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Imported toxin-producing cutaneous diphtheria— Minnesota, Washington, and New Mexico, 2015–2018.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep March 29, 2019 V.68 N.12 P.281-284

Griffith J et al.

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Cutaneous diphtheria has not been notifiable in the United States since 1980, and U.S. disease incidence data are limited.

What is added by this report?

Toxin-producing Corynebacterium diphtheriae was identified in cutaneous wounds from four U.S. residents after return from international travel. Public health response for toxin-producing diphtheria includes treating patients, providing chemoprophylaxis to close contacts, testing patients and close contacts for C. diphtheriae carriage, and providing diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine to incompletely immunized patients and close contacts.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Cutaneous toxin-producing diphtheria should be considered in travelers with wound infections who have returned from countries with endemic disease to permit prompt public health response and prevent disease transmission.

 

From September 2015 to March 2018, CDC confirmed four cases of cutaneous diphtheria caused by toxin-producing Corynebacterium diphtheriae in patients from Minnesota (two), Washington (one), and New Mexico (one). All patients had recently returned to the United States after travel to countries where diphtheria is endemic. C. diphtheriae infection was not clinically suspected in any of the patients; treating institutions detected the organism through matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) testing of wound-derived coryneform isolates. MALDI-TOF is a rapid screening platform that uses mass spectrometry to identify bacterial pathogens. State public health laboratories confirmed C. diphtheriae through culture and sent isolates to CDC’s Pertussis and Diphtheria Laboratory for biotyping, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, and toxin production testing. All isolates were identified as toxin-producing C. diphtheriae. The recommended public health response for cutaneous diphtheria is similar to that for respiratory diphtheria and includes treating the index patient with antibiotics, identifying close contacts and observing them for development of diphtheria, providing chemoprophylaxis to close contacts, testing patients and close contacts for C. diphtheriae carriage in the nose and throat, and providing diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine to incompletely immunized patients and close contacts. This report summarizes the patient clinical information and response efforts conducted by the Minnesota, Washington, and New Mexico state health departments and CDC and emphasizes that health care providers should consider cutaneous diphtheria as a diagnosis in travelers with wound infections who have returned from countries with endemic diphtheria.

FULL TEXT

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6812a2.htm?s_cid=mm6812a2_w

PDF

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/pdfs/mm6812a2-H.pdf

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April 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

Chile: Primer reporte de colonización por Candida auris uris en un paciente procedente de India

Sociedad Chilena de Infectología

Microbiólogos e infectólogos del Hospital del Salvador, de Santiago, reportaron el 1er aislamiento en Chile de Candida auris en un paciente de nacionalidad india y radicado en Chile hace 30 años. El paciente es diabético tipo II de larga data.

En agosto 2018 evolucionó con signos de isquemia y posteriormente necrosis del 4to dedo izquierdo asociado a celulitis del mismo pie.

Sus familiares decidieron el traslado a Mumbay (India), para su tratamiento.

Fue amputado en un hospital en Mumbay el 20/agosto/2018. Completó 24 días de hospitalización por dificultad en el manejo de su diabetes mellitus, y posteriormente continuó con curaciones ambulatorias en el mismo centro.

Una semana antes de volver a Chile, en octubre 2018, notó signos compatibles con necrosis en la falange distal del 3er dedo ipsilateral.

Consultó a su regreso a Chile en el Servicio de Urgencia de un centro privado. Fue derivado al Hospital del Salvador, donde se estudió y derivó a cirugía vascular para amputación del 3er y 5to dedos  izquierdos con diagnóstico de pie diabético con complicaciones vasculares, sin signos de infección.

El 26/diciembre/2018 ingresó a pabellón, donde se tomaron cultivos de tejido del lecho de amputación y de una úlcera plantar en relación a la base del 5to dedo.

Luego de 48 hs de incubación no hubo crecimiento de colonias en el cultivo corriente, por lo que se realizó un traspaso final desde el caldo tioglicolato a un agar sangre.

