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Fungal Infections From Human And Animal Contact, Dennis J. Baumgardner 2017 Aurora UW Medical Group, Aurora Health Care; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Center for Urban Population Health

Fungal Infections From Human And Animal Contact, Dennis J. Baumgardner

Dennis J. Baumgardner. MD

Fungal infections in humans resulting from human or animal contact are relatively uncommon, but they include a significant proportion of dermatophyte infections. Some of the most commonly encountered diseases of the integument are dermatomycoses. Human or animal contact may be the source of all types of tinea infections, occasional candidal infections, and some other types of superficial or deep fungal infections. This narrative review focuses on the epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of anthropophilic dermatophyte infections primarily found in North America. Other human-acquired and zoonotic fungal infections also are discussed in brief.


Freshwater Fungal Infections, Dennis J. Baumgardner 2017 Aurora UW Medical Group, Aurora Health Care

Freshwater Fungal Infections, Dennis J. Baumgardner

Dennis J. Baumgardner. MD

Fungal infections as a result of freshwater exposure or trauma are fortunately rare. Etiologic agents are varied, but commonly include filamentous fungi and Candida. This narrative review describes various sources of potential freshwater fungal exposure and the diseases that may result, including fungal keratitis, acute otitis externa and tinea pedis, as well as rare deep soft tissue or bone infections and pulmonary or central nervous system infections following traumatic freshwater exposure during natural disasters or near-drowning episodes. Fungal etiology should be suspected in appropriate scenarios when bacterial cultures or molecular tests are normal or when the infection worsens or fails ...


Strategic Approach Of An Urban 900-Bed Academic Medical Center To Combat Clostridium Difficile Infection Transmission Using Staff Engagement, Courtney Mitchell, MPH, Kelly Zabriskie, CIC 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

Strategic Approach Of An Urban 900-Bed Academic Medical Center To Combat Clostridium Difficile Infection Transmission Using Staff Engagement, Courtney Mitchell, Mph, Kelly Zabriskie, Cic

Department of Medicine Posters

BACKGROUND

  • Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) caused nearly 500,000 illnesses with 29,000 deaths in the United States
  • Preventing hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infection (HA-CDI) is crucial to modern healthcare systems for reducing mortality, healthcare costs and length of stay
  • There are multiple risk factors for CDI transmission in healthcare settings:
    • Failure to comply with hand hygiene
    • Ineffective equipment and surface cleaning
    • Diagnosis delays

Poster presented at: APIC 2017 in Portland Oregon, United States.


Safety Of Induced Sputum Collection In Children Hospitalized With Severe Or Very Severe Pneumonia., Andrea N DeLuca, Laura L Hammitt, Julia Kim, Melissa M Higdon, Henry C Baggett, Daniel E Park, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

Safety Of Induced Sputum Collection In Children Hospitalized With Severe Or Very Severe Pneumonia., Andrea N Deluca, Laura L Hammitt, Julia Kim, Melissa M Higdon, Henry C Baggett, Daniel E Park, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.: Induced sputum (IS) may provide diagnostic information about the etiology of pneumonia. The safety of this procedure across a heterogeneous population with severe pneumonia in low- and middle-income countries has not been described.

Methods.: IS specimens were obtained as part a 7-country study of the etiology of severe and very severe pneumonia in hospitalized childrenbefore, during, and after the procedure to record oxygen requirement, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, consciousness level, and other evidence of clinical deterioration. Criteria for IS contraindications were predefined and serious adverse events (SAEs) were reported to ethics committees and a central safety monitor.

Results.: A ...


Is Higher Viral Load In The Upper Respiratory Tract Associated With Severe Pneumonia? Findings From The Perch Study., Daniel R Feikin, Wei Fu, Daniel E Park, Qiyuan Shi, Melissa M Higdon, Henry C Baggett, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

Is Higher Viral Load In The Upper Respiratory Tract Associated With Severe Pneumonia? Findings From The Perch Study., Daniel R Feikin, Wei Fu, Daniel E Park, Qiyuan Shi, Melissa M Higdon, Henry C Baggett, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.

The etiologic inference of identifying a pathogen in the upper respiratory tract (URT) of children with pneumonia is unclear. To determine if viral load could provide evidence of causality of pneumonia, we compared viral load in the URT of children with World Health Organization–defined severe and very severe pneumonia and age-matched community controls.

