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OBJECTIVE Performance of IFN-γ assays in children is compromised. Therefore, we investigated the utility of IP-10 for the detection of active tuberculosis (TB) and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) diagnosis in children; comparing its positivity with QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFN-G-IT) and T-SPOT.TB. METHODS We studied 230 children from three(More)
BACKGROUND Nosocomial transmission events still play an important role in hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreading. Among most reported medical procedures involved in nosocomial transmission, endoscopy procedures remain controversial and might be underestimated. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to investigate a case of nosocomial person-to-person transmission(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and risk factors for tuberculosis skin test (TST) conversion among Healthcare workers (HCWs) during a 20-year follow-up period. DESIGN Prospective cohort analysis. Surveillance was conducted from January 1, 1988, to December 31, 2007. SETTING 600-bed tertiary referral hospital(More)
The aim of our work here was to evaluate the immunogenicity of 60 mycobacterial antigens, some of which have not been previously assessed, notably a novel series of in vivo-expressed Mycobacterium tuberculosis (IVE-TB) antigens. We enrolled 505 subjects and separated them in individuals with and without latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) vs. patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Podocyte injury is associated with many forms of human and experimental proteinuric glomerular disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the level of nephrin expression in a model of obesity and type II diabetes mellitus, the obese Zucker rat, as well as to investigate whether nephrin expression is influenced by treatment with quinapril(More)
One essential aspect for controlling the spread of tuberculosis (TB) is to diagnose it in an early stage. However, the commonly used test systems are still insufficient. Moreover, current assays perform poorly in discriminating between active TB and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Due to limited knowledge of promising TB biomarkers, global “omics”(More)
BACKGROUND Health care workers (HCWs) are a group at risk of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). The aims of this study were to determine IFN-gamma response by QuantiFERON-TB GOLD In Tube (QFN-G-IT) and T-SPOT.TB in HCWs, comparing the results with tuberculin skin test (TST); and to analyze the capacity of IFN-gamma tests to detect recent versus remote(More)
We evaluated the impact of the copper-silver ionization system in a hospital where hyperendemic nosocomial legionellosis and was present and all previous disinfection measures had failed. After implementation of the copper-silver ionization system, environmental colonization with Legionella species decreased significantly, and the incidence of nosocomial(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Latex exposure at work has been related to sensitization in health care workers. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of this sensitization in health care workers and its risk factors. PATIENTS AND METHOD The occupation, prevalence of latex-related symptoms and sensitization was determined in a sample of(More)
BACKGROUND Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is one of the leading nosocomial infections and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Numerous studies on HAP have been performed in intensive care units (ICUs), whereas very few have focused on patients in general wards. This study examined the incidence of, risk factors for, and outcomes of HAP(More)