of this assessment was to better understand current practices at state and local public health agencies for collecting, managing, processing, reporting, and exchanging notifiable disease surveillance information...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155657/frontline-field-epidemiology-training-programs-as-a-strategy-to-improve-disease-surveillance-and-response
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A McKenzie André, Augusto Lopez, Samantha Perkins, Stephanie Lambert, Lesley Chace, Nestor Noudeke, Aissatou Fall, Biagio Pedalino
Since 1980, Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) have trained highly qualified field epidemiologists to work for ministries of health (MOH) around the world. However, the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which primarily affected Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, demonstrated a lack of field epidemiologists at the local levels. Trained epidemiologists at these levels could have detected the Ebola outbreak earlier. In 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched FETP-Frontline, a 3-month field training program targeting local MOH staff in 24 countries to augment local public health capacity...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152576/meningococcal-antigen-typing-system-mats-based-neisseria-meningitidis-serogroup-b-coverage-prediction-for-the-menb-4c-vaccine-in-the-united-states
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Gowrisankar Rajam, Maria Stella, Ellie Kim, Simon Paulos, Giuseppe Boccadifuoco, Laura Serino, George Carlone, Duccio Medini
Neisseria meningitidis is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in children and young adults worldwide. A 4-component vaccine against N. meningitidis serogroup B (MenB) disease (MenB-4C [Bexsero]; GSK) combining factor H binding protein (fHBP), neisserial heparin binding protein (NHBA), neisserial adhesin A (NadA), and PorA-containing outer membrane vesicles was recently approved for use in the United States and other countries worldwide. Because the public health impact of MenB-4C in the United States is unclear, we used the meningococcal antigen typing system (MATS) to assess the strain coverage in a panel of strains representative of serogroup B (NmB) disease in the United States...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138004/development-of-an-empirical-model-to-predict-malaria-outbreaks-based-on-monthly-case-reports-and-climate-variables-in-hefei-china-1990-2011
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J X Zhai, Q Lu, W B Hu, S L Tong, B Wang, F T Yang, Z W Xu, S P Xun, X H Shen
Malaria remains a significant public health concern in developing countries. Drivers of malaria transmission vary across different geographical regions. Climatic variables are major risk factor in seasonal and secular patterns of P. vivax malaria transmission along Anhui province. The study aims to forecast malaria outbreaks using empirical model developed in Hefei, China. Data on the monthly numbers of notified malaria cases and climatic factors were obtained for the period of January 1st 1990 to December 31st 2011 from the Hefei CDC and Anhui Institute of Meteorological Sciences, respectively...
February 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121003/surveillance-for-waterborne-disease-outbreaks-associated-with-drinking-water-united-states-2013-2014
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Katharine M Benedict, Hannah Reses, Marissa Vigar, David M Roth, Virginia A Roberts, Mia Mattioli, Laura A Cooley, Elizabeth D Hilborn, Timothy J Wade, Kathleen E Fullerton, Jonathan S Yoder, Vincent R Hill
Provision of safe water in the United States is vital to protecting public health (1). Public health agencies in the U.S. states and territories* report information on waterborne disease outbreaks to CDC through the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) (https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/surveillance/index.html). During 2013-2014, 42 drinking water-associated† outbreaks were reported, accounting for at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths. Legionella was associated with 57% of these outbreaks and all of the deaths...
November 10, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092812/combining-participatory-influenza-surveillance-with-modeling-and-forecasting-three-alternative-approaches
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John S Brownstein, Shuyu Chu, Achla Marathe, Madhav V Marathe, Andre T Nguyen, Daniela Paolotti, Nicola Perra, Daniela Perrotta, Mauricio Santillana, Samarth Swarup, Michele Tizzoni, Alessandro Vespignani, Anil Kumar S Vullikanti, Mandy L Wilson, Qian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Influenza outbreaks affect millions of people every year and its surveillance is usually carried out in developed countries through a network of sentinel doctors who report the weekly number of Influenza-like Illness cases observed among the visited patients. Monitoring and forecasting the evolution of these outbreaks supports decision makers in designing effective interventions and allocating resources to mitigate their impact. OBJECTIVE: Describe the existing participatory surveillance approaches that have been used for modeling and forecasting of the seasonal influenza epidemic, and how they can help strengthen real-time epidemic science and provide a more rigorous understanding of epidemic conditions...
November 1, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036392/update-from-the-advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices
#14
Sean T O'Leary, David W Kimberlin
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts, meets 3 times per year to develop recommendations for vaccine use in the United States. The group has 15 voting members, and each member's term is 4 years. ACIP members and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff discuss the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccine research, effectiveness, safety data, and clinical trial results. Representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics (Carrie L...
