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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#1
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423135/childhood-cancer-and-environmental-integrity-a-commentary-and-a-proposal
#2
Carlo Modonesi, Enrico Oddone, Celestino Panizza, Gemma Gatta
Improvements in the health standards of developed and developing societies depend primarily on the relationships between economy and environment. Recent long-term changes in the chemical composition of man-made environments may be linked to changes in the biology of human beings. Here we argue that children are at the greatest risk of being affected by the dangerous effects of these changes, with particular reference to cancer. The concept of cancer risk must be extended to new contexts. Considering the increasing rates of chemical pollution and its spreading in the environment, we illustrate a proposal aiming to protect the human health, in an intra- and intergenerational perspective...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411525/health-access-to-care-among-working-age-lower-income-adults-in-the-great-recession-disparities-across-race-and-ethnicity-and-geospatial-factors
#3
Samuel D Towne, Janice C Probst, James W Hardin, Bethany A Bell, Saundra Glover
In the United States (US) and elsewhere, residents of low resource areas face health-related disparities, and may experience different outcomes throughout times of severe economic flux. We aimed to identify individual (e.g. sociodemographic) and environmental (e.g. region, rurality) factors associated with self-reported health and forgone medical care due to the cost of treatment in the US across the Great Recession (2008-2009). We analyzed nationally representative data (2004-2010) using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in the US...
April 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403016/green-collar-workers-an-emerging-workforce-in-the-environmental-sector
#4
Laura A McClure, William G LeBlanc, Cristina A Fernandez, Lora E Fleming, David J Lee, Kevin J Moore, Alberto J Caban-Martinez
OBJECTIVE: We describe the socio-demographic, occupational, and health characteristics of "green collar" workers, a vital and emerging workforce in energy-efficiency and sustainability. METHODS: We linked data from the 2004 to 2012 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) and US Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were conducted using green collar worker status as the outcome (n = 143,346). RESULTS: Green collar workers are more likely than non-green workers to be men, age 25 to 64 years, obese, and with less than or equal to high school (HS) education...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393756/norovirus-epidemiology-in-south-african-children-5-years-hospitalised-for-diarrhoeal-illness-between-2009-and-2013
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N A Page, M J Groome, S Nadan, R Netshikweta, K H Keddy, B Poonsamy, J Moyes, S Walaza, K Kahn, S A Madhi, M B Taylor, J Mans, C Cohen
Public health interest in norovirus (NoV) has increased in recent years following improved diagnostics, global burden estimates and the development of NoV vaccine candidates. This study aimed to describe the detection rate, clinical characteristics and environmental features associated with NoV detection in hospitalized children <5 years with diarrhoea in South Africa (SA). Between 2009 and 2013, prospective diarrhoeal surveillance was conducted at four sites in SA. Stool specimens were collected and screened for NoVs and other enteric pathogens using molecular and serological assays...
April 10, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384129/surveillance-systems-to-track-progress-toward-polio-eradication-worldwide-2015-2016
#6
Edmond F Maes, Ousmane M Diop, Jaume Jorba, Smita Chavan, Rudolph H Tangermann, Steven G F Wassilak
Global measures to eradicate polio began in 1988; as of 2014, four of six World Health Organization (WHO) regions have been certified polio-free. Within the two endemic regions (African and Eastern Mediterranean), Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have never interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) (1). The primary means of detecting poliovirus transmission is surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) among children aged <15 years, combined with collection and testing of stool specimens from persons with AFP for detection of WPV and vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) (viruses that differ genetically from vaccine viruses and can emerge in areas with low vaccination coverage and cause paralysis) in WHO-accredited laboratories within the Global Polio Laboratory Network (2,3)...
April 7, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383517/antibiotic-resistance-in-an-indian-rural-community-a-one-health-observational-study-on-commensal-coliform-from-humans-animals-and-water
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Manju Raj Purohit, Salesh Chandran, Harshada Shah, Vishal Diwan, Ashok J Tamhankar, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an escalating grim menace to global public health. Our aim is to phenotype and genotype antibiotic-resistant commensal Escherichia coli (E. coli) from humans, animals, and water from the same community with a 'one-health' approach. The samples were collected from a village belonging to demographic surveillance site of Ruxmaniben Deepchand (R.D.) Gardi Medical College Ujjain, Central India. Commensal coliforms from stool samples from children aged 1-3 years and their environment (animals, drinking water from children's households, common source- and waste-water) were studied for antibiotic susceptibility and plasmid-encoded resistance genes...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383345/availability-of-foodborne-illness-reporting-mechanisms-for-the-public-on-local-health-department-web-sites
#8
Jenine K Harris, Roger Wong, Megan G Matthew, Raed Mansour
CONTEXT: Foodborne illness is a serious and preventable public health problem, with high health and economic tolls in the United States. Local governments play an important role in food safety, with local health departments (LHDs) responsible for licensing and inspecting restaurants. Foodborne illness complaints from the public result in identification of more serious and critical food safety violations than regularly scheduled inspections; however, few people report foodborne illness...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375698/extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-from-pharmaceutical-wastewaters-in-south-western-nigeria
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Avemaria Obasi, SimonCyril Nwachukwu, Esther Ugoji, Christian Kohler, André Göhler, Veronica Balau, Yvonne Pfeifer, Ivo Steinmetz
Emergence and spread of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) present a major threat to public health. In this study, we characterized β-lactam-resistant K. pneumoniae isolates from six wastewater samples obtained from two pharmaceutical industries located in Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria. Bacteria were isolated by using MacConkey agar; species identification and antibacterial susceptibility testing were performed by Vitek 2. Etest was used for ESBL phenotype confirmation...
