Issue 18, May 07, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 18, 5/7/12

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Reducing HIV transmission in both domestic and international settings remains a public health priority. DR Holtgraveexternal icon from Johns Hopkins University, writing with CDC colleagues, estimates that the U.S. HIV transmission rate may be at a “historically low level”. DJ Jamiesonexternal icon, writing for the BAN study team, finds in a nearly year-long follow up study in Malawi that giving antiretroviral prophylaxis to mothers or infants might decrease HIV transmission in settings where there are no options besides breastfeeding.

Other articles this week focusing on maternal and child health include the analysis by SW Patrick et alexternal icon published in JAMA. The authors document increases in neonatal abstinence syndrome and maternal opiate use during the period from 2000-2009. DR Feikinexternal icon, working with CDC Kenya investigators as well as industry and non-governmental partners, shows efficacy of pentavalent rotavirus vaccine against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis, a finding that may have important implications for settings where access to healthcare is limited.

Understanding the global burden of non-communicable disease has become increasingly important for CDC and other public health organizations. A study group led by JW Yauexternal icon finds that approximately 93 million people worldwide have diabetic retinopathy, a potentially vision-threatening condition. W Chenexternal icon, as part of an international collaboration which includes NIOSH, finds increased mortality across a broad spectrum of conditions among a cohort of Chinese workers exposed to silica dust.

Past and current vaccine-preventable diseases intermingle in several of this week’s selections. MB Pearce et alexternal icon demonstrate that a seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine protects against the 1918 Spanish influenza virus in a ferret model. They write that “…findings suggest that…immunization, may provide protection against the reconstructed 1918 virus which as a select agent is considered to pose both biosafety and biosecurity threats.” An investigation of the first laboratory-acquired cowpox investigation in the US, led by EIS officer AM McCollumexternal icon, emphasizes the importance of occupational exposure history and laboratory support. In another study of importance to occupational health and safety, a serologic study of healthcare workers led by LC Pawloskiexternal icon found no evidence that immunization with tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) interferes with serodiagnosis of pertussis.

Finally, we feature an analysis which builds on previously published CDC recommendations. WS Pearsonexternal icon and several CDC colleagues evaluate the joint CDC/American College of Surgeons Field Triage Guidelines for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI), concluding that pre-hospital triage of patients with TBI can reduce morbidity and mortality.

John Iskander

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