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Travel vaccines are strongly associated to reduced mortality in prostate cancer patients - a real effect or residual confounding?

Vaccine. 2022 May 21:S0264-410X(22)00611-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.05.028. Online ahead of print.


Repurposing of existing drugs and vaccines for diseases that they were not originally intended for is a promising research field. Recently there has been evidence that oral cholera vaccine might be used in the treatment of inflammatory disease and some common cancers. Specifically, Ji et al showed that the administration of cholera vaccine after a prostate cancer diagnosis reduced prostate cancer specific mortality rates by almost 50%. In a cohort of men from Stockholm, Sweden, with more detailed cancer data and a higher coverage of exposure to vaccine, we replicated these findings using a marginal structural Cox model. We showed that administration of cholera vaccine after prostate cancer diagnosis is associated with a significant reduction in mortality (HR 0.46, 95% CI 0.31-0.69, p-value 0.0001) even after adjusting for all known confounders. However, the same effect (or even stronger) could be seen for several other traveling vaccines and malaria prophylaxis. Therefore, we conclude that this effect is most likely due to a healthy traveler bias and is an example of residual confounding.

PMID:35610103 | DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.05.028

Inadequate Hand Washing, Lack of Clean Drinking Water and Latrines as Major Determinants of Cholera Outbreak in Somali Region, Ethiopia in 2019

Front Public Health. 2022 May 6;10:845057. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.845057. eCollection 2022.


INTRODUCTION: Cholera remains a serious public health problem characterized by a large disease burden, frequent outbreaks, persistent endemicity, and high mortality, particularly in tropical and subtropical low-income countries including Ethiopia. The recent cholera outbreak in the Somali region began on 4 September to 1 November 2019. Cholera may spread rapidly through a population so that an early detection and reporting of the cases is mandatory. This study aimed to identify determinants of cholera infection among >5 years of age population in Somali region, Ethiopia.

METHODS: A community-based unmatched case-control study was conducted among 228 (76 cases and 152 controls, 1:2 ratio) systematically selected population. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire administered by an interviewer and a record review. Descriptive statistics and multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to identify the determinants of the risk factors of cholera infection with a 95% confidence interval and statistical significance was declared a tap-value < 0.05.

RESULTS: A total of 228 participants (33.3% cases and 66.7% controls) were enrolled in this study. The majority of the cases were in the range of 20-49 years of age (69.7%). The odds of acquiring cholera infection increased significantly by drinking unsafe pipe water (AOR 4.3, 95% CI 1.65-11.2), not having a household level toilet/latrine (AOR 3.25, 95% CI 1.57-6.76), hand washing only sometimes after the toilet (AOR 3.04, 95% CI 1.58-5.86) and not using water purification methods (AOR 2.3, 95% CI 1.13-4.54).

CONCLUSION: Major risk factors for cholera infection were related to drinking water and latrine hygiene. Improvement in awareness creation about cholera prevention and control methods, including water treatment, hygiene and sanitation were crucial in combating this cholera outbreak. Primary public health actions are ensuring clean drinking water, delivery of water purification tablets, soap and hand sanitizers and provision of health care and outbreak response. Long term goals in cholera affected areas include comprehensive water and sanitation strategies. Overall, the strategic role of a multi-sectoral approach in the design and implementation of public health interventions aimed at preventing and controlling cholera are essential to avert cholera outbreaks. Preparedness should be highlighted in cholera prone areas like Somali region especially after drought periods.

PMID:35602140 | PMC:PMC9120658 | DOI:10.3389/fpubh.2022.845057

Cholera outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa during 2010-2019: A Descriptive Analysis

Int J Infect Dis. 2022 May 20:S1201-9712(22)00303-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2022.05.039. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Cholera remains a public health threat, but is inequitably distributed across sub-Saharan Africa. Lack of standardized reporting and inconsistent outbreak definitions limit our understanding of cholera outbreak epidemiology.

METHODS: From a database of cholera incidence and mortality, we extracted data from sub-Saharan Africa and reconstructed outbreaks of suspected cholera starting in January 2010 to December 2019 based on location-specific average weekly incidence rate thresholds. We then described the distribution of key outbreak metrics.

