Archive for January, 2015

Update: Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic — West Africa, January 2015

MMWR January 30, 2015 V.64 P.1-2

Incident Management System Ebola Epidemiology Team, CDC; Guinea Interministerial Committee for Response Against the Ebola Virus; World Health Organization; CDC Guinea Response Team; Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; CDC Liberia Response Team; Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation; CDC Sierra Leone Response Team; Viral Special Pathogens Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

CDC is assisting ministries of health and working with other organizations to end the ongoing epidemic of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in West Africa (1). The updated data in this report were compiled from situation reports from the Guinea Interministerial Committee for Response Against the Ebola Virus, the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and the World Health Organization…


January 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Delayed HIV diagnosis common in Sweden, 2003–2010

Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases Dec 2014

Katarina Widgren, Helena Skar, Torsten Berglund, Anna-Maria Kling, Anders Tegnell, and Jan Albert

From the 1Department for Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Health Agency of Sweden, Solna, Sweden*

2Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

3Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

4Theoretical Biology and Biophysics, T-6, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA

5Department of Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

6Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

*Previously the Department for Analysis and Prevention, Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control, Solna, Sweden.

Correspondence: Katarina Widgren, Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 Solna, Sweden. E-mail:


Early diagnosis of HIV is important for the prognosis of individual patients, because antiretroviral treatment can be started at the appropriate time, and for public health, because transmission can be prevented.


Data were collected from 767 HIV patients who were diagnosed in Sweden during 2003–2010 and were infected in Sweden or born in Sweden and infected abroad. A recent infection testing algorithm (RITA) was applied to BED-EIA test results (OD-n < 0.8), CD4 counts (≥ 200 cells/μl), and clinical information. A recent infection classification was used as indicator for early diagnosis. Time trends in early diagnosis were investigated to detect population changes in HIV testing behavior. Patients with early diagnosis were compared to patients with delayed diagnosis with respect to age, gender, transmission route, and country of infection (Sweden or abroad).


Early diagnosis was observed in 271 patients (35%). There was no statistically significant time trend in the yearly percentage of patients with early diagnosis in the entire study group (p = 0.836) or in subgroups. Early diagnosis was significantly more common in men who have sex men (MSM) (45%) than in heterosexuals (21%) and injecting drug users (27%) (p < 0.001 and p = 0.001, respectively) in both univariate and multivariable analyses. The only other factor that remained associated with early diagnosis in multivariable analysis was young age group.


Approximately one-third of the study patients were diagnosed early with no significant change over time. Delayed HIV diagnosis is a considerable problem in Sweden, which does not appear to diminish.


January 29, 2015 at 8:41 am

Risk of HIV transmission from patients on antiretroviral therapy: A position statement from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Reference Group for Antiviral Therapy

Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases OCT 2014 V.46 N.10

Jan Albert , Torsten Berglund , Magnus Gisslén , Peter Gröön , Anders Sönnerborg , Anders Tegnell , Anders Alexandersson , Ingela Berggren , Anders Blaxhult , Maria Brytting , Christina Carlander , Johan Carlson , Leo Flamholc , Per Follin , Axana Haggar , Frida Hansdotter , Filip Josephson , Olle Karlström , Fredrik Liljeros , Lars Navér , Karin Pettersson , Veronica Svedhem Johansson , Bo Svennerholm , Petra Tunbäck , Katarina Widgren

From the 1Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

2Department of Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

3The Swedish Reference Group for Antiviral Therapy, Solna

4The Public Health Agency of Sweden, Solna

5Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

6Department of Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm

7Department of Laboratory Medicine, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

8Department of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

9National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm

10Venhälsan/Infektion, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm

11Clinic of Infectious Diseases, County Hospital of Västmanland, Västerås

12Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Lund, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö

13Department of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Region Västra Götaland, Gothenburg

14Swedish Medical Products Agency, Uppsala

15Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, Stockholm

16Department of Paediatrics, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

17Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

18Department of Obstetrics, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm

19Unit of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

20Department of Clinical Virology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

21Department of Dermatovenereology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Correspondence: J. Albert, Department of Clinical Microbiology L2:02, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, S-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: + 46 8 5177 9471. E-mail:

The modern medical treatment of HIV with antiretroviral therapy (ART) has drastically reduced the morbidity and mortality in patients infected with this virus. ART has also been shown to reduce the transmission risk from individual patients as well as the spread of the infection at the population level. This position statement from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Reference Group for Antiviral Therapy is based on a workshop organized in the fall of 2012. It summarizes the latest research and knowledge on the risk of HIV transmission from patients on ART, with a focus on the risk of sexual transmission. The risk of transmission via shared injection equipment among intravenous drug users is also examined, as is the risk of mother-to-child transmission. Based on current knowledge, the risk of transmission through vaginal or anal intercourse involving the use of a condom has been judged to be minimal, provided that the person infected with HIV fulfils the criteria for effective ART. This probably also applies to unprotected intercourse, provided that no other sexually transmitted infections are present, although it is not currently possible to fully support this conclusion with direct scientific evidence. ART is judged to markedly reduce the risk of blood-borne transmission between people who share injection equipment. Finally, the risk of transmission from mother to child is very low, provided that ART is started well in advance of delivery.


January 29, 2015 at 8:40 am

Nonfoodborne Vibrio infections: an important cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, 1997-2006.

Clinical Infectious Diseases April 1, 2008 V.46 N.7 P.970-6

Dechet AM, Yu PA, Koram N, Painter J

1AIDS Education and Training Center, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California

2Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne, and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

Reprints or correspondence: Dr. John Painter, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., Mailstop E-03, Atlanta, GA 30333 (


Infections due to Vibrio species cause an estimated 8000 illnesses annually, often through consumption of undercooked seafood. Like foodborne Vibrio infections, nonfoodborne Vibrio infections (NFVI) also result in serious illness, but awareness of these infections is limited.


