Robyn S. Kay

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BACKGROUND Three cases of genetically related hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection that were unattributable to infection control breaches were identified at a health care facility. OBJECTIVE To investigate HCV transmission from an HCV-infected health care worker to patients through drug diversion. DESIGN Cluster and look-back investigations. SETTING(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence in 9 hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida; to evaluate the performance of proxy indicators for HAIs; and to refine methodology in preparation for a multistate survey. DESIGN Point prevalence survey. PATIENTS Acute care inpatients of any age. METHODS HAIs were defined using National(More)
Recently, 14 persons in southeastern Florida were identified with Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 invasive infections. All isolates tested had matching or near-matching pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns and belonged to the multilocus sequence type 11 clonal complex. The epidemiologic investigation suggested recent endemic transmission of this(More)
Studies indicate that the incidence of in-flight medical emergencies is low, yet the huge volume of air travelers create the potential for a significant number of in-flight problems. Many medical conditions are aggravated by factors in the cabin environment, such as reduced air pressure, low humidity, turbulence, and immobility. In particular, reduced cabin(More)
Objectives Studies conducted in the 1980s, when there was limited chlamydia screening, showed high positivity, 23%–30%, among American Indian women. In the 1990s, chlamydia screening and treatment programs were implemented in a variety of settings serving American Indian women including Indian Health Service (IHS) clinics. Yet, a 2000–2001 national survey(More)
OBJECTIVE Florida, the fourth most populous state in the nation, has had historically low incidence rates of pertussis, the only vaccine-preventable disease with increasing numbers of reported cases. We compared the epidemiology and incidence rates of pertussis in Florida with other states and the United States. METHODS We used Florida and federal(More)
BACKGROUND De novo hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among transplant patients is rarely recognized but can have severe consequences. We investigated the scope, source, and mode of HCV transmission within a transplant center after incident HCV infection was identified in 2 patients who had liver transplantation in late 2006. METHODS Patients were(More)
BACKGROUND In July 1999, a rare strain of multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Senftenberg was isolated from the sputum of a trauma patient. Over a 6-year period (1999-2005) in northeast Florida, this Salmonella serovar spread to 66 other patients in 16 different healthcare facilities as a result of frequent transfers of patients among(More)
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