RESULTS: We identified 999 suspected cholera outbreaks in 744 regions across 25 sub-Saharan Africa countries, and outbreak periods accounted for 1.8 billion person-months (2% of the total during this period) from January 2010 through January 2020. Among 692 outbreaks reported from second-level administrative units (e.g., districts), the median attack rate was 0.8 per 1,000 people (IQR, 0.3-2.4 per 1,000), the median epidemic duration was 13 weeks (IQR, 8-19), and the median early outbreak reproductive number was 1.8 (range, 1.1-3.5). Larger attack rates were associated with longer times to outbreak peak, longer epidemic durations, and lower case fatality risks.

CONCLUSIONS: This work provides a baseline from which to monitor progress towards cholera control and essential statistics to inform outbreak management in sub-Saharan Africa.

PMID:35605949 | DOI:10.1016/j.ijid.2022.05.039

Eliminating cholera in Haiti

Lancet. 2022 May 21;399(10339):1928-1929. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00924-2.


PMID:35598613 | DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00924-2

Etiological and epidemiological characteristics of <em>Vibrio cholerae</em> in Beijing, 2015-2021

Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi. 2022 May 10;43(5):734-738. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.cn112338-20220123-00064.


Objective: To analyze the etiological and epidemiological characteristics of Vibrio cholerae in Beijing during 2015-2021 and provide evidence for the prevention and control of cholera. Methods: The V. cholerae strains isolated in Beijing during 2015-2021 were analyzed by serotyping and virulence genes detection. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was performed for the molecular typing of the strains. Based on the collected epidemiological and clinical data of cholera cases,the epidemiological characteristics of cholera were analyzed by descriptive epidemiology method. Results: A total of 76 Vibrio cholerae O1 strains were isolated in Beijing during 2015-2021, including 61 strains from human, 10 strains from environment and 5 strains from seafood. The 76 strains consisted of 68 Ogawa strains and 8 Inaba strains. Six Ogawa strains isolated from sporadic cases carried ctxAB. After NotⅠ digestion, 76 strains were divided into 33 PFGE patterns. From 2015 to 2021, a total of 38 cholera epidemics were reported in Beijing, most of them were sporadic ones, accounting for 92.11% (35/38). A total of 45 cases were reported, and the cases occurred during June-September accounted for 97.78% (44/45). Cholera cases occurred in 9 districts of Beijing, and the cases reported in Chaoyang district accounted for 42.22% (19/45) and in Changping district accounted for 31.11% (14/45). The age of the cholera cases ranged from 19 to 63 years. Except for one case with unknown clinical symptoms, 44 cases had diarrhea symptoms with 84.09% (37/44) of the cases reporting diarrhea (3-9 times/day), followed by yellow watery stool (95.45%, 42/44), abdominal pain (68.18%, 30/44), nausea and vomiting (40.91%, 18/44) and fever (36.36%, 16/44). Conclusion: Vibrio cholerae strains isolated in Beijing during 2015-2021 were mainly O1 serotype Ogawa,most of which were non-toxigenic. The PFGE of the strains varied. Cholera epidemics occurred in 9 districts of Beijing, but most were sporadic ones with incidence peak during June-September.

PMID:35589581 | DOI:10.3760/cma.j.cn112338-20220123-00064

Safety and immunogenicity of the Rotavac and Rotasiil rotavirus vaccines administered in an interchangeable dosing schedule among healthy Indian infants: a multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 4, non-inferiority trial

Lancet Infect Dis. 2022 May 16:S1473-3099(22)00161-X. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00161-X. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe dehydrating gastroenteritis among children younger than 5 years in low-income and middle-income countries. Two vaccines-Rotavac and Rotasiil-are used in routine immunisation in India. The safety and immunogenicity of these vaccines administered in a mixed regimen is not documented. We therefore aimed to compare the safety and seroresponse of recipients of a mixed regimen versus a single regimen.

METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 4, non-inferiority trial at two sites in India. We recruited healthy infants aged 6-8 weeks. Infants with systemic disorders, weight-for-height Z scores of less than minus three SDs, or a history of persistent diarrhoea were excluded. Eligible infants were randomly allocated to six groups in equal numbers to receive either the single vaccine regimen (ie, Rotavac-Rotavac-Rotavac [group 1] or Rotasiil-Rotasiil-Rotasiil [group 2]) or the mixed vaccine regimen (ie, Rotavac-Rotasiil-Rotavac [group 3], Rotasiil-Rotavac-Rotasiil [group 4], Rotavac-Rotasiil-Rotasiil [group 5], or Rotasiil-Rotavac-Rotavac [group 6]). Randomisation was done using an online software by site in blocks of at least 12. The primary outcome was seroresponse to rotavirus vaccine, measured using rotavirus-specific serum IgA antibodies 4 weeks after the third dose. The seroresponse rates were compared between recipients of the four mixed vaccine regimens (consisting of various combinations of Rotavac and Rotasiil) with recipients of the single vaccine regimens (consisting of Rotavac or Rotasiil only for all three doses). The non-inferiority margin was set at 10%. Safety follow-ups were done for the duration of study participation. This trial was registered with the Clinical Trials Registry India, number CTRI/2018/08/015317.

FINDINGS: Between March 25, 2019, and Jan 15, 2020, a total of 1979 eligible infants were randomly assigned to receive a single vaccine regimen (n=659; 329 in group 1 and 330 in group 2) or a mixed vaccine regimen (n=1320; 329 each in groups 3 and 4, and 331 each in groups 5 and 6). All eligible participants received the first dose, 1925 (97·3%) of 1979 received the second dose, and 1894 (95·7%) received all three doses of vaccine. 1852 (93·6%) of 1979 participants completed the follow-up. The immunogenicity analysis consisted of 1839 infants (1238 [67·3%] in the mixed vaccine regimen and 601 [32·7%] in the single vaccine regimen; 13 samples were insufficient in quantity) who completed vaccination and provided post-vaccination sera. The seroresponse rate in the mixed vaccine regimen group (33·5% [95% CI 30·9-36·2]) was non-inferior compared with the single vaccine regimen group (29·6% [26·1-33·4]); the seroresponse rate difference was 3·9% (95% CI -0·7 to 8·3). The proportion of participants with any type of solicited adverse events was 90·9% (95% CI 88·4-93·0) in the single vaccine regimen group and 91·1% (89·5-92·6) in the mixed vaccine regimen group. No vaccine-related serious adverse events or intussusception were reported during the study.

INTERPRETATION: Rotavac and Rotasiil can be safely used in an interchangeable manner for routine immunisation since the seroresponse was non-inferior in the mixed vaccine regimen compared with the single vaccine regimen. These results allow for flexibility in administering the vaccines, helping to overcome vaccine shortages and supply chain issues, and targeting migrant populations easily.

FUNDING: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

TRANSLATION: For the Hindi translation of the abstract see Supplementary Materials section.

PMID:35588754 | DOI:10.1016/S1473-3099(22)00161-X

Cholera amidst COVID-19 pandemic: African healthcare system in jeopardy

Einstein (Sao Paulo). 2022 May 6;20:eCE6938. doi: 10.31744/einstein_journal/2022CE6938. eCollection 2022.


PMID:35584449 | PMC:PMC9060645 | DOI:10.31744/einstein_journal/2022CE6938

The epidemic prevention committee of the temporary capital Luoyang and its cholera control in 1932

Zhonghua Yi Shi Za Zhi. 2022 Mar 28;52(2):105-110. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.cn112155-20211009-00117.


The epidemic prevention committee of the temporary capital Luoyang was launched by the Examination Authority of the National Government in order to prevent the spread of cholera in Luoyang in August 1932. With the assistance of the ministries and commissions of both the central and local governments, the epidemic prevention committee of the temporary capital Luoyang organised a powerful anti-epidemic team and collected relatively sufficient funds and drugs for epidemic prevention, therefore, ensuring the operation of each organisation and the development of epidemic prevention mechanisms. Meanwhile, it took two strategies for epidemic prevention in terms of treatment and prevention. The infected patients were given medical treatment on the one hand; Active prevention strategies were developed on the other, such as vaccination, water disinfection and epidemic prevention propaganda. The two strategies effectively controlled the spread of cholera in Luoyang and its surrounding areas. It was found that such effective cholera control was determined by the particular and political identity of Luoyang as the temporary capital at that time, and the strong support from diverse organisations and departments as well.