November 24, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984751/bla-oxa48-gene-microorganisms-outbreak-in-a-tertiary-children-s-hospital-over-3-years-2012-2014-case-report
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Rafael Herruzo, Guillermo Ruiz, Veronica Perez-Blanco, Sara Gallego, Eduardo Mora, Maria Jose Vizcaino, Felix Omeñaca
RATIONALE: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are an emerging problem in children. Nosocomial spread remains the principal risk factor for acquisition of these microorganisms. PATIENTS CONCERNS: We describe an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae OXA48 (KOXA48) in a tertiary children's hospital during the years 2012 to 2014, as well as the preventive measures put in place in colonized and infected cases. DIAGNOSES: We studied, "in vitro," the KOXA48 susceptibility to antiseptics and surface disinfectants...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981484/human-adenovirus-surveillance-united-states-2003-2016
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Alison M Binder, Holly M Biggs, Amber K Haynes, Christina Chommanard, Xiaoyan Lu, Dean D Erdman, John T Watson, Susan I Gerber
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are nonenveloped, double-stranded DNA viruses in the family Adenoviridae; seven species (A-G) and >60 genotypes are known to cause human infection (1). Clinical manifestations associated with HAdV infection include fever, acute respiratory illness, gastroenteritis, and conjunctivitis. HAdV infection can be severe, particularly among immunocompromised patients, and can cause respiratory failure, disseminated infection, hemorrhagic cystitis, neurologic disease, and death (1,2). Illness tends to occur sporadically and without demonstrated seasonality...
October 6, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961606/evaluation-of-syndromic-surveillance-systems-in-6-us-state-and-local-health-departments
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Mathew J Thomas, Paula W Yoon, James M Collins, Arthur J Davidson, William R Mac Kenzie
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating public health surveillance systems is critical to ensuring that conditions of public health importance are appropriately monitored. Our objectives were to qualitatively evaluate 6 state and local health departments that were early adopters of syndromic surveillance in order to (1) understand the characteristics and current uses, (2) identify the most and least useful syndromes to monitor, (3) gauge the utility for early warning and outbreak detection, and (4) assess how syndromic surveillance impacted their daily decision making...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890593/examples-of-applied-public-health-through-the-work-of-the-epidemic-intelligence-service-officers-at-cdc-s-national-center-for-environmental-health-2006-2015
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Yulia I Carroll, Fauzia A Rashid, Henry Falk, Meredith M Howley
The Epidemic Intelligence Service officers (EISOs) at the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) respond to public health outbreaks, assist public health surveillance, and recommend public health actions. We summarize the breadth of work done by EISOs assigned to NCEH/ATSDR during 2006-2015. We used the Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed databases to identify articles authored by the EISOs, number and types of epidemiologic assistance field investigations (Epi-Aids), and interviewed NCEH/ATSDR programs with EISO assignees...
2017: Public Health Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814955/characterization-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-strains-isolated-from-hospitalized-patients-in-palestine
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Regeen Handal, Lulu Qunibi, Ibrahim Sahouri, Maha Juhari, Rula Dawodi, Hiyam Marzouqa, Musa Hindiyeh
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes Acinetobacter baumannii as a source of global outbreaks and epidemics especially due to its increasing resistance to commercially available antibiotics. In this study, 69 single patient multidrug resistant isolates collected from all over Palestine, except Gaza, were studied. All the isolates were resistant to all the β-lactam antibiotics including the carbapenems. Of the 69 isolates, 82.6% were positive for blaOXA-23, 14.5% were positive for blaOXA-24, and 3% were positive for blaOXA-58...
2017: International Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764772/phlebotomine-sand-fly-survey-in-the-focus-of-leishmaniasis-in-madrid-spain-2012-2014-seasonal-dynamics-leishmania-infantum-infection-rates-and-blood-meal-preferences
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Estela González, Maribel Jiménez, Sonia Hernández, Inés Martín-Martín, Ricardo Molina
BACKGROUND: An unusual increase of human leishmaniasis cases due to Leishmania infantum is occurring in an urban area of southwestern Madrid, Spain, since 2010. Entomological surveys have shown that Phlebotomus perniciosus is the only potential vector. Direct xenodiagnosis in hares (Lepus granatensis) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) collected in the focus area proved that they can transmit parasites to colonized P. perniciosus. Isolates were characterized as L. infantum. The aim of the present work was to conduct a comprehensive study of sand flies in the outbreak area, with special emphasis on P...
August 1, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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