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Adenovirus Type 4 Respiratory Infections among Civilian Adults, Northeastern United States, 2011–2015

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 V.24 N.2 P.201-209

Adriana E. KajonComments to Author , Daryl M. Lamson, Camden R. Bair, Xiaoyan Lu, Marie L. Landry, Marilyn Menegus2, Dean D. Erdman, and Kirsten St. George

Author affiliations: Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (A.E. Kajon, C.R. Bair); New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA (D.M. Lamson, K. St. George); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (X. Lu, D.D. Erdman); Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (M.L. Landry); University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA (M. Menegus)


Human adenovirus type 4 (HAdV-4) is most commonly isolated in military settings. We conducted detailed molecular characterization on 36 HAdV-4 isolates recovered from civilian adults with acute respiratory disease (ARD) in the northeastern United States during 2011–2015.

Specimens came from college students, residents of long-term care facilities or nursing homes, a cancer patient, and young adults without co-morbidities.

HAdV-4 genome types 4a1 and 4a2, the variants most frequently detected among US military recruits in basic training before the restoration of vaccination protocols, were isolated in most cases.

Two novel a-like variants were recovered from students enrolled at a college in Tompkins County, New York, USA, and a prototype-like variant distinguishable from the vaccine strain was isolated from an 18-year-old woman visiting a physician’s office in Ulster County, New York, USA, with symptoms of influenza-like illness. Our data suggest that HAdV-4 might be an underestimated causative agent of ARD among civilian adults.






February 9, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2018 Jan; 115:1081.

Yan J et al


Lack of human data on influenza virus aerosol shedding fuels debate over the importance of airborne transmission. We provide overwhelming evidence that humans generate infectious aerosols and quantitative data to improve mathematical models of transmission and public health interventions. We show that sneezing is rare and not important for—and that coughing is not required for—influenza virus aerosolization. Our findings, that upper and lower airway infection are independent and that fine-particle exhaled aerosols reflect infection in the lung, opened a pathway for a deeper understanding of the human biology of influenza infection and transmission. Our observation of an association between repeated vaccination and increased viral aerosol generation demonstrated the power of our method, but needs confirmation.


Little is known about the amount and infectiousness of influenza virus shed into exhaled breath. This contributes to uncertainty about the importance of airborne influenza transmission. We screened 355 symptomatic volunteers with acute respiratory illness and report 142 cases with confirmed influenza infection who provided 218 paired nasopharyngeal (NP) and 30-minute breath samples (coarse >5-µm and fine ≤5-µm fractions) on days 1–3 after symptom onset. We assessed viral RNA copy number for all samples and cultured NP swabs and fine aerosols. We recovered infectious virus from 52 (39%) of the fine aerosols and 150 (89%) of the NP swabs with valid cultures. The geometric mean RNA copy numbers were 3.8 × 104/30-minutes fine-, 1.2 × 104/30-minutes coarse-aerosol sample, and 8.2 × 108 per NP swab. Fine- and coarse-aerosol viral RNA were positively associated with body mass index and number of coughs and negatively associated with increasing days since symptom onset in adjusted models. Fine-aerosol viral RNA was also positively associated with having influenza vaccination for both the current and prior season. NP swab viral RNA was positively associated with upper respiratory symptoms and negatively associated with age but was not significantly associated with fine- or coarse-aerosol viral RNA or their predictors. Sneezing was rare, and sneezing and coughing were not necessary for infectious aerosol generation. Our observations suggest that influenza infection in the upper and lower airways are compartmentalized and independent.



February 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats, New York, USA, 2016

Emerging Infectious Diseases December 2017 V.23 N.12

Atanaska Marinova-Petkova, Jen Laplante, Yunho Jang, Brian Lynch, Natosha Zanders, Marisela Rodriguez, Joyce Jones, Sharmi Thor, Erin Hodges, Juan A. De La Cruz, Jessica Belser, Hua Yang, Paul Carney, Bo Shu, LaShondra Berman, Thomas Stark, John Barnes, Fiona Havers, Patrick Yang, Susan C. Trock, Alicia Fry, Larisa Gubareva, Joseph S. Bresee, James Stevens, Demetre Daskalakis, Dakai Liu, Christopher Lee, Mia Kim Torchetti, Sandra Newbury, Francine Cigel, Kathy Toohey-Kurth, Kirsten St. George, David E. Wentworth, Stephen Lindstrom, and C. Todd Davis

