Archive for January 23, 2016

Effectiveness of Meningococcal B Vaccine against Endemic Hypervirulent Neisseria meningitidis W Strain, England

EID FEB 2016 V.22 N.2

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Shamez N. Ladhani, Marzia Monica Giuliani, Alessia Biolchi, Mariagrazia Pizza, Kazim Beebeejaun, Jay Lucidarme, Jamie Findlow, Mary E. Ramsay, and Ray Borrow

St. George’s University of London Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Group, London, UK (S.N. Ladhani); Public Health England, London (S.N. Ladhani, K. Beebeejaun, M.E. Ramsay); GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy (M.M. Giuliani, A. Biolchi, M. Pizza); Public Health England, Manchester, UK (J. Lucidarme, J. Findlow, R. Borrow)

Serum samples from children immunized with a meningococcal serogroup B vaccine demonstrated potent serum bactericidal antibody activity against the hypervirulent Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W strain circulating in England.

The recent introduction of this vaccine into the United Kingdom national immunization program should also help protect infants against this endemic strain.

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http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/22/2/pdfs/15-0369.pdf

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January 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

Zika Virus Spreads to New Areas — Region of the Americas, May 2015–January 2016

MMWR January 22, 2016 V.65 N.3 Early Release P.1–4

Morgan Hennessey, DVM; Marc Fischer, MD; J. Erin Staples, MD, PhD.

In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Americas, with autochthonous cases identified in Brazil. In December, the Ministry of Health estimated that 440,000–1,300,000 suspected cases of Zika virus disease had occurred in Brazil in 2015. By January 19, 2016, local transmission had been identified in Puerto Rico and 19 other countries or territories in the Americas. Further spread to other countries in the region is likely.

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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6503e1er.htm?s_cid=mm6503e1er_e

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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6503e1er.pdf

January 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

Possible Association Between Zika Virus Infection and Microcephaly — Brazil, 2015

MMWR January 22, 2016 V.65 N.3) Early Release  P.1-4

Lavinia Schuler-Faccini, PhD; Erlane M. Ribeiro, PhD; Ian M.L. Feitosa, MD; et al

An outbreak of Zika virus infection was first recognized in northeastern Brazil in early 2015. By September, a sharp increase in microcephaly cases was reported from affected areas. The Brazil Ministry of Health developed a case definition for Zika virus-related microcephaly, and established a task force and a registry to investigate Zika virus-related cases of microcephaly and to describe the clinical characteristics of cases

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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6503e2er.htm?s_cid=mm6503e2er_e

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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6503e2er.pdf

January 23, 2016 at 10:31 am


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