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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344031/age-period-cohort-analysis-of-obesity-and-overweight-in-iranian-children-and-adolescents
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Mostafa Hosseini, Roya Kelishadi, Masoud Baikpour, Neamatollah Ataei, Mostafa Qorbani, Mahmoud Yousefifard, Ramin Heshmat, Mohammad-Esmail Motlagh, Behnaz Bazargani, Arash Abbasi, Kazem Mohammad
Background: To date, few studies looked upon obesity and overweight in children and adolescents through the 3 different temporal dimensions of age, period, and cohort. The current study aimed at evaluating the trends of these health issues among children under 19 years old using the age-period-cohort (APC) analysis. Methods: Data gathered through 5 cross sectional studies including 2 national health surveillance (1990 - 91 and 1999), and 3 CASPIAN surveys (2003, 2009, and 2011)...
October 2017: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343413/exposure-to-and-colonisation-by-antibiotic-resistant-e-coli-in-uk-coastal-water-users-environmental-surveillance-exposure-assessment-and-epidemiological-study-beach-bum-survey
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Anne F C Leonard, Lihong Zhang, Andrew J Balfour, Ruth Garside, Peter M Hawkey, Aimee K Murray, Obioha C Ukoumunne, William H Gaze
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) present a global public health problem. With numbers of community-acquired resistant infections increasing, understanding the mechanisms by which people are exposed to and colonised by ARB can help inform effective strategies to prevent their spread. The role natural environments play in this is poorly understood. This is the first study to combine surveillance of ARB in bathing waters, human exposure estimates and association between exposure and colonisation by ARB in water users...
December 7, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340454/human-leptospirosis-in-the-federal-district-brazil-2011-2015-eco-epidemiological-characterization
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Ivanildo de Oliveira Correia Santos, Marina Frota de Albuquerque Landi, Laurício Monteiro Cruz, Maria Isabel Rao Bofill, Divino Eterno Dos Santos, Eduardo Maurício Mendes de Lima, Márcio Botelho de Castro
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that affects more than 5,000 people per year in Brazil. The Federal District (FD) lacks epidemiological studies of human leptospirosis and presents concerning rates of this disease, especially considering its lethality. METHODS: Seventy-nine autochthonous human cases of leptospirosis between 2011 and 2015 were analyzed, with the probable infection location serving as a basis for the collection and analysis of the environmental and epidemiological variables...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324858/mapping-the-geographical-distribution-of-podoconiosis-in-cameroon-using-parasitological-serological-and-clinical-evidence-to-exclude-other-causes-of-lymphedema
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Kebede Deribe, Amuam Andrew Beng, Jorge Cano, Abdel Jelil Njouendo, Jerome Fru-Cho, Abong Raphael Awah, Mathias Esum Eyong, Patrick W Chounna Ndongmo, Emanuele Giorgi, David M Pigott, Nick Golding, Rachel L Pullan, Abdisalan M Noor, Fikre Enquselassie, Christopher J L Murray, Simon J Brooker, Simon I Hay, Peter Enyong, Melanie J Newport, Samuel Wanji, Gail Davey
BACKGROUND: Podoconiosis is a non-filarial elephantiasis, which causes massive swelling of the lower legs. It was identified as a neglected tropical disease by WHO in 2011. Understanding of the geographical distribution of the disease is incomplete. As part of a global mapping of podoconiosis, this study was conducted in Cameroon to map the distribution of the disease. This mapping work will help to generate data on the geographical distribution of podoconiosis in Cameroon and contribute to the global atlas of podoconiosis...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324565/assessment-of-child-lead-exposure-in-a-philadelphia-community-2014
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Timothy Dignam, Ana Pomales, Lora Werner, E Claire Newbern, James Hodge, Jay Nielsen, Aaron Grober, Karen Scruton, Rand Young, Jack Kelly, Mary Jean Brown
INTRODUCTION: Several urban neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have a history of soil, household lead paint, and potential lead-emitting industry contamination. OBJECTIVES: To (1) describe blood lead levels (BLLs) in target neighborhoods, (2) identify risk factors and sources of lead exposure, (3) describe household environmental lead levels, and (4) compare results with existing data. METHODS: A simple, random, cross-sectional sampling strategy was used to enroll children 8 years or younger living in selected Philadelphia neighborhoods with a history of lead-emitting industry during July 2014...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320415/heavy-environmental-pressure-in-campania-and-other-italian-regions-a-short-review-of-available-evidence
