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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917962/human-and-animal-health-surveys-among-pastoralists
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E Schelling, H Greter, H Kessely, M F Abakar, B N Ngandolo, L Crump, B Bold, J Kasymbekov, Z Baljinnyam, G Fokou, J Zinsstag, B Bonfoh, J Hattendorf, M Béchir
Valid human and livestock health surveys, including longitudinal follow-up, are feasible among mobile pastoralists and provide fundamental information to agencies for interventions that are responsive to realities and effective in addressing the needs of pastoralists. However, pastoralists are often excluded from studies, surveillance systems and health programmes. The occurrence of preventable and treatable diseases such as perinatal tetanus, measles and tuberculosis are indicative of limited access to health providers and information...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917960/a-vision-for-the-future-of-pastoralism
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J Zinsstag, B Bonfoh, G Zinsstag, L Crump, I O Alfaroukh, M F Abakar, J Kasymbekov, Z Baljinnyam, K Liechti, M A Seid, E Schelling
Pastoral regions are challenged by social and ecological changes. Yet, there is increasingly robust evidence that pastoralism is a viable and sustainable livelihood and that pastoralists play a role in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this issue of the Scientific and Technical Review of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the authors take a broad view of pastoralism and pastoral livestock production from a number of different perspectives, taking into account societal and ecological viewpoints as well as issues of animal and human health...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917164/longitudinal-study-of-two-irish-dairy-herds-low-numbers-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-and-o26-super-shedders-identified
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Brenda P Murphy, Evonne McCabe, Mary Murphy, James F Buckley, Dan Crowley, Séamus Fanning, Geraldine Duffy
A 12-month longitudinal study was undertaken on two dairy herds to ascertain the Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 and O26 shedding status of the animals and its impact (if any) on raw milk. Cattle are a recognized reservoir for these organisms with associated public health and environmental implications. Animals shedding E. coli O157 at >10,000 CFU/g of feces have been deemed super-shedders. There is a gap in the knowledge regarding super-shedding of other STEC serogroups. A cohort of 40 lactating cows from herds previously identified as positive for STEC in a national surveillance project were sampled every second month between August, 2013 and July, 2014...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915108/how-should-we-respond-to-the-emergence-of-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-in-humans-and-animals
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REVIEW
Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Ramanan Laxminarayan, Marc Mendelson
OBJECTIVE: The widespread use of antibiotics in humans and animals contributes to growing rates of antibiotic resistance. Previously treatable bacterial infections now require the last line of antibiotics or are untreatable. For carbapenem-resistant, Gram-negative bacterial infections the antibiotic of last resort is now often colistin. In this review, we present the evidence for the shifting pattern of colistin resistance and discuss how the international community should respond. METHODS: This is a literature review of colistin resistance...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905983/current-tobacco-use-and-its-associated-factors-among-adults-in-a-country-with-comprehensive-ban-on-tobacco-findings-from-the-nationally-representative-steps-survey-bhutan-2014
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Mongal Singh Gurung, Dorji Pelzom, Tandin Dorji, Wangchuk Drukpa, Chador Wangdi, Palanivel Chinnakali, Sonu Goel
BACKGROUND: Despite a comprehensive ban on cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of tobacco products since 2004, two nationwide surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013 reported high tobacco use in Bhutan. National Health Survey 2012 reported that 4 % of the population aged 15-75 years used smoked tobacco and about 48 % used smokeless tobacco. Similarly, Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) of Bhutan reported tobacco use prevalence of 30.3 % in 2013. However, factors associated with this high tobacco use were not systematically studied...
August 8, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903326/characterizing-areas-of-potential-human-exposure-to-eastern-equine-encephalitis-virus-using-serological-and-clinical-data-from-horses
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J-P Rocheleau, J Arsenault, N H Ogden, L R Lindsay, M Drebot, P Michel
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but severe emerging vector-borne disease affecting human and animal populations in the northeastern United States where it is endemic. Key knowledge gaps remain about the epidemiology of EEE virus (EEEV) in areas where its emergence has more recently been reported. In Eastern Canada, viral activity has been recorded in mosquitoes and horses throughout the 2000s but cases of EEEV in humans have not been reported so far. This study was designed to provide an assessment of possible EEEV human exposure by modelling environmental risk factors for EEEV in horses, identifying high-risk environments and mapping risk in the province of Quebec, Canada...
