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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910268/assessment-of-hospital-emergency-department-response-to-potentially-infectious-diseases-using-unannounced-mystery-patient-drills-new-york-city-2016
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Mary M K Foote, Timothy S Styles, Celia L Quinn
Recent outbreaks of infectious diseases have revealed significant health care system vulnerabilities and highlighted the importance of rapid recognition and isolation of patients with potentially severe infectious diseases. During December 2015-May 2016, a series of unannounced "mystery patient drills" was carried out to assess New York City Emergency Departments' (EDs) abilities to identify and respond to patients with communicable diseases of public health concern. Drill scenarios presented a patient reporting signs or symptoms and travel history consistent with possible measles or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)...
September 15, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753671/self-reported-infections-during-international-travel-and-notifiable-infections-among-returning-international-travellers-sweden-2009-2013
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Viktor Dahl, Anders Wallensten
We studied food and water-borne diseases (FWDs), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and diseases vaccinated against in the Swedish childhood vaccination programme among Swedish international travellers, in order to identify countries associated with a high number of infections. We used the national database for notifiable infections to estimate the number of FWDs (campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, giardiasis, shigellosis, EHEC, Entamoeba histolytica, yersinosis, hepatitis A, paratyphoid fever, typhoid fever, hepatitis E, listeriosis, cholera), STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhoea and acute hepatitis B), VBDs (dengue fever, malaria, West Nile fever, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever) and diseases vaccinated against in the Swedish childhood vaccination programme (pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria) acquired abroad 2009-2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505632/missed-opportunities-for-measles-mumps-rubella-vaccination-among-departing-u-s-adult-travelers-receiving-pretravel-health-consultations
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Emily P Hyle, Sowmya R Rao, Emily S Jentes, Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, Stefan H F Hagmann, Allison Taylor Walker, Rochelle P Walensky, Edward T Ryan, Regina C LaRocque
Background: Measles outbreaks continue to occur in the United States and are mostly due to infections in returning travelers. Objective: To describe how providers assessed the measles immunity status of departing U.S. adult travelers seeking pretravel consultation and to assess reasons given for nonvaccination among those considered eligible to receive the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Design: Observational study in U.S. pretravel clinics...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387784/subacute-sclerosing-panencephalitis-the-devastating-measles-complication-that-might-be-more-common-than-previously-estimated
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Kristen A Wendorf, Kathleen Winter, Jennifer Zipprich, Rob Schechter, Jill K Hacker, Chris Preas, James D Cherry, Carol Glaser, Kathleen Harriman
Background: Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a fatal complication of measles. We reviewed California cases from 1998-2015 to understand risk factors for SPPE and estimate incidence. Methods: SSPE cases had clinically compatible symptoms and measles antibody detection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or medical record documentation of SSPE. Cases were identified though a state death certificate search, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, or investigations for undiagnosed neurologic disease...
July 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355621/use-of-pre-travel-vaccine-preventable-disease-serology-as-a-screening-tool-to-identify-patients-in-need-of-pre-travel-vaccination-a-retrospective-audit
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David P Turner, Sarah L McGuinness, Jonathan Cohen, Lynette J Waring, Karin Leder
Background: Vaccination is a safe and effective public health intervention that not only protects individual travellers from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), but prevents them from becoming a source of disease in their destination and on their return. Obtaining an accurate vaccination history from travellers during a pre-travel review can be difficult; serology may be used to identify patients who are non-immune to specific diseases in order to guide vaccination requirements. Clinically relevant data about the usefulness of serology in this setting are lacking...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196318/common-skin-conditions-in-children-skin-infections
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REVIEW
Brian Z Rayala, Dean S Morrell
Skin infections account for a significant subset of dermatologic conditions of childhood. Common cutaneous viral infections in children include warts, molluscum contagiosum, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and herpes simplex. Although viral infections are self-limited and often only mildly symptomatic, they can cause anxiety, embarrassment, and health care use. Recognition of their common and atypical presentations is necessary to differentiate them from other skin conditions of similar morphology. Impetigo, cellulitis, and abscess comprise the majority of childhood bacterial skin infections and are treated with topical or systemic antibiotics that cover group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus...
February 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960239/histopathology-of-vaccine-preventable-diseases
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REVIEW
Isaac H Solomon, Danny A Milner
The widespread use of vaccines has been one of the most important medical advances in the last century, saving trillions of dollars and millions of lives. Despite local eradication of some infections, travellers returning from affected areas may cause outbreaks through reintroduction of pathogens to individuals who are unable to receive vaccines for medical reasons or who have declined vaccination for non-medical reasons. Infections that would otherwise be uncommonly encountered by anatomical pathologists should therefore remain in the differential diagnosis for immunocompromised and unvaccinated patients...
