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Recientemente se han descrito en Canadà y Japón brotes de transmisión persona a persona y también de transmisión ali-mentaria causados por Sapovirus, afectando tanto a población infantil como adulta. ABSTRACT The Viral Gastroenteritis: a Public Health Problem Acute gastroenteritis (AG), which may be caused by bacteria , parasites and enteropathogenic(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)
Although particular attention is paid to influenza A and B virus isolates during influenza surveillance, influenza C virus (FLUCV) coexisted during the first influenza A (H1N1) 2009 pandemic wave during the 2009-2010 season. From 27 April 2009 to 9 May 2010, 12 strains of FLUCV were detected in specimens collected from 1713 nonhospitalized patients with(More)
Humoral immune responses were studied in 53 sera from 18 patients with visceral leishmaniasis by immunoblot analysis. Sera from visceral leishmaniasis patients recognized antigens with molecular weights ranging from < 14 kDa to more than 100 kDa. Bands ranging between 49 and < 14 kDa were the most specific. The 40, 33 and 17 kDa antigens were recognized by(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)
Norovirus infection is associated with approximately 90% of epidemic non-bacterial acute gastroenteritis. The objective of this study is to describe an outbreak of norovirus genogroup I gastroenteritis which affected workers in a hospital and was attributed to food prepared by an infected food handler. Forty cases were detected, of whom 80% were(More)
Vaccination coverage in a representative sample of children under 3 years of age in Catalonia (Spain) was studied. Parents of children selected were contacted and asked for the child's vaccination card. A total of 630 children were included, of whom 570 were indigenous and 60 immigrants. Primary vaccination coverage was 96.5% for indigenous and 85% for(More)
Murine typhus (MT) is a cause of fever of intermediate duration in the south of Spain. Rickettsia typhi has been described as the MT etiological agent. Rickettsia felis produces an infection similar to MT. The aim of the study is to determine their seroprevalence in humans in Catalonia. Antibodies to Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia felis from 217 serum(More)
Monospecific rabbit antisera obtained through experimental immunization with previously purified proteins were used in the ultrastructural localization of two hydatid fluid antigens, in brood capsules and protoscoleces of Echinococcus granulosus of human origin. The antigen-antibody reaction was revealed by a colloidal gold based method. Reaction was(More)
Mediterranean spotted fever is an endemic disease in Catalonia, Spain. A new spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsial strain (Bar29) of unknown pathogenicity for humans was isolated by our group, in 1996, from the dog brown tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Interestingly, Rickettsia conorii was not isolated in this study. The aim of the present study was to(More)