Author affiliations:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (A. Marinova-Petkova, Y. Jang, B. Lynch, N. Zanders, M. Rodriguez, J. Jones, S. Thor, E. Hodges, J.A. De La Cruz, J. Belser, H. Yang, P. Carney, B. Shu, L. Berman, T. Stark, J. Barnes, F. Havers, P. Yang, S.C. Trock, A. Fry, L. Gubareva, J.S. Bresee, J. Stevens, D.E. Wentworth, S. Lindstrom, C.T. Davis); New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA (J. Laplante, K. St. George); New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, New York, USA (D. Daskalakis, D. Liu, C.T. Lee); US Department of Agriculture, Ames, Iowa, USA (M.K. Torchetti); University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (S. Newbury, F. Cigel, K. Toohey-Kurth)

An outbreak of influenza A(H7N2) virus in cats in a shelter in New York, NY, USA, resulted in zoonotic transmission. Virus isolated from the infected human was closely related to virus isolated from a cat; both were related to low pathogenicity avian influenza A(H7N2) viruses detected in the United States during the early 2000s.



December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am

Oseltamivir Use Among Children and Adults Hospitalized With Community-Acquired Pneumonia.

Open Forum Infect Dis. Dec. 27, 2016 V.4 N.1

Oboho IK1,2, Bramley A1, Finelli L1, Fry A1, Ampofo K3, Arnold SR4,5, Self WH6, Williams DJ6, Courtney DM7, Zhu Y6, Anderson EJ8, Grijalva CG6, McCullers JA4,5, Wunderink RG7, Pavia AT3, Edwards KM6, Jain S1.

Author information

1 Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

2 Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

3 University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City.

4 Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

5 University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

6 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

7 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

8 Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.



Data on oseltamivir treatment among hospitalized community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients are limited.


Patients hospitalized with CAP at 6 hospitals during the 2010-2012 influenza seasons were included. We assessed factors associated with oseltamivir treatment using logistic regression.


Oseltamivir treatment was provided to 89 of 1627 (5%) children (<18 years) and 143 of 1051 (14%) adults. Among those with positive clinician-ordered influenza tests, 39 of 61 (64%) children and 37 of 48 (77%) adults received oseltamivir. Among children, oseltamivir treatment was associated with hospital A (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 2.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.36-4.88), clinician-ordered testing performed (aOR, 2.44; 95% CI, 1.47-5.19), intensive care unit (ICU) admission (aOR, 2.09; 95% CI, 1.27-3.45), and age ≥2 years (aOR, 1.43; 95% CI, 1.16-1.76). Among adults, oseltamivir treatment was associated with clinician-ordered testing performed (aOR, 8.38; 95% CI, 4.64-15.12), hospitals D and E (aOR, 3.46-5.11; 95% CI, 1.75-11.01), Hispanic ethnicity (aOR, 2.06; 95% CI, 1.18-3.59), and ICU admission (aOR, 2.05; 95% CI, 1.34-3.13).


Among patients hospitalized with CAP during influenza season, oseltamivir treatment was moderate overall and associated with clinician-ordered testing, severe illness, and specific hospitals. Increased clinician education is needed to include influenza in the differential diagnosis for hospitalized CAP patients and to test and treat patients empirically if influenza is suspected.


July 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

Neumonía adquirida en la comunidad – Guía práctica elaborada por un comité intersociedades

Medicina (B. Aires) Julio/Agosto 2003 V.63 N.4

Luna C. M.1, Calmaggi A.2, Caberloto O.1, Gentile J.2, Valentín R.1, 3, Ciruzzi J.1 , Clara L.2, Rizzo O.1, Lasdica S.1, 3, Blumenfeld M.2, Benchetrit G.2, Famiglietti A.4, ApezteguIa C.1, 3, Monteverde A.1 y Grupo Argentino de Estudio de la NAC