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Alfredo Mazza, Prisco Piscitelli, Andrea Falco, Maria Lucia Santoro, Manuela Colangelo, Giovanni Imbriani, Adele Idolo, Antonella De Donno, Leopoldo Iannuzzi, Annamaria Colao
The area of Naples and Campania region, in Italy, are experiencing the dramatic consequences of diffuse and illegal waste dumping, resulting in possible threats to human health. This area has been referred to as the "Land of Fires" because of the common practice of waste burning. International interest in the Campania "waste emergency" has triggered several epidemiological studies. This article is aimed at highlighting the body of evidence available concerning human and environmental contamination in the Campania region, and considers the possible lack of comparable knowledge about the situation in other areas suffering from high environmental pollution...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313864/trend-of-mdr-microorganisms-isolated-from-the-biological-samples-of-patients-with-hai-and-from-the-surfaces-around-that-patient
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Vincenza La Fauci, Gaetano Bruno Costa, Adriana Arena, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Cristina Genovese, Maria Angela Palamara, Raffaele Squeri
Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) continue to be a major public health concern. A number of epidemiologically relevant HAI microorganisms are multidrug-resistant (MDR) germs that can spread rapidly and/or carry multiple resistance to antibiotics. They are the cause of high mortality and possible nosocomial epidemics. For this reason, we implemented microbiological surveillance acquiring samples from patients with HAI and environmental samples from the surfaces surrounding those patients. A retrospective study was carried out from January 2014 to December 2016 in two departments of the University Hospital in Messina, Italy: the Microbiology and the Hygiene Laboratories...
January 9, 2018: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295489/child-nutritional-status-in-the-changing-socioeconomic-region-of-the-northern-amazon-brazil
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REVIEW
Mônica P L Cunha, Rejane C Marques, José G Dórea
The living conditions (i.e., socioeconomic, healthcare-related, nutritional, and environmental) to which children are exposed may influence their ability to reach their optimal growth potential. This review focuses on the relationship between the nutritional status of children under five years of age and social and environmental factors in Northern Brazil. Children living in this region have limited access to healthcare and face precarious socioeconomic and environmental conditions. This analysis was based on data from national health surveys, the consolidated food, nutrition surveillance system (SISVAN), and indicators of the DPSEEA (driving force, pressure, state, exposures, health effects, and actions) framework...
December 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286459/environmental-screening-of-aeromonas-hydrophila-mycobacterium-spp-and-pseudocapillaria-tomentosa-in-zebrafish-systems
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Jean-Philippe Mocho, Darren J Martin, Mollie E Millington, Yolanda Saavedra Torres
Health monitoring systems are developed and used in zebrafish research facilities because pathogens of Danio rerio such as Aeromonas hydrophila, Mycobacterium spp., and Pseudocapillaria tomentosa have the potential to impair animal welfare and research. The fish are typically analyzed post mortem to detect microbes. The use of sentinels is a suggested way to improve the sensitivity of the surveillance and to reduce the number of animals to sample. The setting of a pre-filtration sentinel tank out of a recirculating system is described...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276618/the-long-road-to-elimination-malaria-mortality-in-a-south-african-population-cohort-over-21-years
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P Byass, M A Collinson, C Kabudula, F X Gómez-Olivé, R G Wagner, S Ngobeni, B Silaule, P Mee, M Coetzee, W Twine, S M Tollman, K Kahn
Background: Malaria elimination is on global agendas following successful transmission reductions. Nevertheless moving from low to zero transmission is challenging. South Africa has an elimination target of 2018, which may or may not be realised in its hypoendemic areas. Methods: The Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System has monitored population health in north-eastern South Africa since 1992. Malaria deaths were analysed against individual factors, socioeconomic status, labour migration and weather over a 21-year period, eliciting trends over time and associations with covariates...