PMID:35570346 | DOI:10.3760/cma.j.cn112155-20211009-00117

Epidemiology of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections among Primary School Children in the States of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Tripura, India, 2015-2016

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2022 May 16:tpmd211185. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-1185. Online ahead of print.


Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are highly prevalent in many developing countries, affecting the poorest and most deprived communities. We conducted school-based surveys among children studying in first to fifth standard in government schools in the Indian States of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Tripura to estimate the prevalence and intensity of STH infections during November 2015 and January 2016. We adopted a two-stage cluster sampling design, with a random selection of districts within each agro-climatic zone in the first stage. In the second stage, government primary schools were selected by probability proportional to size method from the selected districts. We collected information about demographic details, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) characteristics and stool samples from the school children. Stool samples were tested using Kato-Katz method. Stool samples from 3,313 school children (Chhattisgarh: 1,442, Telangana: 1,443, and Tripura: 428) were examined. The overall prevalence of any STH infection was 80.2% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 73.3-85.7) in Chhattisgarh, 60.7% (95% CI: 53.8-67.2) in Telangana, and 59.8% (95% CI: 49.0-69.7) in Tripura. Ascaris lumbricoides was the most prevalent STH infection in all three states. Most of the STH infections were of light intensity. Our study findings indicate that STH infections were highly prevalent among the school children in Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Tripura, indicating the need for strengthening STH control program in these states. The prevalence estimates from the survey would serve as a baseline for documenting the impact of the National Deworming Day programs in these states.

PMID:35576946 | DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.21-1185

Cholera in the Time of MINUSTAH: Experiences of Community Members Affected by Cholera in Haiti

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr 20;19(9):4974. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19094974.


In 2010, Haiti experienced one of the deadliest cholera outbreaks of the 21st century. United Nations (UN) peacekeepers are widely believed to have introduced cholera, and the UN has formally apologized to Haitians and accepted responsibility. The current analysis examines how Haitian community members experienced the epidemic and documents their attitudes around accountability. Using SenseMaker, Haitian research assistants collected micronarratives surrounding 10 UN bases in Haiti. Seventy-seven cholera-focused micronarratives were selected for a qualitative thematic analysis. The five following major themes were identified: (1) Cholera cases and deaths; (2) Accessing care and services; (3) Protests and riots against the UN; (4) Compensation; and (5) Anti-colonialism. Findings highlight fear, frustration, anger, and the devastating impact that cholera had on families and communities, which was sometimes compounded by an inability to access life-saving medical care. Most participants believed that the UN should compensate cholera victims through direct financial assistance but there was significant misinformation about the UN's response. In conclusion, Haiti's cholera victims and their families deserve transparent communication and appropriate remedies from the UN. To rebuild trust in the UN and foreign aid, adequate remedies must be provided in consultation with victims.

PMID:35564369 | PMC:PMC9105971 | DOI:10.3390/ijerph19094974

Non-serogroup O1/O139 agglutinable Vibrio cholerae: a phylogenetically and genealogically neglected yet emerging potential pathogen of clinical relevance

Arch Microbiol. 2022 May 14;204(6):323. doi: 10.1007/s00203-022-02866-1.


