Danai Venieri

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In order to estimate the reliability of the officially reported national tuberculosis (TB) incidence rates we performed a retrospective review of data collected in regional and national public health framework. TB notifications for the period 2000-2003 were obtained from two major hospitals and three relevant Public Health Departments (PHDs) in the region(More)
Multiplex PCR amplification of invA and virA genes was developed enabling simultaneous detection in mussels of Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp., respectively. Simultaneous amplification of products of 215 and 275 bp was obtained either by using mixtures of individual strains of Sh. dysenteriae and Salm. typhimurium or spiked contaminated mussels with both(More)
The microbiological quality of 1,527 samples of bottled non-carbonated ('still') mineral water, purchased from retail outlets and derived from 10 manufacturing companies in Greece, was investigated during the period 1995-2003. Applying the membrane filter technique, the aliquots of water samples (250 ml) were analyzed for the presence and enumeration of(More)
In this study the assessment of randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis was established as a molecular epidemiological tool. RAPD analysis was performed to differentiate faecal Escherichia coli isolates from human and animal sources. E. coli strains (128) were isolated from human and animal faeces (from cattle and sheep). Genomic DNA was(More)
BACKGROUND On the 20th September 2005, soldiers and staff at the Air Force base in Western Greece experienced an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis. The purpose of this study was to identify the agent and the source of the outbreak in order to develop control measures and to avoid similar outbreaks in the future. METHODS A case-control analytical approach(More)
To evaluate the microbiological water quality of bathing sites along the Achaia coastline (south western Greece), a survey was conducted to determine the concentration of faecal bacterial and phage indicators as well as the presence of human viruses. Seawater samples (234) were collected from nine bathing sites on the Achaia coastline and were analysed for(More)
In order to determine the virological quality of sewage from four biological treatment plants in Greece (two in the city of Athens and two in the city of Patras), 92 raw sewage samples were analysed for the presence of enteroviruses and adenoviruses during the period from October 2000 to February 2003. A nested-PCR method was used in order to increase the(More)
AIMS Multiple antibiotic resistance (MAR) was performed on 128 Escherichia coli isolates, recovered from faecal samples of humans and animals (cattle, goat, sheep) to determine and compare their antibiotic resistance patterns and to evaluate them statistically in order to specify the source of the faecal material. METHODS AND RESULTS Disk diffusion method(More)
Current measures for controlling the public health risks associated with bivalve molluscan shellfish consumption rely on the use of Escherichia coli to indicate the sanitary quality of shellfish harvesting areas. However, it has been demonstrated that E. coli is an inadequate indicator of the viral risk associated with shellfish. An alternative indicator,(More)
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