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Colombia: An Israeli family of four: 37 years old male, 31 years old female and two daughters aged 8 and 2 years, all previously healthy, had traveled to Colombia for seventeen days during December 2015. Their trip included, in addition to Bogota and Subachoque (elevation 2600 m), 5 days in Girardot: a low-lying city in central Colombia (elevation 326 m).(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of vaccination against influenza virus in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, with special emphasis on the effect of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) blockers. METHODS 82 rheumatoid patients and 30 healthy controls were vaccinated with a(More)
Carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriaceae is an emerging problem worldwide. Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (bla(KPC)) enzymes are among the most common beta-lactamases described. In this study, we report the development and validation of a real-time PCR (q-PCR) assay for the detection of bla(KPC) genes using TaqMan chemistry. The q-PCR(More)
The possible causal association of human papilloma virus (HPV) with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder in Israeli Jewish patients was assessed. One hundred and ten histopathological TCC sections were examined by peroxidase anti-peroxidase (PAP) method. HPV capsid antigen was demonstrated in 19 out of 110 cases (17.3%). HPV-DNA(More)
From August 1 to October 31, 2000, 417 cases of West Nile (WN) fever were serologically confirmed throughout Israel; 326 (78%) were hospitalized patients. Cases were distributed throughout the country; the highest incidence was in central Israel, the most populated part. Men and women were equally affected, and their mean age was 54+/-23.8 years (range 6(More)
The antiviral photosensitization capacity of 11 different phthalocyanine (Pc) derivatives was examined using herpes simplex virus-1, herpes simplex virus-2 and varicella zoster virus in the search for the most potent sensitizers for viral decontamination of blood. The kinetics of viral photoinactivation were resolved during the stages of viral adsorption(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the outcome of 50 pregnancies with documented vertical transmission of cytomegalovirus infection. METHODS We recruited 50 pregnant women (51 fetuses) with primary cytomegalovirus infection and confirmed in utero transmission. Prenatal evaluation included diagnostic amniocentesis and repeated ultrasound examinations. Fetal diagnosis was(More)
The global eradication of poliomyelitis, believed to be achievable around the year 2000, relies on strategies which include high routine immunization coverage and mass vaccination campaigns, along with continuous monitoring of wild-type virus circulation by using the laboratory-based acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance. Israel and the Palestinian(More)
An emergency response was triggered by recovery of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) of the South Asia (SOAS) lineage from sewage in southern Israel in April 2013 during routine environmental surveillance. Public health risk assessment necessitated intensification of environmental surveillance in order to facilitate countrywide monitoring of WPV1-SOAS(More)
We describe a simple, cost-efficient, double-selective method for isolation of wild-type poliovirus from sewage samples containing vaccine polioviruses and other enteroviruses, with a detection limit of 18 to 50 PFU per 1 to 2 liters of sewage. By this method we were able to process 1,700 sewage samples collected between 1991 and 1996, from which 10,472(More)