Somatic antigen agglutinable type-1/139 Vibrio cholerae (SAAT-1/139-Vc) members or O1/O139 V. cholerae have been described by various investigators as pathogenic due to their increasing virulence potential and production of choleragen. Reported cholera outbreak cases around the world have been associated with these choleragenic V. cholerae with high case fatality affecting various human and animals. These virulent Vibrio members have shown genealogical and phylogenetic relationship with the avirulent somatic antigen non-agglutinable strains of 1/139 V. cholerae (SANAS-1/139- Vc) or O1/O139 non-agglutinating V. cholerae (O1/O139-NAG-Vc). Reports on implication of O1/O139-NAGVc members in most sporadic cholera/cholera-like cases of diarrhea, production of cholera toxin and transmission via consumption and/or contact with contaminated water/seafood are currently on the rise. Some reported sporadic cases of cholera outbreaks and observed change in nature has also been tracable to these non-agglutinable Vibrio members (O1/O139-NAGVc) yet there is a sustained paucity of research interest on the non-agglutinable V. cholerae members. The emergence of fulminating extraintestinal and systemic vibriosis is another aspect of SANAS-1/139- Vc implication which has received low attention in terms of research driven interest. This review addresses the need to appraise and continually expand research based studies on the somatic antigen non-serogroup agglutinable type-1/139 V. cholerae members which are currently prevalent in studies of water bodies, fruits/vegetables, foods and terrestrial environment. Our opinion is amassed from interest in integrated surveillance studies, management/control of cholera outbreaks as well as diarrhea and other disease-related cases both in the rural, suburban and urban metropolis.

PMID:35567650 | PMC:PMC9107296 | DOI:10.1007/s00203-022-02866-1

Cholera Outbreaks in India, 2011-2020: A Systematic Review

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 8;19(9):5738. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19095738.


Fecal contamination of water sources and open defecation have been linked to cholera outbreaks in India. However, a systematic review on the drivers responsible for these outbreaks has yet to be published. Here, we systematically review the published literature on cholera outbreaks in India between 2011 and 2020. We searched studies in English in three databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Web of Science) and the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program that tracks cholera outbreaks throughout India. Two authors independently extracted data and assessed the quality of the included studies. Quantitative data on the modes of transmission reviewed in this study were assessed for any change over time between 2011-2015 and 2016-2020. Our search retrieved 10823 records initially, out of which 81 full-text studies were assessed for eligibility. Among these 81 studies, 20 were eligible for inclusion in this review. There were 565 reported outbreaks between 2011 and 2020 that led to 45,759 cases and 263 deaths. Outbreaks occurred throughout the year; however, they exploded with monsoons (June through September). In Tamil Nadu, a typical peak of cholera outbreaks was observed from December to January. Seventy-two percent (33,089/45,759) of outbreak-related cases were reported in five states, namely Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh. Analysis of these outbreaks highlighted the main drivers of cholera including contaminated drinking water and food, inadequate sanitation and hygiene (including open defecation), and direct contact between households. The comparison between 2011-2015 and 2016-2020 showed a decreasing trend in the outbreaks that arose due to damaged water pipelines. Many Indians still struggle with open defecation, sanitation, and clean water access. These issues should be addressed critically. In addition, it is essential to interrupt cholera short-cycle transmission (mediated by households, stored drinking water and foodstuffs) during an outbreak. As cholera is associated with deprivation, socio-economic development is the only long-term solution.

PMID:35565133 | PMC:PMC9099871 | DOI:10.3390/ijerph19095738

Update on the Coordinated Efforts of Looking After the Health Care Needs of Children and Young People Fleeing the Conflict Zone of Ukraine Presenting to European Emergency Departments-A Joint Statement of the European Society for Emergency Paediatrics...

Front Pediatr. 2022 Apr 26;10:897803. doi: 10.3389/fped.2022.897803. eCollection 2022.


This joint statement by the European Society for Emergency Paediatrics and European Academy of Paediatrics aims to highlight recommendations for dealing with refugee children and young people fleeing the Ukrainian war when presenting to emergency departments (EDs) across Europe. Children and young people might present, sometimes unaccompanied, with either ongoing complex health needs or illnesses, mental health issues, and injuries related to the war itself and the flight from it. Obstacles to providing urgent and emergency care include lack of clinical guidelines, language barriers, and lack of insight in previous medical history. Children with complex health needs are at high risk for complications and their continued access to specialist healthcare should be prioritized in resettlements programs. Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination coverages in the Europe, and outbreaks of cholera, measles, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, and COVID-19 should be anticipated. In Ukraine, rates of multidrug resistant tuberculosis are high, making screening for this important. Urgent and emergency care facilities should also prepare for dealing with children with war-related injuries and mental health issues. Ukrainian refugee children and young people should be included in local educational systems and social activities at the earliest opportunity.