Methods.

In the 9 developing country sites, nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal swabs from children with and without pneumonia were tested using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction for 17 viruses. The association of viral load with case status was evaluated using logistic regression. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves ...


Standardization Of Clinical Assessment And Sample Collection Across All Perch Study Sites., Jane Crawley, Christine Prosperi, Henry C Baggett, W Abdullah Brooks, Maria Deloria Knoll, Daniel E Park, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

Standardization Of Clinical Assessment And Sample Collection Across All Perch Study Sites., Jane Crawley, Christine Prosperi, Henry C Baggett, W Abdullah Brooks, Maria Deloria Knoll, Daniel E Park, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.: Variable adherence to standardized case definitions, clinical procedures, specimen collection techniques, and laboratory methods has complicated the interpretation of previous multicenter pneumonia etiology studies. To circumvent these problems, a program of clinical standardization was embedded in the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study.

Methods.: Between March 2011 and August 2013, standardized training on the PERCH case definition, clinical procedures, and collection of laboratory specimens was delivered to 331 clinical staff at 9 study sites in 7 countries (The Gambia, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, Zambia, Thailand, and Bangladesh), through 32 on-site courses and a training website. Staff competency ...


Data Management And Data Quality In Perch, A Large International Case-Control Study Of Severe Childhood Pneumonia., Nora L Watson, Christine Prosperi, Amanda J Driscoll, Melissa M Higdon, Daniel E Park, Megan Sanza, Andrea N DeLuca, Juliet O Awori, Doli Goswami, Emily Hammond, Lokman Hossain, Catherine Johnson, Alice Kamau, Locadiah Kuwanda, David P Moore, Omid Neyzari, Uma Onwuchekwa, David Parker, Patranuch Sapchookul 2017 George Washington University

Data Management And Data Quality In Perch, A Large International Case-Control Study Of Severe Childhood Pneumonia., Nora L Watson, Christine Prosperi, Amanda J Driscoll, Melissa M Higdon, Daniel E Park, Megan Sanza, Andrea N Deluca, Juliet O Awori, Doli Goswami, Emily Hammond, Lokman Hossain, Catherine Johnson, Alice Kamau, Locadiah Kuwanda, David P Moore, Omid Neyzari, Uma Onwuchekwa, David Parker, Patranuch Sapchookul

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

The Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study is the largest multicountry etiology study of pediatric pneumonia undertaken in the past 3 decades. The study enrolled 4232 hospitalized cases and 5325 controls over 2 years across 9 research sites in 7 countries in Africa and Asia. The volume and complexity of data collection in PERCH presented considerable logistical and technical challenges. The project chose an internet-based data entry system to allow real-time access to the data, enabling the project to monitor and clean incoming data and perform preliminary analyses throughout the study. To ensure high-quality data, the project developed ...


The Diagnostic Utility Of Induced Sputum Microscopy And Culture In Childhood Pneumonia., David R Murdoch, Susan C Morpeth, Laura L Hammitt, Amanda J Driscoll, Nora L Watson, Daniel E Park, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

The Diagnostic Utility Of Induced Sputum Microscopy And Culture In Childhood Pneumonia., David R Murdoch, Susan C Morpeth, Laura L Hammitt, Amanda J Driscoll, Nora L Watson, Daniel E Park, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.

Sputum microscopy and culture are commonly used for diagnosing the cause of pneumonia in adults but are rarely performed in children due to difficulties in obtaining specimens. Induced sputum is occasionally used to investigate lower respiratory infections in children but has not been widely used in pneumonia etiology studies. Methods.

We evaluated the diagnostic utility of induced sputum microscopy and culture in patients enrolled in the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study, a large study of community-acquired pneumonia in children aged 1–59 months. Comparisons were made between induced sputum samples from hospitalized children with radiographically confirmed ...


Microscopic Analysis And Quality Assessment Of Induced Sputum From Children With Pneumonia In The Perch Study., David R Murdoch, Susan C Morpeth, Laura L Hammitt, Amanda J Driscoll, Daniel E Park, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

Microscopic Analysis And Quality Assessment Of Induced Sputum From Children With Pneumonia In The Perch Study., David R Murdoch, Susan C Morpeth, Laura L Hammitt, Amanda J Driscoll, Daniel E Park, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.

