Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD) News Bulletin

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Fall 2011

2011 Meetings

The International Symposium on Influenza and Other Respiratory Infections 2011 was held August 2-4, 2011 in Beijing, China. Fabiana Pimenta (DBD/RDB) presented, “Laboratory diagnostics on invasive pneumococcal infections: challenges of existing methods and updates.” Chris Van Beneden (DBD/RDB) presented, “Surveillance for pneumococcal and Hib disease in the United States and Asian countries,” “Antimicrobial use: recommendations from CDC’s Get Smart Program and the global community,” and “Impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in the U.S., before and after universal vaccine introduction.”

On August 8-9, 2011, Fabiana Pimenta (DBD/RDB), Bob Pinner (NCEZID) and Chris Van Beneden (DBD/RDB) conducted a site visit of the International Emerging Infections Program (IEIP) Respiratory Surveillance sites in Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, China.

The National Pertussis Workshop: Strategies to Prevent Severe Pertussis in the Next Decade was held August 25-26, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Tom Clark (DBD/MVPDB) presented “Vaccine efficacy and vaccine schedules: U.S. overview” and “Cocooning – experience and cost-effectiveness: U.S. overview.”

The XVIII Lancefield International Symposium was held September 4-8, 2011 in Palermo, Italy. Chris Van Beneden (DBD/RDB) presented, “Changing landscape of pneumococcal disease following widespread use of conjugate vaccines in the United States” and the poster, “Does a group A streptococcal strain predict the severity of invasive disease?”

The annual Federation of Infectious Disease Societies of Southern Africa meeting was held September 8-11, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Stephanie Schrag (DBD/RDB) and Jennifer Verani (DBD/RDB) coauthored a poster, “Invasive group B streptococcal disease in South Africa,” which was presented by an external partner.

The WHO Global New Vaccines Surveillance Meeting was held September 11-14, 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. Tom Clark (DBD/MVPDB) presented “Lessons learned from Burkina Faso meningitis surveillance strengthening.” Rana Hajjeh (DBD/OD), Stephanie Schwartz (DBD/OD), Carla Talarico (DBD/RDB), and Chris Van Beneden (DBD/RDB) also actively participated in this meeting.

The 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) was held September 17-20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Nancy Messonnier (DBD/MVPDB) presented, “Control of serogroup A meningococcal disease in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Matt Moore (DBD/RDB) presented, “Early impact of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on invasive pneumococcal disease among children <2 years old, U.S, 2010.” Chris Van Beneden (DBD/RDB) presented, “An update on postpartum group A streptococcal infections.”

The 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) was held October 20-23, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. Amanda Cohn (DBD/MVPDB) presented, “Meningococcal conjugate vaccine: new recommendations and potential for use of conjugate vaccine in infants.” Lara Misegades (DBD/MVPDB) presented, “DTaP effectiveness: results from the California pertussis vaccine effectiveness assessment.” Sara Tartof (DBD/MVPDB) presented, “Rapid rise of incidence rates of pertussis in the five years following complete DTaP vaccination: is immunity waning earlier than expected?” Andrew Terranella (DBD/MVPDB) presented, “Preventing infant pertussis: a decision analysis comparing prenatal vaccination to cocooning.”

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2011 EPI-AIDS & Investigations

January 27: Cluster of Streptococcus pneumoniae among children living at a psychiatric facility – Rhode Island

February 18: Unexplained respiratory disease outbreak associated with conference in Santa Monica, California – Los Angeles, CA

April 15: Legionellosis outbreak associated with an acute care hospital – Spokane, WA

May 21: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with travel on a cruise ship – New Orleans, LA

September 3: Legionnaires’ disease among guests at Resort X, West Virginia – Chester, WV

September 26: Legionnaires’ disease among residents of a long term care facility, OH – Columbus, OH

October 14: Legionnaires’ disease among travelers to a resort, St. Thomas – Virgin Islands

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