Issue 14, April 09, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 14, 4/9/12

Welcome to Science Clips, CDC’s weekly digest!

The report consists of four components:

The Science Clips “top ten” returns from Spring Break this week with an article focused on an important global crisis the world began to face approximately one year ago. CW Millerexternal icon, writing in Health Physics, summarizes the lessons learned from the Fukushima radiological emergency, as well as prospects for future public health responses. From S Iqbal and colleaguesexternal icon comes a reminder that environmental health issues need not be dramatic to be important; their assessment of carbon monoxide (CO) alarm awareness and use may have important policy implications. Public policy and environmental health issues are both addressed by CW Warren and collaboratorsexternal icon, who describe the decrease in cigarette sales in Turkey following passage of smoke-free laws and cigarette tax increases.

Global health is central to two other featured articles this week. An evaluation of sentinel surveillance sites in Morocco by M Braikat et alexternal icon found evidence of significant reduction in Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis following introduction of Hib conjugate vaccine. In a study conducted in an urban malaria-endemic region of India by R Chunara and colleaguesexternal icon, using very small financial incentives was a cost-effective way to improve malaria reporting through “participatory surveillance”.

Another important set of articles looks at transmission of pathogens, in both experimental and observational settings. JD Noti and othersexternal icon report the initial laboratory study of the efficacy of masks and respirators in preventing aerosol spread of influenza. Another respiratory pathogen of importance, tuberculosis (TB), was the focus of an investigation first authored by K Powellexternal icon and published in Public Health Reports; after a bus driver was diagnosed with pulmonary TB, evaluation of >150 bus riders failed to find evidence of disease transmission. A different mode of transportation was involved in the multi-pathogen waterborne outbreak associated with a dinner cruise and reported by F Seradervic and colleaguesexternal icon; their comprehensive investigation implicated multiple environmental risk factors.

Actions and attitudes may increase or decrease risks of specific types of infections. Writing in Preventive Medicine, MJ Cannon et alexternal icon document the common occurrence of behaviors that may increase risks of mother-to-child cytomegalovirus transmission. Receipt of influenza vaccine, a key preventive intervention among health-care workers, may be partly determined by anticipated “emotional benefits” of vaccination, according to work led by MG Thompsonexternal icon and published in Vaccine.

John Iskander

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