It is standard practice for laboratories to assess the cellular quality of expectorated sputum specimens to check that they originated from the lower respiratory tract. The presence of low numbers of squamous epithelial cells (SECs) and high numbers of polymorphonuclear (PMN) cells are regarded as indicative of a lower respiratory tract specimen. However, these quality ratings have never been evaluated for induced sputum specimens from children with suspected pneumonia. Methods.

We evaluated induced sputum Gram stain smears and cultures from hospitalized children aged 1–59 months enrolled in a large study of community-acquired pneumonia. We hypothesized that a specimen ...


Reduction Of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections In An Urban 40 Bed, Level Iii Neonatal Intensive Care Unit When New Practices Were Implemented, Roberta Glenn, BSMT (ASCP) CIC 2017 Thomas Jefferson University

Reduction Of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections In An Urban 40 Bed, Level Iii Neonatal Intensive Care Unit When New Practices Were Implemented, Roberta Glenn, Bsmt (Ascp) Cic

Department of Medicine Posters

BACKGROUND

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in the neonatal population is a major source of morbidity and mortality.
  • The disruption of skin and mucus membranes by the use of invasive devices contributes to the susceptibility of this population.
  • In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the CLABSI rate was continually increasing.
  • It became evident that new practice guidelines were necessary to reduce the CLABSI rate in this vulnerable population.

Poster presented at: APIC 2017 in Portland Oregon, United States.


Association Of C-Reactive Protein With Bacterial And Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Pneumonia Among Children Aged <5 Years In The Perch Study., Melissa M Higdon, Tham Le, Katherine L O'Brien, David R Murdoch, Christine Prosperi, Henry C Baggett, Daniel E Park, +several additional authors 2017 George Washington University

Association Of C-Reactive Protein With Bacterial And Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Pneumonia Among Children Aged <5 Years In The Perch Study., Melissa M Higdon, Tham Le, Katherine L O'Brien, David R Murdoch, Christine Prosperi, Henry C Baggett, Daniel E Park, +Several Additional Authors

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Publications

Background.

Lack of a gold standard for identifying bacterial and viral etiologies of pneumonia has limited evaluation of C-reactive protein (CRP) for identifying bacterial pneumonia. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of CRP for identifying bacterial vs respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) pneumonia in the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) multicenter case-control study. Methods.

We measured serum CRP levels in cases with World Health Organization–defined severe or very severe pneumonia and a subset of community controls. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of elevated CRP for “confirmed” bacterial pneumonia (positive blood culture or positive lung aspirate or pleural ...


Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance In Early And Late-Onset Neonatal Sepsis, Lamiaa Mohnsen, Nermin Ramy, Dalia Saied, Dina Akmal, Niveen Salama, Mona Abdel Haleim, Hany Aly 2017 George Washington University

Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance In Early And Late-Onset Neonatal Sepsis, Lamiaa Mohnsen, Nermin Ramy, Dalia Saied, Dina Akmal, Niveen Salama, Mona Abdel Haleim, Hany Aly

Pediatrics Faculty Publications

Background

Compared to developed countries, the use of antimicrobials in Egypt is less regulated and is available over the counter without the need for prescriptions. The impact of such policy on antimicrobial resistance has not been studied. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of early and late onset sepsis, and the frequency of antimicrobial resistance in a major referral neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Methods

The study included all neonates admitted to the NICU over a 12-month period. Prospectively collected clinical and laboratory data were retrieved, including blood cultures and endotracheal aspirate cultures if performed.

Results

A total of ...


Association Of Hypercapnia On Admission With Increased Length Of Hospital Stay And Severity In Patients Admitted With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Prospective Observational Study From Pakistan., Nousheen Iqbal, Muhammad Irfan, Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi, Safia Awan, Javaid Khan 2017 Aga Khan University

Association Of Hypercapnia On Admission With Increased Length Of Hospital Stay And Severity In Patients Admitted With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Prospective Observational Study From Pakistan., Nousheen Iqbal, Muhammad Irfan, Ali Bin Sarwar Zubairi, Safia Awan, Javaid Khan

Department of Medicine

Objectives: To determine whether the presence of hypercapnia on admission in adult patients admitted to a university-based hospital in Karachi, Pakistan with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) correlates with an increased length of hospital stay and severity compared with no hypercapnia on admission.