2017: Glob Health Epidemiol Genom
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242751/prevalence-of-non-communicable-disease-risk-factors-in-three-sites-across-papua-new-guinea-a-cross-sectional-study
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Patricia Rarau, Gwendalyn Vengiau, Hebe Gouda, Suparat Phuanukoonon, Isi H Kevau, Chris Bullen, Robert Scragg, Ian Riley, Geoffrey Marks, Masahiro Umezaki, Ayako Morita, Brian Oldenburg, Barbara McPake, Justin Pulford
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a culturally, environmentally and ethnically diverse country of 7.3 million people experiencing rapid economic development and social change. Such development is typically associated with an increase in non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors. Aim: To establish the prevalence of NCD risk factors in three different regions across PNG in order to guide appropriate prevention and control measures. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken with randomly selected adults (15-65 years), stratified by age and sex recruited from the general population of integrated Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in West Hiri (periurban), Asaro (rural highland) and Karkar Island (rural island), PNG...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238328/impact-of-aerosol-dust-on-xmap-multiplex-detection-of-different-class-pathogens
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Denis A Kleymenov, Vladimir A Gushchin, Alexander L Gintsburg, Artem P Tkachuk
Environmental or city-scale bioaerosol surveillance can provide additional value for biodefense and public health. Efficient bioaerosol monitoring should rely on multiplex systems capable of detecting a wide range of biologically hazardous components potentially present in air (bacteria, viruses, toxins and allergens). xMAP technology from LuminexTM allows multiplex bead-based detection of antigens or nucleic acids, but its use for simultaneous detection of different classes of pathogens (bacteria, virus, toxin) is questionable...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232708/elimination-of-trachoma-as-a-public-health-problem-in-ghana-providing-evidence-through-a-pre-validation-survey
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Oscar Debrah, Ernest O Mensah, Laura Senyonjo, Dziedzom K de Souza, Tei E Hervie, David Agyemang, Didier Bakajika, Benjamin Marfo, Felix Ahorsu, Seth Wanye, Robin Bailey, Joseph B Koroma, Agatha Aboe, Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum
BACKGROUND: In order to achieve elimination of trachoma, a country needs to demonstrate that the elimination prevalence thresholds have been achieved and then sustained for at least a two-year period. Ghana achieved the thresholds in 2008, and since 2011 has been implementing its trachoma surveillance strategy, which includes community and school screening for signs of follicular trachoma and trichiasis, in trachoma-endemic districts. In 2015-2016, the country conducted a district level population-based survey to validate elimination of trachoma as a public health problem...
December 12, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230402/animal-health-surveillance-in-scotland-in-2030-using-scenario-planning-to-develop-strategies-in-the-context-of-brexit
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Lisa A Boden, Harriet Auty, Aaron Reeves, Gustaf Rydevik, Paul Bessell, Iain J McKendrick
Animal health surveillance is necessary to protect human and animal health, rural economies, and the environment from the consequences of large-scale disease outbreaks. In Scotland, since the Kinnaird review in 2011, efforts have been made to engage with stakeholders to ensure that the strategic goals of surveillance are better aligned with the needs of the end-users and other beneficiaries. The aims of this study were to engage with Scottish surveillance stakeholders and multidisciplinary experts to inform the future long-term strategy for animal health surveillance in Scotland...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226606/the-challenges-of-implementing-an-integrated-one-health-surveillance-system-in-australia
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I Johnson, A Hansen, P Bi
As 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin, a One Health approach that integrates the health of humans, animals and the environment could provide an earlier opportunity for zoonotic disease detection and prevention. In Australia, human, animal and ecological health are managed by separate sectors with limited communication. This study aims to explore how professionals in these fields perceive a One Health approach to zoonotic disease surveillance, aiming to identify the challenges to the implementation of an integrated system in Australia...
