Ante Cvitkovic

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Currently used diagnostic criteria in different endemic (Balkan) nephropathy (EN) centers involve different combinations of parameters, various cut-off values and many of them are not in agreement with proposed international guidelines. Leaders of EN centers began to address these problems at scientific meetings, and this paper is the outgrowth of those(More)
Cryptosporidium is an important cause of community gastroenteritis, usually associated with drinking contaminated water, visits to swimming pools or animal exposure. In immunocompetent patients, cryptosporidiosis is usually a self-limiting disease but it can be devastating illness in immunocompromised persons. This report presents a family outbreak of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS An epidemiological survey of endemic nephropathy (EN) was performed in endemic Croatian areas and the current prevalence was compared to that reported for the same villages several decades ago. METHODS A total of 2,487 adult farmers from 6 endemic villages and 3 non-endemic villages were enrolled. An extensive epidemiological(More)
We describe excretion of measles vaccine strain Schwarz in a child who developed a febrile rash illness eight days after primary immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella. Throat swabs and urine specimens were collected on the fifth and sixth day of illness, respectively. Genotyping demonstrated measles vaccine strain Schwarz (genotype A). If measles(More)
Blood transmitted diseases (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV) are major public health problems. Drug users, especially injecting drug users (IDU), are by nature of their illness, a risk population for these diseases. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of blood transmitted diseases among IDU in the Brod-Posavina County due to shared use of(More)
Between September 6 and 21, 2012, seven human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) neuroinvasive infection were laboratory confirmed in Croatia. The median patient age was 62 years (range 48-77). Five patients presented with meningoencephalitis and two patients with meningoencephalitis followed by acute flaccid paralysis. Four of them had an underlying disease(More)
Scopulariopsis (S.) brevicaulis (Saccardo) Bainier 1907 is a ubiquitous fungus frequently isolated as a saprophyte from various layers of the soil, wood, straw, paper, food, and occasionally in animals and humans. This nondermatophyte filamentous fungus is multiresistant and is frequently associated with onychomycosis in humans. In the last two decades, the(More)
Leptospirosis is a worlwide spread zoonosis. During the 1995-2005 period, 54 patients with leptospirosis were recorded at the Institute of Public Health, Brod-Posavina County, yielding an incidence rate of 1.6-8.8 per 100,000 per year. One (1.85 %) patient died. There were 41 (76%) males. The age of leptospirosis patients ranged from 15 to 77 (mean 44)(More)
The aim of this paper was to assess relationship between possible endemic nephropathy (EN) markers visually by the CoPlot methodology, and to illustrate this promising data analysis approach. From 912 screened persons in 3 Croatian endemic villages, 25 persons were diagnosed as confirmed EN patients, 371 as non-EN, and the remainder were classified as(More)