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BACKGROUND Poststernotomy mediastinitis as a complication is rare but disastrous. We assessed incidence, predisposing factors for, and outcome from, mediastinitis after cardiac surgery. METHODS We studied 10,713 consecutive patients who underwent open-heart surgery from 1990 to 1999 in a tertiary care university hospital using data prospectively recorded(More)
BACKGROUND The characteristics, risk factors, and outcome of patients with nosocomial pneumococcal bacteremia (NPB) have not been described in large, population-based studies. METHODS All episodes of invasive pneumococcal infections reported by Finnish clinical microbiology laboratories (positive blood or cerebrospinal fluid culture) from January 1, 1995,(More)
BACKGROUND The 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) is recommended for persons aged < 65 years with chronic medical conditions. We evaluated the risk and mortality from invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) among persons with and without the underlying medical conditions which are considered PPV23 indications. METHODS Population-based data(More)
BACKGROUND Information about the risk of invasive pneumococcal infection (IPI) among adults with asthma is limited and inconsistent. To evaluate this association, a population-based case-control study was conducted. METHODS Cases of IPI (Streptococcus pneumoniae isolated from blood or cerebrospinal fluid) were identified through national, population-based(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the occurrence and the clinical picture of musculoskeletal (MSK) complications including reactive arthritis (ReA) following an outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni. METHODS An outbreak of C. jejuni infection occurred in 2000 in Asikkala, Finland, during which 350 exposed subjects contacted the Municipal Health Centre (MHC). All primary care(More)
Vaccination is the only public-health measure likely to reduce the burden of pneumococcal diseases. In 2010, a group of European experts reviewed evidence on the burden of pneumococcal disease and the immunogenicity, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of vaccination with 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23). They also considered(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the source and the extent of a community wide outbreak of gastroenteritis. DESIGN A matched case-control study with postal questionnaires. Subtyping of campylobacter strains by pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). SETTING A rural municipality with a population of 8600 in southern Finland, August 2000. Two thirds of the(More)
BACKGROUND Sindbis virus (SINV) is an arthropod-borne alphavirus that causes rash and arthritis. In Finland, epidemics occur cyclically, but factors associated with clinical SINV infection are largely unknown. We conducted a population-based case-control study during the epidemic year 2002. METHODS SINV cases were serologically confirmed and reported to(More)
Few population-based data are available on factors associated with pneumonic and ulceroglandular type B tularaemia. We conducted a case-control study during a large epidemic in 2000. Laboratory-confirmed case patients were identified through active surveillance and matched control subjects (age, sex, residency) from the national population information(More)
We evaluated regional variation and trends in invasive pneumococcal infections (IPI) in Finland by using data from national, population-based laboratory surveillance and number of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cultures performed by all microbiology laboratories during 1995-2002. The overall annualized IPI incidence was 10.6/100,000 (range by region,(More)