Does monastic life predispose to the risk of Saint Anthony’s fire (Herpes Zoster)?Archived
The impact of the epidemiology of varicella on zoster epidemiology is still debated.
Gaillat J, Gajdos V, Launay O, Malvy D, Demoures B, Lewden L et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2011;53(5):405–410.
One of the hypotheses, supported by 4 recent studies, is that repeated contacts with varicella reduce the risk of zoster. Even though the opposite assumption that “the absence of contact with varicella causes an increased risk” remains unproven, it is used as an argument against childhood varicella programmes in some countries in EU. The authors test this assumption in a very creative and methodologically rigorous study, which failed to demonstrate that the absence of contact with varicella caused an increased risk of zoster. This study constitutes a very interesting piece of work and could provide important information to support varicella vaccine introduction in childhood.
Extensively drug-resistant gonorrhoea: risk of further dissemination within and across Europe
1 Apr 2019 - ECDC comment on the study 'Detection in the United Kingdom of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae FC428 clone, with ceftriaxone resistance and intermediate resistance to azithromycin, October to December 2018' by Eyre et al. in the Eurosurveillance edition of 7 March 2019.
Conclusions of the twentieth IHR Emergency Committee do not change the ECDC risk assessment for Europe concerning polio
11 Mar 2019 - Statement of the twentieth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus, 1 March 2019
WHO recommendations for influenza virus vaccine composition for the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere season
1 Mar 2019 - On 18–20 February 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on the recommended composition of the quadrivalent influenza vaccine for the northern hemisphere 2019–2020 influenza season: an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, an A(H3N2) virus component to be announced on 21 March 2019, a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage) and a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).