December 1, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903060/satellite-imagery-technology-in-public-health-analysis-of-site-catchment-areas-for-assessment-of-poliovirus-circulation-in-nigeria-and-niger
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Marina Takane, Shizu Yabe, Yumiko Tateshita, Yusuke Kobayashi, Akihiko Hino, Kazuo Isono, Hiromasa Okayasu, Ousmane M Diop, Takeo Tadono
Environmental surveillance supplements the surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis by monitoring wastewater for poliovirus circulation. Building on previous work, we analysed wastewater flow to optimise selection and placement of sampling sites with higher digital surface model (DSM) resolution. The newly developed 5-m mesh DSM from the panchromatic, remote-sensing instruments for stereo mapping on-board the Japanese advanced land observing satellite was used to estimate catchment areas and flow of sewage water based on terrain topography...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902453/environmental-and-occupational-exposure-to-cadmium-in-iran-a-systematic-review
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Leila Tavakkoli, Narges Khanjani
INTRODUCTION: Cadmium (Cd) is one of the heavy metals that have negative effects on human health. In Iran, there is no policy to regularly measure Cd in the general population. However, some studies have been performed on special groups and in different cities of Iran. This paper has reviewed these studies and human contamination levels in Iran. METHOD AND MATERIALS: All accessible electronic information resources such as Scientific Information Database (SID), Magiran, IranMedex, PubMed, Web of Knowledge, Google Scholar and Science Direct were searched, with relevant phrases and their Persian translations...
December 1, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899751/air-pollution-is-associated-with-ischemic-stroke-via-cardiogenic-embolism
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Jong-Won Chung, Oh Young Bang, Kangmo Ahn, Sang-Soon Park, Tai Hwan Park, Jae Guk Kim, Youngchai Ko, SooJoo Lee, Kyung Bok Lee, Jun Lee, Kyusik Kang, Jong-Moo Park, Yong-Jin Cho, Keun-Sik Hong, Hyun-Wook Nah, Dae-Hyun Kim, Jae-Kwan Cha, Wi-Sun Ryu, Dong-Eog Kim, Joon-Tae Kim, Jay Chol Choi, Mi-Sun Oh, Kyung-Ho Yu, Byung-Chul Lee, Ji Sung Lee, Juneyoung Lee, Hong-Kyun Park, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assessed the impact of short-term exposure to air pollution on ischemic stroke subtype, while focusing on stroke caused via cardioembolism. METHODS: From a nationwide, multicenter, prospective, stroke registry database, 13 535 patients with acute ischemic stroke hospitalized to 12 participating centers were enrolled in this study. Data on the hourly concentrations of particulate matter <10 μm, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and carbon monoxide (CO) were collected from 181 nationwide air pollution surveillance stations...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895911/under-five-mortality-among-displaced-populations-in-meheba-refugee-camp-zambia-2008-2014
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Nachela Malisenti Chelwa, Rosemary Ndonyo Likwa, Jeremiah Banda
BACKGROUND: Under-five mortality, which is the probability of a child dying before their fifth birthday, is of concern in Zambia as infant and child mortality rates are important social indicators. Displaced population in camps provide a basis for under-five mortality surveillance because detailed registration databases have been developed. Additionally, health data routinely collected on mortality allowed for a review of mortality trends and identification of correlating factors to under-five mortality...
2016: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894679/use-of-the-lymphocyte-cytokinesis-block-micronucleus-assay-in-occupational-biomonitoring-of-genome-damage-caused-by-in-vivo-exposure-to-chemical-genotoxins-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Armen Nersesyan, Michael Fenech, Claudia Bolognesi, Miroslav Mišík, Tahereh Setayesh, Georg Wultsch, Stefano Bonassi, Philip Thomas, Siegfried Knasmüller
This article concerns the use of the lymphocyte cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay in biomonitoring of occupational and environmental exposures to genotoxic agents. Furthermore, we evaluated the use of this method in different exposure scenarios, in comparison to other DNA damage biomarkers and its regional distribution. So far ca. 400 studies have been published and the number increased substantially in the last years. The most frequently investigated groups are hospital personnel, followed by workers in the chemical industry and agricultural workers...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876041/time-series-analysis-of-malaria-in-afghanistan-using-arima-models-to-predict-future-trends-in-incidence
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Mohammad Y Anwar, Joseph A Lewnard, Sunil Parikh, Virginia E Pitzer
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains endemic in Afghanistan. National control and prevention strategies would be greatly enhanced through a better ability to forecast future trends in disease incidence. It is, therefore, of interest to develop a predictive tool for malaria patterns based on the current passive and affordable surveillance system in this resource-limited region. METHODS: This study employs data from Ministry of Public Health monthly reports from January 2005 to September 2015...
November 22, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875856/antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-in-the-genomic-age
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Andrew G McArthur, Kara K Tsang
The loss of effective antimicrobials is reducing our ability to protect the global population from infectious disease. However, the field of antibiotic drug discovery and the public health monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is beginning to exploit the power of genome and metagenome sequencing. The creation of novel AMR bioinformatics tools and databases and their continued development will advance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms and threat severity of antibiotic resistance, while simultaneously improving our ability to accurately predict and screen for antibiotic resistance genes within environmental, agricultural, and clinical settings...