December 10, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225413/outbreak-of-hospital-infection-from-biofilm-embedded-pan-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeroginosa-due-to-a-contaminated-bronchoscope
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Nader Alipour, Alper Karagoz, Abbas Taner, Nasrin Gaeini, Nastaran Alipour, Hassan Zeytin, Fatih Yildiz, Riza Durmaz
Background: Colistin-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) has been defined as pandrug-resistant (PDR) strain. Outbreaks of PDR P. aeruginosa especially in pulmonary tract infections due to contaminated bronchoscopes have rarely been reported. The emergence of pandrug-resistant strains in both CF (Cystic Fibrosis) and non-CF clinical isolates over recent years remains of a great concern. Hospital wards contaminated with PDR P. aeruginosa infection, must be shot down until their eradication...
2017: Tap Chi y Hoc du Phong, Journal of Preventive Medicine / Hoi y Hoc du Phong Viet Nam
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219127/dengue-fever-in-a-municipality-of-west-bengal-india-2015-an-outbreak-investigation
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Falguni Debnath, Manickam Ponnaiah, Pralay Acharya
BACKGROUND: In November 2015, death due to fever and increased number of fever cases were reported from Baranagar Municipality of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. OBJECTIVES: The episode was investigated with the objective to (1) confirm the existence of an outbreak, (2) describe it in terms of time, place, and person, (3) determine the cause of outbreak, and (4) recommend control measures. METHODS: Monthly incidence of dengue from 2012 to 2014 was calculated and compared with 2015 to confirm the outbreak...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215978/state-public-health-actions-to-prevent-and-control-diabetes-heart-disease-obesity-and-associated-risk-factors-and-promote-school-health
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Barbara Z Park, Letitia Cantrell, Holly Hunt, Rosanne P Farris, Patricia Schumacher, Ursula E Bauer
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds a program to boost progress in reducing the prevalence and incidence of multiple chronic diseases and their associated risk factors. This article describes the program, State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors, and Promote School Health, and the program's action model, design, and administration and management structure...
December 7, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215132/may-car-washing-represent-a-risk-for-legionella-infection
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T Baldovin, A Pierobon, C Bertoncello, E Destefani, M Gennari, A Stano, V Baldo
BACKGROUND: Legionella is a ubiquitous Gram-negative bacterium naturally found in aquatic environments. It can pose a health problem when it grows and spreads in man-made water systems. Legionella pneumophila is the most common cause of Legionnaires' disease nowadays, a community-acquired pneumonia with pulmonary symptoms and chest radiography no different from any other form of infectious pneumonia. Legionella monitoring is important for public health reasons, including the identification of unusual environmental sources of Legionella...
January 2018: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190264/fractional-dose-inactivated-poliovirus-vaccine-campaign-sindh-province-pakistan-2016
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Aslam Pervaiz, Chukwuma Mbaeyi, Mirza Amir Baig, Ashley Burman, Jamal A Ahmed, Sharifa Akter, Fayaz A Jatoi, Abdirahman Mahamud, Rana Jawad Asghar, Naila Azam, Muhammad Nadeem Shah, Mumtaz Ali Laghari, Kamaluddin Soomro, Mufti Zubair Wadood, Derek Ehrhardt, Rana M Safdar, Noha Farag
Following the declaration of eradication of wild poliovirus (WPV) type 2 in September 2015, trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV) was withdrawn globally to reduce the risk for type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV2) transmission; all countries implemented a synchronized switch to bivalent OPV (type 1 and 3) in April 2016 (1,2). Any isolation of VDPV2 after the switch is to be treated as a potential public health emergency and might indicate the need for supplementary immunization activities (3,4). On August 9, 2016, VDPV2 was isolated from a sewage sample taken from an environmental surveillance site in Hyderabad, Sindh province, Pakistan...
December 1, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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