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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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
During the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 outbreak in Israel, incidence rates among children were 2× higher than that of the previous 4 influenza seasons; hospitalization rates were 5× higher. Children hospitalized for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were older and had more underlying chronic diseases than those hospitalized for seasonal influenza.
The introduction of live attenuated measles vaccine in Israel during 1967 dramatically decreased the incidence of measles. However, cases still occur in periodic outbreaks and epidemics, with an increasing proportion of infants and children younger than 2 years of age. We examined the decay of maternally derived measles antibody during the first year of(More)
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)
West Nile (WN) virus is endemic in Israel. The last reported outbreak had occurred in 1981. From August to October 2000, a large-scale epidemic of WN fever occurred in Israel; 417 cases were confirmed, with 326 hospitalizations. The main clinical presentations were encephalitis (57.9%), febrile disease (24.4%), and meningitis (15.9%). Within the study(More)