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Review of GIDEON Guide to Antimicrobial Agents

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Aug-2014-MT-Cover-headerThe Society for General Microbiology (SGM) published a good review of the ebook, GIDEON Guide to Antimicrobial Agents, in Microbiology Today August 2014 issue.

Laura Bowater, the Editor, wrote:

I was able to find my way around the information quickly and easily … it is a comprehensive reference book that provides up-to-date accessible information. This format may particularly benefit those accessing it via a mobile phone. I can understand why it would work well in a clinical setting too.

It should be noted that the ebook is available separately from, and does not require a subscription to GIDEON.

Chikungunya – Coming to America ?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Chikungunya and Zika: Global Status

Chikunguna is hardly a “household” word in the United States; but we may all be talking about the disease very soon! This viral infection, transmitted by mosquitoes, is associated with high fever, rash and severe joint pains. Even after recovery, the pains may persist for many months. Originally described in Africa, the disease spread to Asia, causing an epidemic of over 1.5 million cases in India during 2006 to 2007. At one point, an Indian traveler carried the infection to Italy, resulting in hundreds of cases in the region of Ravenna.

During the first half of 2014, new outbreaks were reported in the South Pacific; and in a period of only five months, over 660,000 cases have occurred in the Caribbean, involving essentially all regional islands and several mainland countriues. Once a “rare tropical disease”, Chikungunya is now endemic to at least 75 countries. Few realize that the mosquitoes which transmit Chikungunya in Africa, India, Italy and the Caribbean are also found in Florida and Texas. 750 imported cases have already been reported on the U.S. mainland during 2014, and it may be only a matter of time until a mosquito bites one such case, and begins a chain of transmission to the local population (as occurred in Italy in 2007).

Chikungunya and Zika – Global Status, 2014 is the most up-to-date book on the subject of Chikungunya. (The volume also covers Zika, another emerging mosquito virus disease). The book presents a thorough review of global and country-specific epidemiology, as well as complete background information on the history and clinical features of Chikungunya, including 22 graphs and 1,626 linked references. The next updated version will be released in early 2015. Further specs are available at http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/chikungunya-and-zika-global-status/

Ebola – The Book

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Ebola: Global StatusA disease which was relatively unknown to most people – and even most health care professionals – has suddenly become a household word throughout the world. As of September 2014, over 2,000 people have died in the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola. Ebola: Global Status, 2014, the most up-to-date book written on the disease, examines the history, clinical features and epidemiology of Ebola virus infection. A country-by-country chronology presents all aspects of Ebola, including a relatively obscure outbreak which occurred among monkeys in the Philippines, and later spread to Texas.

For further specs on Ebola: Global Status, 2014, see http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/ebola-global-status/ The next yearly update of the book will be released in early 2015.

Correction: The original text inadvertently stated that this was the only book on the subject. This has been re-edited to state that this is “the most up-to-date book written on the disease.”

Campylobacteriosis in Iceland

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

A recent posting in ProMED belies the fact that Iceland reports the lowest rates of campylobacteriosis in that region of Europe. [1-2] See graph [3] Note that an earlier outbreak (436 cases) was reported in 1999.

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References:
1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Iceland, 2014 371 pages, 75 graphs, 1,455 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-iceland/
2. Berger SA. Campylobacteriosis: Global Status, 2014 104 pages, 96 graphs, 1,073 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/campylobacteriosis-global-status/
3. Gideon graph tool at http://www.gideononline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Gideon-Graphs.pps

Lyme Disease in New York

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The incidence of Lyme disese in New York State has changed little over the years, in contrast to increasing rates reported on a national level. [1,2] See graph

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References:
1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2014. 1145 pages, 478 graphs, 12,294 references. Gideon e-books, LymeUSvNY“>http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-the-united-states/
2. Berger SA. Lyme Disease: Global Status, 2014. 77 pages, 66 graphs, 786 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/lyme-disease-global-status/

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Outbreaks of Non-tubercuous Mycobacterial Infection in the United States

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The following chronology of nosocomial mycobacteriosis outbreaks in the United States is abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series. [1,2] Primary references available on request.