November 22, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866492/predictive-modelling-of-ross-river-virus-notifications-in-southeastern-australia
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Z Cutcher, E Williamson, S E Lynch, S Rowe, H J Clothier, S M Firestone
Ross River virus (RRV) is a mosquito-borne virus endemic to Australia. The disease, marked by arthritis, myalgia and rash, has a complex epidemiology involving several mosquito species and wildlife reservoirs. Outbreak years coincide with climatic conditions conducive to mosquito population growth. We developed regression models for human RRV notifications in the Mildura Local Government Area, Victoria, Australia with the objective of increasing understanding of the relationships in this complex system, providing trigger points for intervention and developing a forecast model...
November 21, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860367/multidrug-resistant-outbreak-associated-salmonella-strains-in-irrigation-water-from-the-metropolitan-region-chile
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M C Martínez, P Retamal, J F Rojas-Aedo, J Fernández, A Fernández, L Lapierre
Salmonella enterica (S. enterica) is the main cause of foodborne diseases in the Chilean population. With the aim of characterizing the presence of S. enterica in bodies of water, samples from 40 sources were obtained, including rivers and irrigation canals used by agricultural farms in the most populated regions of Chile. As result, 35 S. enterica isolates belonging to several serotypes were detected, with the highest frequency represented by Typhimurium and Enteritidis. All strains showed phenotypic antimicrobial resistance, and most of them were multiresistant to critically important antimicrobials...
November 12, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855066/chromosome-encoded-blaoxa-48-like-variants-in-shewanella-spp-from-food-producing-animals-fish-and-the-aquatic-environment
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Daniela Ceccarelli, Alieda van Essen-Zandbergen, Kees T Veldman, Nedzib Tafro, Olga Haenen, Dik J Mevius
Carbapenems are considered last resort antibiotics in health care. Increasing reports of carbapenemase-producing bacteria in food-producing animals and in the environment are of importance for public health. Surveillance for carbapenemase genes and carbapenemase-producing bacteria in Dutch food-producing animals, environmental freshwater and imported ornamental fish detected several chromosomally-encoded blaOXA-48-like variants in Shewanella spp. including two new alleles, blaOXA-514 and blaOXA-515 Carbapenemase genes were not associated with mobile genetic elements nor Enterobacteriaceae...
November 14, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854311/care-seeking-for-diarrhoea-in-southern-malawi-attitudes-practices-and-implications-for-diarrhoea-control
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Salule Masangwi, Neil Ferguson, Anthony Grimason, Tracy Morse, Lawrence Kazembe
This paper examined care-seeking behaviour and its associated risk factors when a family member had diarrhoea. Data was obtained from a survey conducted in Chikwawa, a district in Southern Malawi. Chikwawa is faced with a number of environmental and socioeconomic problems and currently diarrhoea morbidity in the district is estimated at 24.4%, statistically higher than the national average of 17%. Using hierarchically built data from a survey of 1403 households nested within 33 communities, a series of two level binary logistic regression models with Bayesian estimation were used to determine predictors of care-seeking behaviour...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843438/a-decade-long-commitment-to-antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-in-portugal
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REVIEW
Catarina M Marinho, Tiago Santos, Alexandre Gonçalves, Patrícia Poeta, Gilberto Igrejas
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a worldwide problem with serious health and economic repercussions. Since the 1940s, underuse, overuse, and misuse of antibiotics have had a significant environmental downside. Large amounts of antibiotics not fully metabolized after use in human and veterinary medicine, and other applications, are annually released into the environment. The result has been the development and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant bacteria due to many years of selective pressure. Surveillance of AMR provides important information that helps in monitoring and understanding how resistance mechanisms develop and disseminate within different environments...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833671/characterization-of-chemical-suicides-in-the-united-states-and-its-adverse-impact-on-responders-and-bystanders
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Ayana R Anderson
INTRODUCTION: A suicide trend that involves mixing household chemicals to produce hydrogen sulfide or hydrogen cyanide, commonly referred to as a detergent, hydrogen sulfide, or chemical suicide is a continuing problem in the United States (U.S.). Because there is not one database responsible for tracking chemical suicides, the actual number of incidents in the U.S. is unknown. To prevent morbidity and mortality associated with chemical suicides, it is important to characterize the incidents that have occurred in the U...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826113/towards-understanding-the-epidemiology-of-neisseria-meningitidis-in-the-african-meningitis-belt-a-multi-disciplinary-overview
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REVIEW
Lydiane Agier, Nadège Martiny, Oumy Thiongane, Judith E Mueller, Juliette Paireau, Eleanor R Watkins, Tom J Irving, Thibaut Koutangni, Hélène Broutin
OBJECTIVES: Neisseria meningitidis is the major cause of seasonal meningitis epidemics in the African meningitis belt. In the changing context of a reduction in incidence of serogroup A and an increase in incidence of serogroups W and C and of Streptococcus pneumoniae, a better understanding of the determinants driving the disease transmission dynamics remains crucial to improving bacterial meningitis control. METHODS: The literature was searched to provide a multi-disciplinary overview of the determinants of meningitis transmission dynamics in the African meningitis belt...
November 5, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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