Study Design: A prospective observational study.

Settings: Tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.

Methods: Patients who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled in the study. The severity of pneumonia was assessed by CURB-65 and PSI scores. An arterial blood gas analysis was obtained within 24 hours of admission. Based on arterial PaCO2 levels, patients were divided into three ...


Seroprevalence Of Antibodies Against Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Among Hiv-Negative People In China, Tiejun Zhang, Zhenqiu Liu, Jun Wang, Veenu Minhas, Charles Wood, Gary M. Clifford, Na He, Silvia Franceschi 2017 Fudan University

Seroprevalence Of Antibodies Against Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Among Hiv-Negative People In China, Tiejun Zhang, Zhenqiu Liu, Jun Wang, Veenu Minhas, Charles Wood, Gary M. Clifford, Na He, Silvia Franceschi

Virology Papers

Background: Little information on the prevalence of Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) among HIV-negative individuals is available from Asia.

Methods: In the present study, we report findings from a new survey of KSHV in 983 HIV-negative male migrants from Shanghai and their combination with previous similar surveys of 600 female migrants, 600 female sex-workers (FSW), 1336 sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic male patients, 439 intravenous drug-users (IVDU), and 226 men having sex with men (MSM) from China. KSHV-specific antibodies against latent and lytic antigens were assessed using Sf9 and BC3 monoclonal immunofluorescence assay. Age-adjusted prevalence ratios (PR) and 95 ...


Offering Self-Administered Oral Hiv Testing As A Choice To Truck Drivers In Kenya: Predictors Of Uptake And Need For Guidance While Self-Testing, Elizabeth A. Kelvin, Gavin George, Eva Mwai, Eston N. Nyaga, Joanne E. Mantell, Matthew L. Romo, Jacob O. Odhiambo, Kaymarlin Govender 2017 CUNY School of Public Health

Offering Self-Administered Oral Hiv Testing As A Choice To Truck Drivers In Kenya: Predictors Of Uptake And Need For Guidance While Self-Testing, Elizabeth A. Kelvin, Gavin George, Eva Mwai, Eston N. Nyaga, Joanne E. Mantell, Matthew L. Romo, Jacob O. Odhiambo, Kaymarlin Govender

Publications and Research

We assessed predictors of choosing self-administered oral HIV testing in the clinic with supervision versus the standard provider-administered blood test when offered the choice among 149 Kenyan truck drivers, described the types of guidance participants needed during self-testing and predictors of needing guidance. Overall, 56.38% of participants chose the self-test, 23.49% the provider-administered test, and 20.13% refused testing. In the adjusted regression models, each additional unit on the fatalism and self-efficacy scales was associated with 0.97 (p = 0.003) and 0.83 (p = 0.008) times lower odds of choosing the self-test, respectively. Overall, 52.38 ...


Balb/C Mice Immunized With A Combination Of Virus-Like Particles Incorporating Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (Kshv) Envelope Glycoproteins Gpk8.1, Gb, And Gh/Gl Induced Comparable Serum Neutralizing Antibody Activity To Uv-Inactivated Kshv, Anne K. Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T. Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo 2017 Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, CA

Balb/C Mice Immunized With A Combination Of Virus-Like Particles Incorporating Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (Kshv) Envelope Glycoproteins Gpk8.1, Gb, And Gh/Gl Induced Comparable Serum Neutralizing Antibody Activity To Uv-Inactivated Kshv, Anne K. Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T. Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo

Open Access Articles

Infection with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is estimated to account for over 44,000 new cases of Kaposi sarcoma annually, with 84% occurring in Africa, where the virus is endemic. To date, there is no prophylactic vaccine against KSHV. KSHV gpK8.1, gB, and gH/gL glycoproteins, implicated in the virus entry into host cells, are attractive vaccine targets for eliciting potent neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) against virus infection. We incorporated gpK8.1, gB, or gH/gL on the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs) and characterized these VLPs for their composition, size, and functionality. To determine which viral glycoprotein(s) elicit ...