January 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771122/-vaccination-status-in-psoriasis-patients-on-immunosuppressant-therapy-including-biologics
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A Bonhomme, E Fréling, M Reigneau, C Poreaux, A Valois, F Truchetet, A Barbaud, J-L Schmutz
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the vaccine coverage of psoriasis patients prior to initiating or changing immunosuppressant therapy, and to verify that the prescribed vaccines have been administered. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a bi-centre, observational, cross-sectional study over 9 months. Psoriasis patients in whom immunosuppressant therapy (comprising cyclosporine, methotrexate, etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab or ustekinumab) was indicated were included. Medical history, previous treatments, vaccination status, viral serology results (for hepatitis B, measles, and chickenpox), and reasons for non-vaccination were assessed via questionnaire...
February 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625709/mumps-virus-modification-of-the-identify-isolate-inform-tool-for-frontline-healthcare-providers
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Kristi L Koenig, Siri Shastry, Bandr Mzahim, Abdulmajeed Almadhyan, Michael J Burns
Mumps is a highly contagious viral infection that became rare in most industrialized countries following the introduction of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1967. The disease, however, has been re-emerging with several outbreaks over the past decade. Many clinicians have never seen a case of mumps. To assist frontline healthcare providers with detecting potential cases and initiating critical actions, investigators modified the "Identify-Isolate-Inform" tool for mumps infection. The tool is applicable to regions with rare incidences or local outbreaks, especially seen in college students, as well as globally in areas where vaccination is less common...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27623346/the-antiviral-effect-of-mollusk-mucus-on-measles-virus
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Ana Rita de Toledo-Piza, Cristina Adelaide Figueiredo, Maria Isabel de Oliveira, Giuseppina Negri, Gislene Namiyama, Mariana Tonelotto, Karina de Senna Villar, Henrique Krambeck Rofatto, Ronaldo Zucatelli Mendonça
Measles is a viral disease highly contagious spread by respiratory transmission. Although infection can be controlled by vaccination, numerous cases of measles have been registered in many areas of the world, highlighting the need for additional interventions. Terrestrial gastropods exude mucus on their body surface when traveling, to protect the body from mechanical injury, desiccation or contact with harmful substances. The mucus of mollusks has been studied as a source of new natural compounds with diverse biological activities...
October 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574034/the-contribution-of-travellers-visiting-friends-and-relatives-to-notified-infectious-diseases-in-australia-state-based-enhanced-surveillance
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A E Heywood, N Zwar, B L Forssman, H Seale, N Stephens, J Musto, C Lane, B Polkinghorne, M Sheikh, M Smith, H Worth, C R Macintyre
Immigrants and their children who return to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives (VFR) are at increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases compared to other travellers. VFR travel is an important disease control issue, as one quarter of Australia's population are foreign-born and one quarter of departing Australian international travellers are visiting friends and relatives. We conducted a 1-year prospective enhanced surveillance study in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia to determine the contribution of VFR travel to notifiable diseases associated with travel, including typhoid, paratyphoid, measles, hepatitis A, hepatitis E, malaria and chikungunya...
August 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27453599/tracing-airline-travelers-for-a-public-health-investigation-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-infection-in-the-united-states-2014
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Joanna J Regan, M Robynne Jungerman, Susan A Lippold, Faith Washburn, Efrosini Roland, Tina Objio, Christopher Schembri, Reena Gulati, Paul J Edelson, Francisco Alvarado-Ramy, Nicki Pesik, Nicole J Cohen
OBJECTIVE: CDC routinely conducts contact investigations involving travelers on commercial conveyances, such as aircrafts, cargo vessels, and cruise ships. METHODS: The agency used established systems of communication and partnerships with other federal agencies to quickly provide accurate traveler contact information to states and jurisdictions to alert contacts of potential exposure to two travelers with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) who had entered the United States on commercial flights in April and May 2014...
July 2016: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27330653/identify-isolate-inform-a-tool-for-initial-detection-and-management-of-zika-virus-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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Kristi L Koenig, Abdulmajeed Almadhyan, Michael J Burns
First isolated in 1947 from a monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda, and from mosquitoes in the same forest the following year, Zika virus has gained international attention due to concerns for infection in pregnant women potentially causing fetal microcephaly. More than one million people have been infected since the appearance of the virus in Brazil in 2015. Approximately 80% of infected patients are asymptomatic. An association with microcephaly and other birth defects as well as Guillain-Barre Syndrome has led to a World Health Organization declaration of Zika virus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016...