1987 – An outbreak (17 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae otitis media was caused by contaminated water used by an ENT practice in Louisiana.
1988 – An outbreak (8 cases) of foot infections due to Mycobacterium chelonae subspecies abscessus infections were associated with a jet injector used in a podiatric office.
1989 to 1990 – An outbreak (16 cases) of sputum colonization by Mycobacterium fortuitum was reported among patients on an alcoholism rehabilitation ward in Washington, D.C.
1991 (publication year) – An outbreak (6 cases) of Mycobacterium fortuitum infection in Washington was associated with contaminated electromyography needles.
1995 to 1996 – An outbreak (87 cases) of postinjection abscesses due to Mycobacterium abscessus in several states was ascribed to an adrenal cortex extract.
1998 – An outbreak (6 cases) of Mycobacterium mucogenicum bacteremia among bone marrow transplant and oncology patients in Minnesota was related to contaminated water.
1999 – An outbreak (10 cases) of intra- and periarticular Mycobacterium abscessus infection in Texas was caused by contaminated benzalkonium chloride used for injection.
2000 to 2001 – An outbreak (110 cases) of skin infections due to Mycobacterium fortuitum was caused by contaminated footbaths in California nail salons.
2001 – An outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae keratitis in California was associated with laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK).
2001 to 2002 – An outbreak of Mycobacterium simiae in a Texas hospital was related to contaminated tap water.
2002 – An outbreak (14 confirmed and 11 suspected cases) of soft tissue infections due to Mycobacterium abscessus followed injections of cosmetic substances administered by unlicensed practitioners in New York City.
2002 – An outbreak (115 cases or more) of cutaneous infection by Mycobacterium fortuitum was associated with a contaminated footbath in a nail salon in California.
2002 (publication year) – An outbreak (34 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae soft tissue infection in California was associated with liposuction.
2002 to 2003 – An outbreak (4 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae infection among patients undergoing rhytidectomies in New Jersey was caused by a contaminated methylene blue solution.
2003 – An outbreak (3 cases) of Mycobacterium goodii infection was associated with surgical implants in a Colorado hospital.
2004 – An outbreak (12 cases) among Americans of soft tissue infections caused by Mycobacterium abscessus following cosmetic surgery performed at various clinics in the Dominican Republic.
2004 – An outbreak (143 cases) of mycobacterial skin and soft tissue infection (presumed M. fortuitum) was reported among persons attending nail salons in California.
2008 – An outbreak (4 cases) of Mycobacterium mucogenicum bloodstream infections was reported among patients with sickle cell disease, in North Carolina.
2009 (publication year) – An outbreak (6 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae infection was associated with a tattoo establishment.
2009 – An outbreak (2 cases, 1 confirmed) of Mycobacterium haemophilum skin infection was associated with a tattoo parlor in Washington State.
2011 (publication year) – An outbreak (3 cases) of Mycobacterium bolletii/M. massiliense furunculosis was associated with a nail salon in North Carolina.
2011 (publication year) – An outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus infection was associated with outpatient rhytidectomies.
2011 – An outbreak (2 cases) of Mycobacterium haemophilum infection was reported among persons receiving tattoos in the Seattle, Washington region. {m 201108122444}
2011 (publication year) – An outbreak (11 cases) of Mycobacterium porcinum infection in a Texas hospital was related to contamination of drinking water.
2011 to 2012 – An outbreak (19 cases) of Mycobacterium chelonae infection involving multiple states was associated with contaminated ink used in tattoo parlors.
2011 to 2012 – An outbreak (15 cases) of infection by rapidly-growing mycobacteria was reported among pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant in a Minnesota hospital.
2013 – An outbreak (2 cases) of non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection was associated with fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing procedures performed at a clinic in North Carolina.
2013 to 2014 – An outbreak (19 cases) wound infection was reported among Americans who had traveled to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery – including 12 due to Mycobacterium abscessus and 2 Mycobacterium fortuitum
2014 – An outbreak (15 cases, 4 fatal) of Mycobacterium abscessus infection in a South Carolina hospital was associated with contact of equipment with contaminated tap water.

References:
1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2014. 1145 pages, 478 graphs, 12,294 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-the-united-states/
2. Berger SA. Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria: Global Status, 2014. 61 pages, 31 graphs, 584 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-global-status/

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Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Travel

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Reports of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) related to travel are rare. The following chronology is abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series. [1]

1985 – South Africa ex. Democratic Republic of Congo (fatal).
1986 – South Africa ex. Tanzania (nonfatal)
1997 – An English traveler died of probable CCHF contracted in Zimbabwe.
2001 – A German tourist acquired Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Bulgaria.
2004 – A case of imported Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (nonfatal) was reported in a traveler returning to France from Senegal. Infection in a second French national was diagnosed locally in Senegal.
2009 – An American soldier died in a hospital in Germany after contracting Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Afghanistan.
2011 – An outbreak (4 cases) in a Pakistan hospital was related to an index patient who had arrived from Afghanistan.
2012 – A patient died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Scotland following acquisition of the disease in Afghanistan.
2013 – A woman died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Uganda following contact with her infected husband in South Sudan.
2014 – A British traveler acquired Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Bulgaria.

Reference:
1. Berger SA. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: Global Status, 2014. 41 pages, 21 graphs, 658 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-global-status/

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Deaths from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Friday, June 27th, 2014

During 1961 to 1970, 207 deaths were ascribed to Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF); and an estimated 612 patients died of the disease during 1983 to 1998. The highest mortality, 50 cases, was reported in 1970. In recent years, the case-fatality rate for RMSF has remained fairly constant at 0.4% to 0.8%. Among the tick-borne infections, Lyme disease has now eclipsed RMSF as a cause of death in the United States – see graph [1, 2]

TickDeaths

References:
1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2014. 1145 pages, 478 graphs, 12294 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-the-united-states/
2. Gideon graph tool – http://www.gideononline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Gideon-Graphs.pps

Brucellosis Rates in Armenia

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The following graph summarizes rates of brucellosis in Armenia and neighboring countries. [1-3]

BrucellosisRates

References:
1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Armenia, 2014. 383 pages. 82 graphs, 1,424 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-armenia/
2. Berger SA. Brucellosis: Global Status, 2014. 137 pages, 136 graphs, 1,137 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/brucellosis-global-status/
3. Gideon graph tool – see http://www.gideononline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Gideon-Graphs.pps

Campylobacter and Yersinia in Scandinavia

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The incidence of yersiniosis in Scandinavia has been declining in recent years, while that of campylobacteriosis continues to increase. Regional rates for both diseases exceed those reported for the European Union (see graph). [1-3]

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1. Berger SA. Campylobacteriosis: Global Status, 2014. 104 pages, 96 graphs, 1073 references. http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/campylobacteriosis-global-status/
2. Berger SA. Yersiniosis: Global Status, 2014. 59 pages, 59 graphs, 382 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/yersiniosis-global-status/
3. Gideon graph tool – see http://www.gideononline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Gideon-Graphs.pps