El 31/12/2018 se estudió una colonia blanca pequeña, la que es identificada como Kokuria kristinae (98% de concordancia). Se realizó tinción de Gram de dicha colonia, observándose levaduras.

El 2/enero/2019 se procesó nuevamente, dando como resultado C. auris con 99% de concordancia.

En función de los resultados obtenidos, se envió la cepa al Instituto de Salud Pública (ISP), quien el 17/enero/2019 confirmó la identificación.

El paciente no fue tratado con antifúngicos debido a que este hallazgo fue interpretado como una colonización, al no existir síntomas ni signos inflamatorios en el sitio quirúrgico.

En controles posteriores, un mes después de la amputación, se evidenciaron elementos compatibles con infección del sitio quirúrgico (ISQ) realizándose toilette de la zona en la cual se aislaron Klebsiella pneumoniae (en tejido óseo y partes blandas) y Staphylococcus aureus (partes blandas), pero no se ha vuelto a aislar C. auris en muestras de tejido y hueso del paciente.

Producto del patrón de susceptibilidad de los agentes identificados, se hospitalizó para tratamiento ATB IV, siendo sometido finalmente a una amputación trans-metatarsiana el 19/febrero/2019.

En dicho procedimiento se tomaron cultivos óseos y de tejidos blandos adyacentes con resultados negativos.

Durante esta hospitalización, se obtuvieron hisopados nasal, orofaríngeo, axilar e inguinorrectal para estudio de portación de C. auris, con resultados negativos.

Para los procesos de atención clínica, el paciente fue manejado con precauciones de contacto (unidad individual, uso de elementos de protección personal, aseo de unidad supervisado de acuerdo a protocolo interno).

Candida auris es un hongo emergente considerado una seria amenaza para la salud pública. La preocupación mundial por C. auris se debe principalmente a tres razones:

1) la resistencia que presenta a múltiples antifúngicos comúnmente utilizados para tratar las infecciones por Candida;

2) los errores en la identificación con los métodos de laboratorio estándar;

3) ser causa de brotes intrahospitalarios en los cinco continentes.

Por esta razón, es importante identificar rápidamente la presencia de C. auris en un paciente hospitalizado, para que se puedan tomar las precauciones especiales para detener su propagación. Dado el gran potencial de diseminación de esta Candida, es muy importante reforzar las medidas de control para reducir el riesgo de transmisión.

Fuente:

Primer reporte en Chile de colonización por Candida auris en un paciente procedente de India.

Sociedad Chilena de Infectología (Chile)

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http://www.sochinf.cl/portal/templates/sochinf2008/documentos/2019/Primer_reporte_Chile_colonizacion_Candida_auris_India.pdf

April 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

Cost-effectiveness analysis of quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccines in England.

BMC Med. September 8, 2017 V.15 N.1 P.166.

Thorrington D1, van Leeuwen E2,3, Ramsay M4, Pebody R2, Baguelin M2,5.

Author information

1 Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ, UK. dominic.thorrington@phe.gov.uk

2 Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ, UK.

3 Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London, SW7 2AZ, UK.

4 Immunisation, Hepatitis & Blood Safety Department, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ, UK.

5 Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

As part of the national seasonal influenza vaccination programme in England and Wales, children receive a quadrivalent vaccine offering protection against two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains. Healthy children receive a quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (QLAIV), whilst children with contraindications receive the quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (QIIV). Individuals aged younger than 65 years in the clinical risk populations and elderly individuals aged 65+ years receive either a trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIIV) offering protection from two A strains and one B strain or the QIIV at the choice of their general practitioner. The cost-effectiveness of quadrivalent vaccine programmes is an open question. The original analysis that supported the paediatric programme only considered a trivalent live attenuated vaccine (LAIV). The cost-effectiveness of the QIIV to other patients has not been established. We sought to estimate the cost-effectiveness of these programmes, establishing a maximum incremental total cost per dose of quadrivalent vaccines over trivalent vaccines.