May 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27235839/imported-infections-what-information-should-be-collected-by-surveillance-systems-to-inform-public-health-policy
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Penny E Neave, Anita E Heywood, Katherine B Gibney, Karin Leder
BACKGROUND: International travel carries the risk of imported diseases, which are an increasingly significant public health problem. There is little guidance about which variables should be collected by surveillance systems for strategy-based surveillance. METHODS: Surveillance forms for dengue, malaria, hepatitis A, typhoid and measles were collected from Australia and New Zealand and information on these compared with national surveillance forms from the UK and Canada by travel health experts...
July 2016: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26587081/identify-isolate-inform-a-modified-tool-for-initial-detection-and-management-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-patients-in-the-emergency-department
#15
Kristi L Koenig
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a novel infectious disease caused by a coronavirus (MERS-CoV) first reported in Saudi Arabia in September 2012. MERS later spread to other countries in the Arabian Peninsula, followed by an outbreak in South Korea in 2015. At least 26 countries have reported MERS cases, and these numbers may increase over time. Due to international travel opportunities, all countries are at risk of imported cases of MERS, even if outbreaks do not spread globally. Therefore, it is essential for emergency department (ED) personnel to be able to rapidly assess MERS risk and take immediate actions if indicated...
September 2015: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26583130/importation-and-transmission-of-parasitic-and-other-infectious-diseases-associated-with-international-adoptees-and-refugees-immigrating-into-the-united-states-of-america
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REVIEW
Jordan Smith Darr, David Bruce Conn
Each year, hundreds of millions of people travel across international borders or even oceans, and up to 230 million may remain for long periods. Among these, 3-5 million settle permanently in their new homes, with about 1 million migrating permanently to the United States of America. This may result in transport of parasites and other pathogens, which might become established, infecting individuals in the new location. Beyond concern of disease spread, the health of migrants is of concern since the rigors, circumstances, and living conditions surrounding migrations may increase the vulnerability of migrants to infections...
2015: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26542037/infectious-risks-of-air-travel
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REVIEW
Alexandra Mangili, Tine Vindenes, Mark Gendreau
Infectious diseases are still among the leading causes of death worldwide due to their persistence, emergence, and reemergence. As the recent Ebola virus disease and MERS-CoV outbreaks demonstrate, the modern epidemics and large-scale infectious outbreaks emerge and spread quickly. Air transportation is a major vehicle for the rapid spread and dissemination of communicable diseases, and there have been a number of reported outbreaks of serious airborne diseases aboard commercial flights including tuberculosis, severe acute respiratory syndrome, influenza, smallpox, and measles, to name a few...
October 2015: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26448301/-report-on-a-measles-epidemic-in-the-%C3%A3-st%C3%A3-nad-labem-region
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J Trmal, R Limberková
The Czech Republic is a measles free country where only isolated, mostly imported cases have been reported. A measles epidemic that occurred in the Ústí nad Labem Region is presented, with the first case diagnosed early in February 2014 and the last one reported in August 2014. The index case and source of infection to other susceptible patients was an adult male with a history of travel to India. The diagnosis of measles was difficult to make as the patient presented with feverish condition due to co-infection with dengue fever, chikungunya, and measles...
September 2015: Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26363628/epidemiology-of-travel-associated-infections-in-oman-1999-2013-a-retrospective-analysis
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Seif S Al-Abri, Doaa M Abdel-Hady, Salem S Al Mahrooqi, Hanan S Al-Kindi, Amina K Al-Jardani, Idris S Al-Abaidani
BACKGROUND: The number of travelers in Oman has increased significantly in the last 2 decades with an increase in the expatriate population workforce leading to the emergence of infections related to travel. This paper aims to highlight the burden of travel-related infections in Oman. METHOD: Our study is a descriptive record-based review and analysis of travel-associated diseases over a 14 year time period from 1999 to 2013. The data was sourced from the communicable disease surveillance system, and central public health laboratory results...
September 2015: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26305819/what-assay-is-optimal-for-the-diagnosis-of-measles-virus-infection-an-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-a-measles-virus-real-time-reverse-transcriptase-pcr-using-the-cepheid-smartcycler-%C3%A2-and-antigen-detection-by-immunofluorescence
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Kyra Y L Chua, Kiran Thapa, Chaturangi M Yapa, Lucy K Somerville, Sharon C-A Chen, Dominic E Dwyer, Vicky Sheppeard, Jen Kok
BACKGROUND: Despite the World Health Organization (WHO)-reported elimination of measles in Australia, importation of cases especially in travellers from Asia continues in Sydney, Australia's largest city. Laboratory confirmation supports clinico-epidemiological evidence of measles virus infection, and is needed to establish elimination. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of a random access real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay using the moderate complexity SmartCycler(®) platform, and measles antigen detection by immunofluorescence (IFA), for the detection of measles virus in patient samples...
September 2015: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
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