The Presence Of Copd Does Not Influence Clinical Outcomes In Hospitalized Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Rosemeri Maurici, Alessandra Morello Gearhart, Vanessa Viríssimo Maciel, Forest Arnold, Francisco Fernandez, Annuradha K. Persaud, Stephen Furmanek, Timothy Wiemken, Julio Ramirez, Rodrigo Cavallazzi 2017 Postgraduate Program in Medical Sciences / Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

The Presence Of Copd Does Not Influence Clinical Outcomes In Hospitalized Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Rosemeri Maurici, Alessandra Morello Gearhart, Vanessa Viríssimo Maciel, Forest Arnold, Francisco Fernandez, Annuradha K. Persaud, Stephen Furmanek, Timothy Wiemken, Julio Ramirez, Rodrigo Cavallazzi

The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections

Introduction

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of death worldwide. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a well-established risk factor for development of CAP. What is not as clear is the impact of COPD in the outcomes of patients with CAP. In this study, we compared the outcomes of CAP in COPD and non-COPD patients.

Methods

This was a retrospective cohort study. We conducted a secondary analysis of the Community-Acquired Pneumonia Organization (CAPO) international cohort study database, which includes patients with CAP admitted to several hospitals throughout the world. Outcomes were time to clinical stability, length of hospital stay ...


Sepsis In Patients With Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Due To Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Incidence And Impact On Clinical Outcomes, Anupama Raghuram, Martin Gnoni, Timothy Lee Wiemken, Leslie Beavin, Julio A. Ramirez, Forest W. Arnold, Marcus J. Zervos, Daniel H. Kett, Thomas M. File Jr., Gary Stein, Kimbal D. Ford, Paula Peyrani, the IMPACT-HAP Investigators 2017 University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Sepsis In Patients With Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Due To Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Incidence And Impact On Clinical Outcomes, Anupama Raghuram, Martin Gnoni, Timothy Lee Wiemken, Leslie Beavin, Julio A. Ramirez, Forest W. Arnold, Marcus J. Zervos, Daniel H. Kett, Thomas M. File Jr., Gary Stein, Kimbal D. Ford, Paula Peyrani, The Impact-Hap Investigators

The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections

Background: Sepsis is a clinical syndrome associated with organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a serious infection frequently associated with sepsis. The objectives of this study were to define the incidence of sepsis and clinical failure in patients with MRSA VAP.

Methods: This was a secondary analysis of the Improving Medicine through Pathway Assessment of Critical Therapy in Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (IMPACT-HAP) study database. VAP was defined according to CDC criteria. MRSA VAP was considered when MRSA was isolated from a tracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage. We used the ...


Analysis Of The Local And Systemic Cytokine Response Profiles In Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Relationship With Disease Severity And Outcomes., Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Timothy Lee Wiemken, Robert R. Kelley, Paula Peyrani, Jose Bordon, Rodrigo Cavallazzi, Julio A. Ramirez 2017 University of Louisville

Analysis Of The Local And Systemic Cytokine Response Profiles In Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Relationship With Disease Severity And Outcomes., Rafael Fernandez-Botran, Timothy Lee Wiemken, Robert R. Kelley, Paula Peyrani, Jose Bordon, Rodrigo Cavallazzi, Julio A. Ramirez

The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections

The goals of this study were to investigate the relationship of systemic and local cytokine responses with time to clinical stability (TCS) in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and to develop a model to integrate multiple cytokine data into “cytokine response profiles” based on local vs. systemic and pro- vs. anti-inflammatory cytokine patterns in order to better understand their relationships with measures of CAP severity and outcomes. Forty hospitalized patients enrolled through the Community Acquired Pneumonia Inflammatory Study Group (CAPISG) were analyzed. Based on the ranked distribution of the levels of eight different pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines (IL-1b, IL-6, IL-8 ...


Characterization Of Severe Malaria In Liberian Children 5 Years Old And Younger, Patricia A. McQuilkin 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Characterization Of Severe Malaria In Liberian Children 5 Years Old And Younger, Patricia A. Mcquilkin

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Malaria continues to be a challenging problem in the developing world, and the burden of this life threatening disease continues to be borne by young children living in Sub Saharan Africa. One of the biggest challenges to the prevention and control of this problem lies in accurately diagnosing malaria, and distinguishing it from the many other febrile illnesses which present in children in this age group.

Liberia is a West African country with a high burden of malaria. Very little is known about the presentation of severe malaria in children aged 5 years old and younger in Liberia. We undertook ...


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