Issue 20, May 21, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 20, 5/21/12

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In recognition of the first national Hepatitis Testing Day, this week Science Clips features two relevant articles. AH Litwinexternal icon, working with clinical and public health collaborators, documents increased hepatitis C screening rates after implementation of simple reminders in primary care settings. In an article published in Nature Communications, H Thaiexternal icon and a group from the CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis report the important finding that resistance to the drug lamivudine is encoded by the entire hepatitis B virus genome.

Several of this week’s features come from a Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) supplement about FoodNet, CDC’s population-based active surveillance system for foodborne diseases. CR Haleexternal icon, writing with FoodNet colleagues, estimates that one out of every seven foodborne infections may be attributable to contact with animals. The incidence of Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis is increasing domestically, with chickens and eggs as frequent sources, according to an analysis by SJ Chaiexternal icon and others. Challenges in foodborne illness may be at least partially balanced by successes; marked decreases in Yersinial infections from 1996-2009 are seen in an analysis led by KL Ongexternal icon.

Although peak influenza transmission season has passed in the northern hemisphere, influenza remains a perennial public health concern. Hospitalization rates for both influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are found to be similar in a study conducted by H Zhouexternal icon et al. However, age distributions of hospitalizations differ markedly between the two viruses. HIV infection knows no season and does not respect geographic boundaries. MR Jordanexternal icon, writing with an international authorship group, notes that 52 countries and 27 laboratories have made progress toward implementing the WHO HIV drug resistance prevention and assessment strategy. P Patelexternal icon and colleagues combine routine STD testing with risk-reduction counseling, with resulting decreases in STD among HIV-infected men who have sex with men.

Important environmental and occupational health concerns round out Clips features for this week. KH Pugh and GM Zarusexternal icon from ATSDR describe the U.S. burden of environmental disease. J Guan, working with NIOSH and non-NIOSH collaborators, presents data designed to improve the safety of truck cab design, which should also be of benefit to those of us sharing the road with truckers.

John Iskander

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