Moshe Ephros

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The standard treatment of human visceral leishmaniasis involves the use of pentavalent antimony (Sb(V)). Its mechanism of action is unknown because of the limited information available about intracellular antimony metabolism and about the genes that regulate these processes. Herein, flow injection-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), flow(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist on the epidemiology and burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis in Israel. Objectives. Our objective was to examine the incidence, characteristics, and economic burden of rotavirus gastroenteritis associated with hospitalization of children <5 years of age in Israel. METHODS A prospective study was initiated in pediatric wards at(More)
BACKGROUND Kingella kingae is a gram-negative coccobacillus, increasingly recognized as an invasive pediatric pathogen. To date, only few small series of invasive K. kingae infections have been published, mostly from single medical centers. A nationwide multicenter study was performed to investigate the epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory features of(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the articular manifestations of cat-scratch disease (CSD) and to evaluate the long-term clinical outcome of those manifestations. METHODS A community- and hospital-based surveillance study of CSD was conducted in Israel between 1991 and 2002. CSD was defined as present in a patient when a compatible clinical syndrome and a(More)
BACKGROUND Musculoskeletal manifestations (MMs) are considered to be rare in cat scratch disease (CSD) and are not well characterized. We aimed to study MMs of CSD. METHODS A surveillance study performed over 11 years identified patients with CSD on the basis of compatible clinical presentation and confirmatory serological test or PCR results for(More)
A highly specific enzyme immunoassay (EIA) was recently described for use in the diagnosis of cat scratch disease (CSD). However, data regarding EIA antibody kinetics or its correlation with long-term clinical follow-up data are lacking. The association between antibody kinetics, clinical spectrum, and disease duration were studied in 98 patients with CSD.(More)
Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection, particularly due to Mycobacterium abscessus, is an emerging disease that can be relentlessly progressive, particularly in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The risk factors that were associated with this increasingly symptomatic infection in a group of CF patients were investigated. A total of 139 CF patients aged(More)
BACKGROUND Adenoviral infection in children undergoing stem cell transplantation is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Identification of adenoviral infection by polymerase chain reaction from blood facilitates accurate and rapid diagnosis and surveillance. The incidence of adenoviral infection among children undergoing SCT in Israel is not(More)
Streptococcus milleri is unique among the viridans streptococci because it produces abscesses. Five serious S. milleri infections were seen in our hospital in 1 year. The English literature dealing with S. milleri was reviewed. An infection caused by S. milleri is often associated with a gastro-intestinal source. Thus, the speciation of viridans(More)