Neus Cardeñosa

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The objective of the study was to investigate the prevalence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in a population sample from Catalonia and to analyze the demographic and clinical variables associated with the presence of these antibodies. A total of 1,280 subjects between 15 and 74 years of age were selected randomly(More)
The prevalence of past infections due to Bar29 rickettsial strain in a population from Southern Europe, as well as the possible risk factors associated to exposure to this rickettsia, were analysed. Among the 504 subjects included, global prevalence of past infections was 3.4%. Past infections were significantly more frequent in rural areas compared to(More)
Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia conorii, the etiologic agents of, respectively, murine typhus and Mediterranean spotted fever, are recognized as frequent causes of fever of intermediate duration in southern Spain; in addition, in recent years Rickettsia felis has been detected in potential vectors in this area. Nevertheless, limited data exist regarding the(More)
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is an endemic disease in Catalonia, northeastern Spain. The causative agent is Rickettsia conorii, which is transmitted by the dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus in the Mediterranean area [1, 2]. However, it is strongly suspected that another spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsial strain could be implicated in some cases of(More)
1. Rogers MA, Wright JG, Levy BD. Influenza. In: O’Connell JJ, Swain SE, Daniels CL, Allen JS, editors. The health care of homeless persons: a manual of communicable diseases and common problems in shelters and on the streets. Boston: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, 2004. p. 67–71. 2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people(More)
Determination of antibody levels against vaccine-preventable diseases is of great value to assess immunization programmes. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of measles, rubella, and mumps antibodies in representative samples of the child and adult population of Catalonia and compare the findings to those obtained in 1996. A(More)
PURPOSE In Catalonia, a region in the northeast of Spain, a rate of five cases of meningococcal disease per 100,000 inhabitants was reported during the period of 1996-1997, which was higher than in previous years. The objective of this study was to analyze the temporal behavior of serogroup B and C meningococcal disease cases in Catalonia. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Although routine vaccination is a major tool in the primary prevention of some infectious diseases, there is some reluctance in a proportion of the population. Negative parental perceptions of vaccination are an important barrier to paediatric vaccination. The aim of this study was to investigate parental knowledge of paediatric vaccines and(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors for the most common serotypes of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). A total of 293 IPD cases were analyzed in children aged 3-59 mo in a community with intermediate vaccination coverage with the 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7). IPD cases were reviewed during 2007-2009 in two pediatric hospitals in(More)
From 25th April 2009 to 20th January 2010, 771 laboratory confirmed cases of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) were admitted to intensive care units (ICU) or hospitalized in medical wards with clinical criteria of severe disease (hospitalized pneumonias, multiorganic failure, septic shock or admitted to ICU or death while hospitalized). 82% of cases were(More)