We analyzed illnesses occuring during the period 1997-2006 that were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Cholera and Other Vibrio Illness Surveillance system. The diagnosis of NFVI required isolation of Vibrio species from a patient with contact with seawater.


Of 4754 Vibrio infections reported, 1210 (25%) were NFVIs. Vibrio vulnificus infections were the most common (accounting for 35% of NFVIs), with 72% of V. vulnificus infections reported from residents of Gulf Coast states. Infections due to V. vulnificus resulted in fever (72% of cases), cellulitis (85%), amputation (10%), and death (17%). V. vulnificus caused 62 NFVI-associated deaths (78%). Recreational activities accounted for 70% of exposures for patients with NFVIs associated with all species. Patients with liver disease were significantly more likely to die as a result of infection (odds ratio, 7.8; 95% confidence interval, 2.8-21.9). Regardless of pre-existing conditions, patients were more likely to die when hospitalization occurred >2 days after symptom onset (odds ratio, 2.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.8-4.8).


NFVIs, especially those due to V. vulnificus, demonstrate high morbidity and mortality. Persons with liver disease should be advised of the risks associated with seawater exposure if a wound is already present or is likely to occur. Clinicians should consider Vibrio species as an etiologic agent in infections occurring in persons with recent seawater exposure, even if the individual was only exposed during recreational marine activities. Immediate antibiotic treatment with aggressive monitoring is advised in suspected cases.


January 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

Increasing rates of vibriosis in the United States, 1996-2010: review of surveillance data from 2 systems.

Clinical Infectious Diseases June 2012 V.54 Suppl 5 P.S391-5

Newton A, Kendall M, Vugia DJ, Henao OL, Mahon BE

1Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

2Atlanta Research and Education Foundation, Inc, Decatur, Georgia

3Infectious Diseases Branch, California Department of Public Health, Richmond

Correspondence: Anna E. Newton, MPH, Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd NE, MS C-09, Atlanta, GA 30033 (


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monitors vibriosis through 2 surveillance systems: the nationwide Cholera and Other Vibrio Illness Surveillance (COVIS) system and the 10-state Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet). COVIS conducts passive surveillance and FoodNet conducts active surveillance for laboratory-confirmed Vibrio infections.


We summarized Vibrio infections (excluding toxigenic V. cholerae O1 and O139) reported to COVIS and FoodNet from 1996 through 2010. For each system, we calculated incidence rates using US Census Bureau population estimates for the surveillance area.


From 1996 to 2010, 7700 cases of vibriosis were reported to COVIS and 1519 to FoodNet. Annual incidence of reported vibriosis per 100,000 population increased from 1996 to 2010 in both systems, from 0.09 to 0.28 in COVIS and from 0.15 to 0.42 in FoodNet. The 3 commonly reported Vibrio species were V. parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus, and V. alginolyticus; both surveillance systems showed that the incidence of each increased. In both systems, most hospitalizations and deaths were caused by V. vulnificus infection, and most patients were white men. The number of cases peaked in the summer months.


Surveillance data from both COVIS and FoodNet indicate that the incidence of vibriosis increased from 1996 to 2010 overall and for each of the 3 most commonly reported species. Epidemiologic patterns were similar in both systems. Current prevention efforts have failed to prevent increasing rates of vibriosis; more effective efforts will be needed to decrease rates.


January 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

Optimizing Research Methods Used for the Evaluation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

Clinical Infectious Diseases OCT 15, 2014 V.59 Suppl.3 S185-S192

Jessina C. McGregor and Jon P. Furuno

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Oregon State University/Oregon Health and Science University College of Pharmacy, Portland

Correspondence: Jessina C. McGregor, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Practice, OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy, 2730 SW Moody Ave, CL5CP, Portland, OR 97201 (

Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are an increasingly common intervention for optimizing antimicrobial therapy in healthcare settings.

These programs aim to improve patient care and limit the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant organisms by supporting prudent antimicrobial use. However, pressure from the current reimbursement climate necessitates that ASPs operate as cost-cutting programs rather than focus on patient outcomes.

This has forced the research that is evaluating ASP interventions to concentrate heavily on economic outcomes. As the science of antimicrobial stewardship advances, it is essential that well-conducted evaluations, focused on patient and microbial outcomes, serve as the evidence base that directs optimal ASP intervention design and implementation.

In this review, we provide guidance and recommendations for the design of studies to evaluate the impact of ASP interventions on patient and microbial outcomes….


January 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

Demonstrating the Value of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs to Hospital Administrators

Clinical Infectious Diseases OCT 15, 2014 V.59 Suppl.3 S146-S153 

Jerod L. Nagel1, James G. Stevenson1, Edward H. Eiland III2,a, and Keith S. Kaye3

1University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, Ann Arbor

2Department of Pharmacy, Huntsville Hospital, Alabama

3Division of Infectious Diseases, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan

Correspondence: Keith S. Kaye, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 4201 Saint Antoine, Ste 2B, Box 331, Detroit, MI 48201 (

The movement away from fee-for-service models to those that emphasize quality of care and patient outcomes affords a unique opportunity for antimicrobial stewardship programs to expand their value for hospital administration.

Antimicrobial stewardship participants must collaborate with administrators and key stakeholders to position themselves to improve economic, process, and outcomes measures.

This will allow the establishment of antimicrobial stewardship programs as essential components of the present and future healthcare quality journey….


January 26, 2015 at 8:27 am

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