Caoimhe McKerr

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BACKGROUND We report a widespread foodborne outbreak of Cryptosporidium parvum in England and Scotland in May 2012. Cases were more common in female adults, and had no history of foreign travel. Over 300 excess cases were identified during the period of the outbreak. Speciation and microbiological typing revealed the outbreak strain to be C. parvum gp60(More)
Successful investigation of national outbreaks of communicable disease relies on rapid identification of the source. Case–control methodologies are commonly used to achieve this. We assessed control selection methods used in recently published case–control studies for methodological and resource issues to determine if a standard approach could be(More)
BACKGROUND In Taiwan, around 1,500 cases of dengue fever are reported annually and incidence has been increasing over time. A national web-based Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NDSS) has been in operation since 1997 to monitor incidence and trends and support case and outbreak management. We present the findings of an evaluation of the NDSS to(More)
BACKGROUND In 2011, 15 deep-seated Propionibacterium acnes infections were identified in patients following craniotomies in a hospital in the UK. AIM To describe the outbreak and report findings from the investigation undertaken in order to identify the source and risk factors and inform control measures. METHODS Data were obtained from hospital(More)
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