Deepthi Perera

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Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a frequent cause of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) epidemics associated with severe neurological sequelae in a small proportion of cases. There has been a significant increase in EV71 epidemic activity throughout the Asia-Pacific region since 1997. Recent HFMD epidemics in this region have been associated with a severe form of(More)
BACKGROUND We report the main findings of the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health (WHOMCS), which aimed to assess the burden of complications related to pregnancy, the coverage of key maternal health interventions, and use of the maternal severity index (MSI) in a global network of health facilities. METHODS In our cross-sectional(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine whether abnormal epithelial DNA content (aneuploidy) in colonic biopsy specimens from ulcerative colitis (UC) patients correlated with and predicted histological progression to dysplasia. Aneuploidy was absent in 20 low-cancer risk patients. In 81 high-cancer risk patients aneuploidy correlated(More)
BACKGROUND In mid-1997, several children died in Sarawak, Malaysia, during an epidemic of enterovirus-71 (EV71) hand, foot, and mouth disease. The children who died had a febrile illness that rapidly progressed to cardiopulmonary failure and the cause was not satisfactorily resolved. We describe the isolation and identification of a subgenus B adenovirus(More)
The frequency of serious neurologic events following the administration of 106,000 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound was determined using a population-based case-control study with disease ascertainment through pharmacy and hospitalization records. There were no cases of acute unexplained(More)
We performed a case-control study of the effect of tobacco smoking on the risk of acquiring ulcerative colitis among the 304,000 members of a health maintenance organization. Smoking histories before the date of the onset of ulcerative colitis were compared in 212 cases and an equal number of controls matched for age and sex who were selected from the(More)
We assessed the effect of smoking on the clinical course of ulcerative colitis in 209 subjects by comparing disease severity in smokers and non-smokers as measured by yearly number of hospitalizations for ulcerative colitis treatment and the need for a colectomy. Hospitalization for ulcerative colitis treatment occurred less frequently in persons who smoked(More)
We compared the recency of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) immunization in healthy children with birthweights greater than 2500 gms who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to that of age-matched reference children, using a modified case-control analysis. Focusing on very narrow time intervals following immunization, we found the SIDS mortality(More)
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is responsible for frequent large-scale outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease worldwide and represent a major etiological agent of severe, sometimes fatal neurological disease. EV71 variants have been classified into three genogroups (GgA, GgB, and GgC), and the latter two are further subdivided into subgenogroups B1 to B5 and C1(More)