April 4, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362299/towards-a-research-agenda-for-water-sanitation-and-antimicrobial-resistance
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Susanne Wuijts, Harold H J L van den Berg, Jennifer Miller, Lydia Abebe, Mark Sobsey, Antoine Andremont, Kate O Medlicott, Mark W J van Passel, Ana Maria de Roda Husman
Clinically relevant antimicrobial resistant bacteria, genetic resistance elements, and antibiotic residues (so-called AMR) from human and animal waste are abundantly present in environmental samples. This presence could lead to human exposure to AMR. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a Global Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance with one of its strategic objectives being to strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research. With respect to a strategic research agenda on water, sanitation and hygiene and AMR, WHO organized a workshop to solicit input by scientists and other stakeholders...
April 2017: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359039/spatiotemporal-patterns-of-paralytic-shellfish-toxins-and-their-relationships-with-environmental-variables-in-british-columbia-canada-from-2002-to-2012
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Stephen Finnis, Nikolas Krstic, Lorraine McIntyre, Trisalyn A Nelson, Sarah B Henderson
BACKGROUND: Harmful algal blooms produce paralytic shellfish toxins that accumulate in the tissues of filter feeding shellfish. Ingestion of these toxic shellfish can cause a serious and potentially fatal condition known as paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The coast of British Columbia is routinely monitored for shellfish toxicity, and this study uses data from the monitoring program to identify spatiotemporal patterns in shellfish toxicity events and their relationships with environmental variables...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339012/heavy-metal-content-and-molecular-species-identification-in-canned-tuna-insights-into-human-food-safety
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Anna Maria Pappalardo, Chiara Copat, Venera Ferrito, Alfina Grasso, Margherita Ferrante
Canned tuna in olive oil and in brine of the most popular brands sold in Italian markets were analyzed to verify the authentication of transformed products, with the aim to unveil commercial frauds due to the substitutions of high value species with species of low commercial value, and to assess the health risk of consumers related to cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) contents. Species authentication was evaluated with amplification of COI DNA barcode and confirmed the declared species. Among tested metals, Hg had the highest concentrations, followed by Cd and Pb...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336165/suspicious-outbreak-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-burkholderia-cepacia-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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LiPing Guo, Gang Li, Jian Wang, Xia Zhao, Shupeng Wang, Li Zhai, Hongbin Jia, Bin Cao
BACKGROUND: We reviewed Burkholderia cepacia infections in a hospital from 2013-2016 to report a suspicious outbreak that occurred in a surgical intensive care unit in 2015, and to outline the infection control measures adopted thereafter. METHODS: Review of the health care-associated infection data regarding B cepacia via the surveillance system, hospital information system, electronic medical records, and laboratory information system together with the outbreak investigation was managed by the health care-associated infection control team...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327173/a-new-paradigm-for-aedes-spp-surveillance-using-gravid-ovipositing-sticky-trap-and-ns1-antigen-test-kit
#14
Sai Ming Lau, Tock H Chua, Wan-Yussof Sulaiman, Sylvia Joanne, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Shamala Devi Sekaran, Karuthan Chinna, Balan Venugopalan, Indra Vythilingam
BACKGROUND: Dengue remains a serious public health problem in Southeast Asia and has increased 37-fold in Malaysia compared to decades ago. New strategies are urgently needed for early detection and control of dengue epidemics. METHODS: We conducted a two year study in a high human density dengue-endemic urban area in Selangor, where Gravid Ovipositing Sticky (GOS) traps were set up to capture adult Aedes spp. mosquitoes. All Aedes mosquitoes were tested using the NS1 dengue antigen test kit...