METHODS:

We used the same mathematical model as the analysis that recommended the introduction of the paediatric influenza vaccination programme. The incremental cost of the quadrivalent vaccine is the additional cost over that of the existing trivalent vaccine currently in use.

RESULTS:

Introducing quadrivalent vaccines can be cost-effective for all targeted groups. However, the cost-effectiveness of the programme is dependent on the choice of target cohort and the cost of the vaccines: the paediatric programme is cost-effective with an increased cost of £6.36 per dose, though an extension to clinical risk individuals younger than 65 years old and further to all elderly individuals means the maximum incremental cost is £1.84 and £0.20 per dose respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Quadrivalent influenza vaccines will bring substantial health benefits, as they are cost-effective in particular target groups.

PDF

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5590113/pdf/12916_2017_Article_932.pdf

April 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm

A review of the value of quadrivalent influenza vaccines and their potential contribution to influenza control.

Hum Vaccin Immunother. July 3, 2017 V.13 N.7 P.1640-1652.

Ray R1, Dos Santos G2, Buck PO3, Claeys C1, Matias G1, Innis BL3, Bekkat-Berkani R1.

Author information

1 a GSK , Wavre , Belgium.

2 b Business & Decision Life Sciences , Brussels , Belgium (on behalf of GSK).

3 c GSK , Philadelphia , PA , USA.

Abstract

The contribution of influenza B to the seasonal influenza burden varies from year-to-year. Although 2 antigenically distinct influenza B virus lineages have co-circulated since 2001, trivalent influenza vaccines (TIVs) contain antigens from only one influenza B virus. B-mismatch or co-circulation of both B lineages results in increased morbidity and mortality attributable to the B lineage absent from the vaccine. Quadrivalent vaccines (QIVs) contain both influenza B lineages. We reviewed currently licensed QIVs and their value by focusing on the preventable disease burden. Modeling studies support that QIVs are expected to prevent more influenza cases, hospitalisations and deaths than TIVs, although estimates of the case numbers prevented vary according to local specificities. The value of QIVs is demonstrated by their capacity to broaden the immune response and reduce the likelihood of a B-mismatched season. Some health authorities have preferentially recommended QIVs over TIVs in their influenza prevention programmes.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5512791/pdf/khvi-13-07-1313375.pdf

 

April 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Safety and Immunogenicity of MF59-Adjuvanted Cell Culture-Derived A/H5N1 Subunit Influenza Virus Vaccine: Dose-Finding Clinical Trials in Adults and the Elderly.

 Open Forum Infect Dis. March 1, 2019 V.6 N.4 

Frey SE1, Shakib S2, Chanthavanich P3, Richmond P4, Smith T5, Tantawichien T6, Kittel C7, Jaehnig P7, Mojares Z8, Verma B9, Kanesa-Thasan N9, Hohenboken M10.

Author information

1 School of Medicine, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

2 CMAX Clinical Research Pty Ltd., Adelaide, SA, Australia.

3 Department of Tropical Pediatrics, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

4 Division of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia, and Vaccine Trials Group, Telethon Kids Institute, Subiaco, WA, Australia.

5 Mercy Health Research, St. Louis, Missouri.

6 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

7 GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines GmbH, Marburg, Germany.

8 GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd., Singapore, Singapore.

9 GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines LLC, Rockville, Maryland.

10 Seqirus Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A/H5N1 influenza viruses have high pandemic potential; consequently, vaccines need to be produced rapidly. MF59® adjuvant reduces the antigen required per dose, allowing for dose sparing and more rapid vaccine availability.

METHODS:

Two multicenter, phase II trials were conducted to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of an MF59-adjuvanted, cell culture-derived, A/H5N1 vaccine (aH5N1c) among 979 adult (18-64 years old) and 1393 elderly (≥65 years old) subjects. Participants were equally randomized to receive 2 full-dose (7.5 μg of hemagglutinin antigen per dose) or 2 half-dose aH5N1c vaccinations 3 weeks apart. Outcomes were based on Center for Biologics Evaluation Research and Review (CBER) and Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) licensure criteria (titers ≥1:40 and seroconversions on day 43). Solicited reactions and adverse events were assessed (www.clinicaltrials.gov: NCT01776541 and NCT01766921).

