Epidemiological update: Legionnaires’ disease cases associated with travel to Dubai, 22 June 2017
The ECDC ELDSNet surveillance scheme on travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD) observed an increase in the number of cases associated with travel to Dubai in the last quarter of 2016, compared with previous years.
Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and Venezuela
An outbreak of diphtheria is currently being experienced in Yemen and Venezuela. One hundred and twenty diphtheria cases have been reported in Yemen in the last two months, while Venezuela has seen more than 500 probable cases in 2017, as detailed in today’s Communicable Disease Threat Report.
Epidemiological update of 18 April: avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China
As of 18 April, eighty-seven (87) cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9) have been reported from six provinces in eastern China.
Protracted rheumatic manifestations in travelersArchived
This paper describes a small retrospective observational study of Israeli travellers presenting to a tropical medicine clinic with a history of prolonged (4 weeks), non-traumatic arthralgia or arthritis over a 5 year period.
Imported methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, SwedenArchived
The authors analyzed data on 444 imported cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Sweden during the period 2000-2003. The risk for MRSA carriage or infection in returning travellers ranged from 0.1 per million travellers returning from Nordic countries to 59.4 per million travellers returning from North Africa and the Middle East.
Case Report: Imported Plasmodium knowlesi Malaria in a French Tourist Returning from ThailandArchived
The authors describe a case of imported Plasmodium knowlesi infection in a French tourist acquired in Thailand. The patient had spent a three month beach holiday on the west coast of Thailand including a one month stay on the Island of Ko Payam.
Artemisinin resistance: the clock is tickingArchived
Artemisinin resistance in falciparum malaria has emerged in western Cambodia exactly where chloroquine resistance arose 50 years ago. Similarly to the resistance to chloroquine that spread to Africa, the experts are wondering whether artemisinin resistance will spread as widely. In such a case the consequences would be disastrous.
Dissemination of NDM-1 positive bacteria in the New Delhi environment and its implications for human health: an environmental point prevalence studyArchived
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactmase-1 (NDM-1) positive bacteria in the New Delhi environment. The authors collected convenience samples of seepage and public tap water in New Delhi, India. Control material was collected at the Cardiff Wastewater Treatment Works, UK.