1 Asociación Argentina de Medicina Respiratoria (AAMR),

2 Sociedad Argentina de Infectología (SADI),

3 Sociedad Argentina de Terapia Intensiva (SATI),

4 Sociedad Argentina de Bacteriología Clínica (SADEBAC), Asociación Argentina de Microbiología (AAM),

5 Sociedad Argentina de Virología (SAV),

6 Sociedad Argentina de Medicina (SAM), Buenos Aires


Las guías para neumonía adquirida en la comunidad (NAC) contribuyen a ordenar el manejo de los pacientes. La NAC presenta cambios en su etiología, epidemiología y sensibilidad a antibióticos que obligan a la revisión periódica de las guías. Un comité intersociedades elaboró esta guía dividida en tópicos y basada en guías y estudios clínicos recientes. La NAC afecta anualmente al 1% de la población; la mayoría de los pacientes requiere atención ambulatoria, en otros reviste gravedad (representa la 6ª causa de muerte en Argentina). La etiología es diferente si el paciente es ambulatorio, requiere internación en sala general o en terapia intensiva, pero no hay forma segura de predecirla clínicamente. Los predictores de mala evolución son: edad, antecedentes personales y comorbilidades y hallazgos del examen físico, del laboratorio y de la radiografía de tórax.  Entre 10 y 25% de los pacientes que se internan deben hacerlo en terapia intensiva para ventilación mecánica o soporte hemodinámico (NAC grave), tanto inicialmente como durante su evolución. Estos pacientes presentan alta mortalidad; algunos criterios ayudan a reconocerlos. Embarazo, EPOC e internación en institutos geriátricos requieren consideraciones especiales. El diagnóstico es clínico, los métodos complementarios ayudan a determinar la etiología y la gravedad: la radiografía de tórax debe practicarse en todos los pacientes; el resto de los estudios están indicados en internados. El tratamiento inicial es empírico y debe iniciarse precozmente usando antibióticos activos frente a los gérmenes blanco, evitando el uso inapropiado que induce el desarrollo de resistencias. El tratamiento no debe prolongarse innecesariamente. Hidratación, nutrición, oxígeno y el manejo de las complicaciones complementan al tratamiento antibiótico. La prevención se basa en la profilaxis antinfluenza y antineumocóccica, evitar la aspiración y medidas generales.


March 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Effect of Statin Use on Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness

Journal of Infectious Diseases October 15, 2016 V.214 N.8 P.1150-1158

Huong Q. McLean, Brian D. W. Chow, Jeffrey J. VanWormer, Jennifer P. King, and Edward A. Belongia

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Wisconsin


Recent studies suggest that statin use may reduce influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE), but laboratory-confirmed influenza was not assessed.


Patients ≥45 years old presenting with acute respiratory illness were prospectively enrolled during the 2004–2005 through 2014–2015 influenza seasons. Vaccination and statin use were extracted from electronic records. Respiratory samples were tested for influenza virus.


The analysis included 3285 adults: 1217 statin nonusers (37%), 903 unvaccinated statin nonusers (27%), 847 vaccinated statin users (26%), and 318 unvaccinated statin users (10%). Statin use modified VE and the risk of influenza A(H3N2) virus infection (P = .002) but not 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus (A[H1N1]pdm09) or influenza B virus infection (P = .2 and .4, respectively). VE against influenza A(H3N2) was 45% (95% confidence interval [CI], 27%–59%) among statin nonusers and −21% (95% CI, −84% to 20%) among statin users. Vaccinated statin users had significant protection against influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (VE, 68%; 95% CI, 19%–87%) and influenza B (VE, 48%; 95% CI, 1%–73%). Statin use did not significantly modify VE when stratified by prior season vaccination. In validation analyses, the use of other cardiovascular medications did not modify influenza VE.


Statin use was associated with reduced VE against influenza A(H3N2) but not influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 or influenza B. Further research is needed to assess biologic plausibility and confirm these results.



December 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Guidelines for management of community-acquired pneumonia in adults.

Medicina (B Aires). 2015;75(4):245-57.

[Article in Spanish]

Lopardo G1, Basombrío A, Clara L, Desse J, De Vedia L, Di Libero E, Gañete M, López Furst MJ, Mykietiuk A, Nemirovsky C, Osuna C, Pensotti C, Scapellato P.

Author information

1Sociedad Argentina de Infectología, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail:


Community-acquired pneumonia in adults is a common cause of morbidity and mortality particularly in the elderly and in patients with comorbidities. Most episodes are of bacterial origin, Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most frequently isolated pathogen. Epidemiological surveillance provides information about changes in microorganisms and their susceptibility. In recent years there has been an increase in cases caused by community-acquired meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Legionella sp. The chest radiograph is essential as a diagnostic tool. CURB-65 score and pulse oximetry allow stratifying patients into those who require outpatient care, general hospital room or admission to intensive care unit. Diagnostic studies and empirical antimicrobial therapy are also based on this stratification. The use of biomarkers such as procalcitonin or C-reactive protein is not part of the initial evaluation because its use has not been shown to modify the initial approach. We recommend treatment with amoxicillin for outpatients under 65 year old and without comorbidities, for patients 65 years or more or with comorbidities amoxicillin-clavulanic/sulbactam, for patients hospitalized in general ward ampicillin-sulbactam with or without the addition of clarithromycin, and for patients admitted to intensive care unit ampicillin-sulbactam plus clarithromycin. Suggested treatment duration is 5 to 7 days for outpatients and 7 to 10 for those who are hospitalized. During the influenza season addition of oseltamivir for hospitalized patients and for those with comorbidities is suggested.


October 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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