PMID:35558376 | PMC:PMC9090499 | DOI:10.3389/fped.2022.897803

Zimbabwe tackles typhoid and cholera through vaccination

Lancet Microbe. 2021 Dec;2(12):e655. doi: 10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00311-6.


PMID:35544107 | DOI:10.1016/S2666-5247(21)00311-6

A Novel Intranasal Vaccine With PmpGs + MOMP Induces Robust Protections Both in Respiratory Tract and Genital System Posting <em>Chlamydia psittaci</em> Infection

Front Vet Sci. 2022 Apr 22;9:855447. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.855447. eCollection 2022.


Chlamydia psittaci (C. psittaci) is a crucial zoonotic pathogen that causes severe respiratory and reproductive system disease in humans and animals. In our pioneer study, polymorphic membrane protein G (PmpG) mediated attachment to host cells as the adhesions and induced immunity against C. psittaci infection. We hypothesize that multiple PmpG antigens adjuvanted with Vibrio cholerae ghost (VCG) and chitosan gel might trigger full protection via the intranasal route (i.n). In the present study, 40 SPF chickens were randomly divided into four groups, including the PmpGs + MOMP group (i.n), major outer membrane protein (MOMP) group (i.n), PmpGs (Pmp17G + Pmp20G + Pmp21G) group (i.n), and control groups (VCG + chitosan gel) (i.n). Post twice immunizations, the PmpGs + MOMP group yielded highly level-specific IgG, IgA antibodies, and lymphocyte proliferation. As for cytokines, IFN-γ expression was upregulated significantly, while IL-10 concentration was downregulated in the PmpGs + MOMP group compared with other groups. Post challenge, exudate inflammations in air sacs, bacterial loads in lungs, and bacterial shedding in throat swabs were reduced significantly in the PmpGs + MOMP group. In the second experiment, 100 breeder ducks were divided into the PmpGs + MOMP group (i.n), the commercial MOMP group (via intramuscular injection, i.m), the inactivated EBs group (i.n), and the control group (i.n), 25 ducks per group. Post challenge, the reduced egg production recovered soon in the inactivated EBs group and the PmpGs + MOMP group. Moreover, the aforementioned two groups induced higher robust IgG antibodies, lymphocyte proliferation, and IFN-γ secretions than the commercial MOMP vaccine did. Postmortem, lower bacterial loads of spleens were determined in the PmpGs + MOMP group and the inactivated EBs group. However, bacterial clearance of follicular membranes and shedding from the vaginal tract were not significant differences among the three tested groups. Furthermore, the PmpGs + MOMP group induced lower inflammations in the follicles and oviducts. Based on the above evidence, the combination of PmpGs and MOMP adjuvanted with chitosan gel and VCG via intranasal route could induce full protection both in the respiratory system and genital tract post C. psittaci infection. More importantly, the combination antigens are superior to the inactivated EBs antigen due to no contamination to the environment and less genital inflammation. The combination of PmpGs + MOMP adjuvanted with VCG and chitosan gel might be a promising novel vaccine by blocking C. psittaci infection from animals to human beings.

PMID:35529835 | PMC:PMC9072866 | DOI:10.3389/fvets.2022.855447

Salmonella enterica in soybean production chain: Occurrence, characterization, and survival during soybean storage

Int J Food Microbiol. 2022 Apr 29;372:109695. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2022.109695. Online ahead of print.


This study aimed to determine Salmonella enterica occurrence along the soybean meal production chain (raw material, in-processing samples, final products, and in the environment of five processing plants), characterize the isolates, and assess the survival of Salmonella Senftenberg 775W in soybeans stored under different temperature conditions. Among 713 samples analyzed, 12.9% (n = 92) were positive for Salmonella enterica. Dust collected inside and outside processing plants (n = 148) comprised the samples with the highest positivity for Salmonella enterica, 47.3%. The occurrence of Salmonella enterica varied among the different processing plants. Twenty-nine (n = 29) Salmonella serotypes were isolated, with S. Mbandaka as the most frequent serotype, whereas S. Typhimurium was mainly linked to final product samples (soybean meal). S. Senftenberg 775W did not survive for a long time in soybean stored at 20-37 °C, but at 20 °C, cells were viable for more than 60 days. This study suggests that soybean meal may harbor Salmonella serotypes related to foodborne disease outbreaks in humans and can be responsible for Salmonella introduction into livestock and, consequently, in foods of animal origin. This study provides crucial data on contamination pathways of Salmonella in the soybean production chain, contributing to the understanding of Salmonella epidemiology which is strategic for the development of preventive and control measures to reduce the burden of salmonellosis linked to products of animal origin.

