• Epidemiological and clinical aspects of human Brucella suis infection in Polynesia

      Guerrier, G; Daronat, J M; Morisse, L; Yvon, J F; Pappas, G; Epicentre, Paris, France; Agence de Santé, Mata Utu, Wallis, France; Institute of Continuing Medical Education of Ioannina, Greece; International Society of Chemotherapy Zoonoses Working Group, London, UK (Cambridge University Press, 2011-06-21)
      High brucellosis seroprevalence rates in domestic swine herds have been reported in Wallis and Futuna Islands and are associated with a significant burden of human infection by Brucella suis, a species that is rarely incriminated in human disease. Between 2003 and 2010, seven patients had a positive blood culture for B. suis biovar 1, 11 symptomatic patients had a positive Rose Bengal test (RBT) and a positive serum agglutination test (SAT) and three asymptomatic cases were found to be positive for RBT, SAT or ELISA IgM (after systematic screening of 52 family members of 15 index cases). Overall, Brucella infection was diagnosed in 21 people, corresponding to a mean annual incidence of 19 cases/100 000 inhabitants. Compared to series of patients infected with other more commonly encountered Brucella spp. such as B. melitensis and B. abortus, clinical presentation and percentage and distribution of complications were similar, apart from a marked observation of significantly increased median alanine aminotransferase levels, 20 times greater than upper normal rates, but not accompanied by any particular hepatic pathology. Wallis and Futuna, where people live in close proximity to animals and where the cultural significance of pig-raising precludes the implementation of adequate veterinary preventive measures, thus represents one of the few known B. suis foci worldwide and allows for evaluation of the peculiarities of this infection.
    • Maculopapular lesions in the Central African Republic

      Berthet, Nicolas; Nakouné, Emmanuel; Whist, Eline; Selekon, Benjamin; Burguière, Ana-Maria; Manuguerra, Jean-Claude; Gessain, Antoine; Kazanji, Mirdad; Institut Pasteur, Epidemiology and Physiopathology of Oncogenic Viruses Unit, CNRS URA 3015; Institut Pasteur, Laboratory for Urgent Responses to Biological Threats, Paris, France; Institut Pasteur in Bangui, Department of Virology, Bangui, Central African Republic d Médecins Sans Frontières, Paris, France (Elservier, 2011-10-08)
    • Outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever among miners in Kamwenge and Ibanda Districts, Uganda, 2007

      Adjemian, Jennifer; Farnon, Eileen C; Tschioko, Florimond; Wamala, Joseph F; Byaruhanga, Emmanuel; Bwire, Godfrey S; Kansiime, Edgar; Kagirita, Atek; Ahimbisibwe, Sam; Katunguka, F; et al. (Oxford University Press, 2011-11)
      Marburg hemorrhagic fever was detected among 4 miners in Ibanda District, Uganda, from June through September, 2007. Infection was likely acquired through exposure to bats or bat secretions in a mine in Kamwenge District, Uganda, and possibly human-to-human transmission between some patients. We describe the epidemiologic investigation and the health education response.