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Infectious disease epidemiology

Section edited by Giovanni Rezza

This section aims to publish studies on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the use of public health interventions for their control.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Brucellosis is a contagious zoonotic disease transferred from sick animals to humans and endemic in the Middle East and other countries. Humans mainly acquire the disease by consuming non-pasteurized dairy pro...

    Authors: Orna Baron-Epel, Shiran Bord, Michal Cohen-Dar and Samira Obeid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:516

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    Social distancing is one of the community mitigation measures that may be recommended during influenza pandemics. Social distancing can reduce virus transmission by increasing physical distance or reducing fre...

    Authors: Faruque Ahmed, Nicole Zviedrite and Amra Uzicanin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:518

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    Data on outbreaks of infectious gastroenteritis in care homes have been collected using an internet-based surveillance system in North West England since 2012. We analysed the burden and characteristics of car...

    Authors: Thomas Inns, Alex Keenan, Rita Huyton, John Harris, Miren Iturriza-Gomara, Sarah J. O’Brien and Roberto Vivancos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:488

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Local malaria transmission has decreased rapidly since the National Malaria Elimination Action Plan was launched in China in 2010. However, imported malaria cases from Africa and Southeast Asia still occur in ...

    Authors: Guisheng Ding, Guoding Zhu, Caiqun Cao, Ping Miao, Yuanyuan Cao, Weiming Wang, Yaping Gu, Sui Xu, Shengqiang Wang, Huayun Zhou and Jun Cao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:489

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    Despite the progress in reducing malaria infections and related deaths, the disease remains a major global public health problem. The problem is among the top five leading causes of outpatient visits in Dembia...

    Authors: Fisseha Agegnehu, Alemayehu Shimeka, Firnus Berihun and Melkamu Tamir

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:480

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Female sex workers (FSW) are a population that are at high risk for HIV infection, and their HIV/AIDS knowledge levels and sexual behaviors are of concern. This study describes changes in HIV prevalence and fa...

    Authors: Jingzhen Lai, Chunwei Qin, Eric J. Nehl, Junjun Jiang, Yunxuan Huang, Bingyu Liang, Yuexiang Xu, Jiegang Huang, Zhiliang Xu, Chuanyi Ning, Yanyan Liao, Ning Zang, Wudi Wei, Fengxiang Qin, Jun Yu, Li Ye…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:450

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    We examined the risk for Group B streptococcus (GBS)-related diseases in newborns born to mothers who participated in a universal GBS screening program and to determine whether differences are observed in fact...

    Authors: Li-Chen Hung, Pei-Tseng Kung, Tsan-Hung Chiu, Hsun-Pi Su, Ming Ho, Hui-Fen Kao, Li-Ting Chiu, Kuang-Hua Huang and Wen-Chen Tsai

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:438

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is resistant to the two main first-line anti-tuberculosis drugs: rifampicin and isoniazid. It is a major threat to public health worldwide. The objective of this study...

    Authors: Fanta Desissa, Tilaye Workineh and Takele Beyene

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:422

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Vector and malaria parasite’s rising resistance against pyrethroid-impregnated bed nets and antimalarial drugs highlight the need for additional control measures. Larviciding against malaria vectors is experie...

    Authors: Peter Dambach, Margarida Mendes Jorge, Issouf Traoré, Revati Phalkey, Hélène Sawadogo, Pascal Zabré, Moubassira Kagoné, Ali Sié, Rainer Sauerborn, Norbert Becker and Claudia Beiersmann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:399

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Research pertaining to the community-based prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is important to understand the magnitude of this infection. This study was conducted to estimate LTBI prevalence an...

    Authors: Takele Teklu, Mengistu Legesse, Girmay Medhin, Aboma Zewude, Mahlet Chanyalew, Martha Zewdie, Biniam Wondale, Milkessa Haile-Mariam, Rembert Pieper and Gobena Ameni

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:266

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Infant antiretroviral prophylaxis plays an important role towards ensuring the reduction of HIV transmission from mother to child in the postpartum period. However in sub Saharan Africa (SSA), the low level of...

    Authors: Noah F. Takah, Jeannine A. Atem, Leopold N. Aminde, Moffat Malisheni and Grant Murewenhema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:249

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Little is understood of Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission dynamics and community compliance with control measures over time. Understanding these interactions is essential if interventions are to be effect...

    Authors: Grazia Caleo, Jennifer Duncombe, Freya Jephcott, Kamalini Lokuge, Clair Mills, Evita Looijen, Fivi Theoharaki, Ronald Kremer, Karline Kleijer, James Squire, Manjo Lamin, Beverley Stringer, Helen A. Weiss, Daniel Culli, Gian Luca Di Tanna and Jane Greig

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:248

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Attitude and subjective well-being are important factors in mothers accepting or rejecting Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) supplemental immunization. The purpose of the study was to determine the role of mothers’ att...

    Authors: Gregory C. Umeh, Terna Ignatius Nomhwange, Anthony F. Shamang, Furera Zakari, Audu I. Musa, Paul M. Dogo, Victor Gugong and Neyu Iliyasu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:231

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Shigella causes approximately 500,000 illnesses, 6000 hospitalizations, and 40 deaths in the United States annually, but incidence and populations at risk for severe shigellosis among adults are unclear. This stu...

    Authors: Lindsey S. McCrickard, Stacy M. Crim, Sunkyung Kim and Anna Bowen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:221

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Plague remains a public health problem in specific areas located in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Its prevention and control encompasses adequate clinical management and timely laboratory diagnosis. Howev...

    Authors: Ana Rivière-Cinnamond, Alain Santandreu, Anita Luján, Frederic Mertens, John Omar Espinoza, Yesenia Carpio, Johnny Bravo and Jean-Marc Gabastou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:220

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    The New South Wales (NSW) HIV Strategy 2016–2020 aims for the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW, Australia, by 2020. Despite high and increasing levels of HIV testing and treatment since 2012, the...

    Authors: Iryna B. Zablotska, Christine Selvey, Rebecca Guy, Karen Price, Jo Holden, Heather-Marie Schmidt, Anna McNulty, David Smith, Fengyi Jin, Janaki Amin, David A. Cooper and Andrew E. Grulich

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:210

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2018 18:297

  17. Content type: Study protocol

    “Determined, Resilient, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe” (DREAMS) is a package of biomedical, social and economic interventions offered to adolescent girls and young women aged 10–24 years with the aim of reducin...

    Authors: Bernadette Hensen, James R. Hargreaves, Tarisai Chiyaka, Sungai Chabata, Phillis Mushati, Sian Floyd, Isolde Birdthistle, Joanna Busza and Frances Cowan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:203

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