March 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327145/diagnostic-challenges-and-case-management-of-the-first-imported-case-of-plasmodium-knowlesi-in-sri-lanka
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A Dewanee Ranaweera, Manjula N Danansuriya, Kusumawathie Pahalagedera, W M Kumudunayana T de A W Gunasekera, Priyani Dharmawardena, Keng Wai Mak, Pei-Sze Jeslyn Wong, Mei-Zhi Irene Li, Cheong Huat Tan, Hapuarachchige C Hapuarachchi, Hema D B Herath, Deepika Fernando
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has achieved 'malaria-free' status and is now in the phase of prevention of re-introduction of malaria. Imported malaria remains a challenge to resurgence of the disease. The diagnostic challenges encountered and the rapid response initiated to manage a Plasmodium infection, which was later confirmed as Plasmodium knowlesi, the first reported case from Sri Lanka, is discussed. CASE PRESENTATION: An army officer who returned from Malaysia in October 2016 was found to be positive for Plasmodium both by microscopy and rapid diagnostic test (RDT) by the Anti Malaria Campaign Sri Lanka (AMC) during his third visit to a health care provider...
March 21, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322573/blood-lead-levels-and-neurodevelopmental-function-in-perinatally-hiv-exposed-uninfected-children-in-a-us-based-longitudinal-cohort-study
#16
Katherine Tassiopoulos, Yanling Huo, Joseph Braun, Paige L Williams, Renee Smith, Ann Aschengrau, Sharon Nichols, Rohan Hazra, William A Meyer, Katherine Knapp, Nagamah S Deygoo, George R Seage Iii
BACKGROUND: While children's exposure to environmental lead in the U.S. has decreased, areas of elevated levels remain. Because lead exposure is a risk factor for developmental delays, it should be considered when studying neurodevelopmental effects of in-utero antiretroviral medication (ARV) exposure in the growing population of perinatally HIV-exposed, uninfected children (PHEU). We compared blood lead levels (BPb) in PHEU children enrolled in the Surveillance Monitoring of ART Toxicities (SMARTT) Study to U...
March 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322525/-la-percezione-del-rapporto-ambiente-salute-secondo-i-dati-della-sorveglianza-progressi-delle-aziende-sanitarie-per-la-salute-in-italia-passi
#17
Letizia Sampaolo, Giulia Tommaso, Bianca Gherardi, Giuliano Carrozzi, Anna Freni Sterrantino, Marta Ottone, Carlo Alberto Goldoni, Nicoletta Bertozzi, Meri Scaringi, Lara Bolognesi, Maria Masocco, Stefania Salmaso, Paolo Lauriola
"OBJECTIVES: to identify groups of people in relation to the perception of environmental risk and to assess the main characteristics using data collected in the environmental module of the surveillance network Italian Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI). METHODS: perceptive profiles were identified using a latent class analysis; later they were included as outcome in multinomial logistic regression models to assess the association between environmental risk perception and demographic, health, socio-economic and behavioural variables...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315652/detection-and-elimination-of-corynebacterium-bovis-from-barrier-rooms-by-using-an-environmental-sampling-surveillance-program
#18
Christopher A Manuel, Umarani Pugazhenthi, Shannon P Spiegel, Jori K Leszczynski
Rodent health-monitoring programs based on sampling an IVC system's exhaust air dust (EAD) has enhanced and even replaced traditional sentinels for some rodent pathogens. EAD testing by qPCR assay is an optimal surveillance method for the rapid detection of Corynebacterium bovis-infected immunodeficient mice. Here we demonstrate that an active EAD surveillance program for C. bovis can be used to maintain nude mice C. bovis-free after the transition from historically enzootically infected colonies. During 3 events over 3 y, rapid detection of infection, elimination of infected mice, aggressive quarantine measures, and local decontamination prevented the spread of C...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283982/caregivers-had-neighbourhood-support-but-perceived-it-unsatisfactory-and-worsened-england-community-life-survey-2012-2014
#19
Ivy Shiue
There has been limited research studying neighbourhood support for caregivers. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the support from neighbourhoods between both caregivers and non-caregivers in a country-wide and population-based setting. Data were retrieved from England Community Life Survey, 2012-2014, a new annual household survey conducted by face-to-face interview since 2012, with a representative sample size of 5-6000 adult (aged 16 years and over) resident per year in England. Chi-square test and logistic regression modelling were performed to examine the variance in support from and perception toward neighbourhoods between caregivers and non-caregivers...
March 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276868/population-based-birth-weight-reference-percentiles-for-chinese-twins
#20
Li Dai, Changfei Deng, Yanhua Li, Ling Yi, Xiaohong Li, Yi Mu, Qi Li, Qiang Yao, Yanping Wang
BACKGROUND: Birth weight percentiles by gestational age are important for assessing prenatal growth and predicting postnatal outcomes of newborns. Several countries have developed nation-specific birth weight references for twins, but China still lacks such references. METHODS AND RESULTS: Birth weight data for twins born between October 2006 and September 2015 were abstracted from the China National Population-based Birth Defects Surveillance System. A total of 54,786 live twin births aged ≥28 weeks of gestation without birth defects were included in the analysis...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Medicine
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