PMID:35509145 | DOI:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2022.109695

Application and reflection of laboratory-based monitoring in early warning of infectious diseases

Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2022 Apr 6;56(4):401-404. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.cn112150-20220225-00181.


Despite the fact that our cognition towards infectious disease prevention, the advanced technology and the economic status of the whole society has made a great progress in the last decade, the outbreak of COVID-19 pneumonia has again enabled the public to acquire more about super-challenges of infectious diseases, epidemics and the relevant preventive measurements. In order to identify the epidemic signals in early stage or even before the onset of epidemic, the data research and utilization of a series of factors related to the occurrence and transmission of infectious diseases have played a significant role in research of prevention and control during the whole period of surveillance and early warning. Laboratory-based monitoring for the etiology has always been an important part of infectious disease warning system due to pathogens as the direct cause of such diseases. China has initially established a laboratory-based monitoring and early warning system for bacterial infectious diseases based on the Chinese Pathogen Identification Network with an aim to identify pathogens, outbreaks and sources. This network has played an essential role in early detection, tracking and precise prevention and control of bacterial infectious diseases, such as plague, cholera, and epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis. This issue focuses on the function of laboratory-based monitoring during the period of early warning, prevention, and control of bacterial infectious diseases, and conducted a wide range of researches based on the analysis of the epidemic and outbreak isolates, together with field epidemiological studies and normal monitoring systems. All of these could illustrate the effect of laboratory surveillance in the infectious disease risk assessment and epidemic investigation. At the same time, we have put forward our review and expectation of scenarios about laboratory-based monitoring and early warning technologies to provide innovative thoughts for promoting a leapfrog development of infectious disease monitoring and early warning system in China.

PMID:35488535 | DOI:10.3760/cma.j.cn112150-20220225-00181

Global status of antimicrobial resistance among environmental isolates of Vibrio cholerae O1/O139: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2022 Apr 25;11(1):62. doi: 10.1186/s13756-022-01100-3.


BACKGROUND: Vibrio cholerae O1/O139 were the predominant circulating serogroups exhibiting multi-drug resistance (MDR) during the cholera outbreak which led to cholera treatment failures.

OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the weighted pooled resistance (WPR) rates in V. cholerae O1/O139 isolates obtained from environmental samples.

METHODS: We systematically searched the articles in PubMed, Scopus, and Embase (until January 2020). Subgroup analyses were then employed by publication year, geographic areas, and the quality of studies. Statistical analyses were conducted using STATA software (ver. 14.0).

RESULTS: A total of 20 studies investigating 648 environmental V. cholerae O1/O139 isolates were analysed. The majority of the studies were originated from Asia (n = 9). In addition, a large number of studies (n = 15 i.e. 71.4%) included in the meta-analysis revealed the resistance to cotrimoxazole and ciprofloxacin. The WPR rates were as follows: cotrimoxazole 59%, erythromycin 28%, tetracycline 14%, doxycycline 5%, and ciprofloxacin 0%. There was increased resistance to nalidixic acid, cotrimoxazole, furazolidone, and tetracycline while a decreased resistance to amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, chloramphenicol, ampicillin, streptomycin, and ceftriaxone was observed during the years 2000-2020. A significant decrease in the doxycycline and ciprofloxacin-resistance rates in V. cholerae O1/O139 isolates was reported over the years 2011-2020 which represents a decrease in 2001-2010 (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: Fluoroquinolones, gentamicin, ceftriaxone, doxycycline, kanamycin, and cefotaxime showed the highest effectiveness and the lowest resistance rate. However, the main interest is the rise of antimicrobial resistance in V. cholerae strains especially in low-income countries or endemic areas, and therefore, continuous surveillance, careful appropriate AST, and limitation on improper antibiotic usage are crucial.