RESULTS:

CBER and CHMP criteria were met by both age groups. CBER criteria for hemagglutination titers were met for the full-dose formulation. Solicited reaction frequencies tended to be higher in the full-dose group and were of mild to moderate intensity. No vaccine-related serious adverse events occurred.

CONCLUSIONS:

In adult and elderly participants, the full-dose aH5N1c vaccine formulation was well tolerated and met US and European licensure criteria for pandemic vaccines.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6446137/pdf/ofz107.pdf

April 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm

RECOMENDACIONES PARA LA PREVENCIÓN DE INFECCIONES ASOCIADAS A ARTOPLASTIA ELECTIVA EN ADULTOS

Medicina (Buenos Aires). 2017 V.77 N.2 P.143-157

JUAN CARLOS CHULUYÁN1*, ANDREA VILA2*, ANA LAURA CHATTÁS3*, MARCELO MONTERO3*, CLAUDIA PENSOTTI4*+, CLAUDIA TOSELLO5*, MARISA SÁNCHEZ6*, CECILIA VERA OCAMPO7*, GUILLERMINA KREMER8*, RODOLFO QUIRÓS8*, GUILLERMO A. BENCHETRIT9*,CAROLINA FERNANDA PÉREZ10*, ANA LAURA TERUSI11*, FRANCISCO NACINOVICH12*

1 Grupo de Trabajo Infectología, Hospital General de Agudos Dr. T. Álvarez,

2 Servicio de Infectología, Hospital Italiano de Mendoza,

3 Hospital General de Agudos Dr. Pirovano,

4 Clínica Monte Grande,

5 Hospital de Clínicas José de San Martín, UBA,

6 Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires,

7 Sanatorio Dupuytren,

8 Hospital Universitario Austral,

9 Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas A. Lanari, UBA,

10 Policlínico del Docente-Centro Médico Huésped,

11 Instituto César Milstein,

12 Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires, Centros Médicos Dr. Stamboulian, Argentina

Las infecciones del sitio quirúrgico que complican las cirugías ortopédicas con implante prolongan la estadía hospitalaria y aumentan tanto el riesgo de readmisión como el costo de la internación y la mortalidad. Las presentes recomendaciones están dirigidas a:

(i) optimizar el cumplimiento de normas y la incorporación de hábitos en cada una de las fases de la cirugía, detectando factores de riesgo para infecciones del sitio quirúrgico potencialmente corregibles o modificables; y

(ii) adecuar la profilaxis antibiótica preoperatoria y el cuidado intra y postoperatorio.

PDF

http://www.medicinabuenosaires.com/PMID/28463223.pdf

April 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Review – Candida auris – Review of the Literature

Clinical Microbiology Reviews January 2018 V.31 N.1

Anna Jeffery-Smith, Surabhi K. Taori, Silke Schelenz, Katie Jeffery, Elizabeth M. Johnson, Andrew Borman, Candida auris Incident Management Team, Rohini Manuel, Colin S. Brown

The emerging pathogen Candida auris has been associated with nosocomial outbreaks on five continents. Genetic analysis indicates the simultaneous emergence of separate clades of this organism in different geographical locations.

Invasive infection and colonization have been detected predominantly in patients in high-dependency settings and have garnered attention due to variable antifungal resistance profiles and transmission within units instituting a range of infection prevention and control measures. Issues with the identification of C. auris using both phenotypic and molecular techniques have raised concerns about detecting the true scale of the problem.

This review considers the literature available on C. auris and highlights the key unknowns, which will provide direction for further work in this field.

FULL TEXT

https://cmr.asm.org/content/31/1/e00029-17

PDF

https://cmr.asm.org/content/cmr/31/1/e00029-17.full.pdf

 

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