PMID:35468830 | DOI:10.1186/s13756-022-01100-3

Epidemiology of major entero-pathogenic viruses and genetic characterization of Group A rotaviruses among children (≤5 years) with acute gastroenteritis in eastern India, 2018-2020

J Appl Microbiol. 2022 Apr 23. doi: 10.1111/jam.15594. Online ahead of print.


AIMS: This study was carried out during January 2018- March 2020 in Kolkata, eastern India to determine the prevalence rates and epidemiological patterns associated with the major viral agents of gastroenteritis among children ≤5 years of age. Molecular characterization of GARV, the predominant agent of viral gastroenteritis, was done to understand their genotype diversity.

METHODS AND RESULTS: 1284 of 3157 stool samples (~40%) from children (≤5 years) with acute gastroenteritis tested positive for one or more enteric viruses with positivity rates 25.11%, 8.74%, 6.62% and 6.11% for GARV, HAdV-F, AstV and NoV respectively. Co-infection was observed in 5.31% cases. Associated clinical/meteorological variables like age, sex, symptoms, temperature and precipitation were assessed to find any correlation between these and enteric virus infection rates. >70% viral gastroenteritis cases were observed in 6-24 months' age-group. GARV and AstV infection occurred mostly during cooler months while HAdV-F infection mostly occurred during warmer periods. No definite seasonality was observed for NoV infections. Clinical severity associated with GARV infection was higher compared to other enteric viruses. Genotyping of rotavirus positive samples revealed G3P[8] was the predominantly circulating GARV genotype throughout the study period.

CONCLUSIONS: GARV remained the predominant viral agent of acute gastroenteritis among children though its prevalence rates in this region declined significantly compared to the previous years (2010-2016) . Prevalence of other enteric viruses was below 10%.

SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF STUDY: This study provides valuable insights regarding the current burden of viral gastroenteritis in Eastern India. The two-year study in children will provide the baseline data for future surveillance studies in evaluating the impact of the introduced GARV vaccine on overall prevalence of viral gastroenteritis.

PMID:35462449 | DOI:10.1111/jam.15594

The seasonality of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa: a statistical modelling study

Lancet Glob Health. 2022 Apr 21:S2214-109X(22)00007-9. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(22)00007-9. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Cholera remains a major threat in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where some of the highest case-fatality rates are reported. Knowing in what months and where cholera tends to occur across the continent could aid in improving efforts to eliminate cholera as a public health concern. However, largely due to the absence of unified large-scale datasets, no continent-wide estimates exist. In this study, we aimed to estimate cholera seasonality across SSA and explore the correlation between hydroclimatic variables and cholera seasonality.

METHODS: Using the global cholera database of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control, we developed statistical models to synthesise data across spatial and temporal scales to infer the seasonality of excess (defined as incidence higher than the 2010-16 mean incidence rate) suspected cholera occurrence in SSA. We developed a Bayesian statistical model to infer the monthly risk of excess cholera at the first and second administrative levels. Seasonality patterns were then grouped into spatial clusters. Finally, we studied the association between seasonality estimates and hydroclimatic variables (mean monthly fraction of area flooded, mean monthly air temperature, and cumulative monthly precipitation).

FINDINGS: 24 (71%) of the 34 countries studied had seasonal patterns of excess cholera risk, corresponding to approximately 86% of the SSA population. 12 (50%) of these 24 countries also had subnational differences in seasonality patterns, with strong differences in seasonality strength between regions. Seasonality patterns clustered into two macroregions (west Africa and the Sahel vs eastern and southern Africa), which were composed of subregional clusters with varying degrees of seasonality. Exploratory association analysis found most consistent and positive correlations between cholera seasonality and precipitation and, to a lesser extent, between cholera seasonality and temperature and flooding.

INTERPRETATION: Widespread cholera seasonality in SSA offers opportunities for intervention planning. Further studies are needed to study the association between cholera and climate.

FUNDING: US National Aeronautics and Space Administration Applied Sciences Program and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PMID:35461521 | DOI:10.1016/S2214-109X(22)00007-9