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BACKGROUND The origin and estimated death toll of the 1918-1919 epidemic are still debated. Europe, one of the candidate sites for pandemic emergence, has detailed pandemic mortality information. OBJECTIVE To determine the mortality impact of the 1918 pandemic in 14 European countries, accounting for approximately three-quarters of the European population(More)
The spectrum of dermatoses occurring in travelers returning from tropical areas is poorly documented. We analyzed the relative frequency of travel-associated dermatoses and their possible relationships to travel characteristics in all persons who came to our hospital between November 2002 and May 2003 for a cutaneous disorder related to travel in a tropical(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction and related autoantibodies in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), and to determine whether these abnormalities develop over time. METHODS pSS patients (n = 137) and controls (n = 120) were investigated for thyroid dysfunction and for the presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody(More)
BACKGROUND Time series data are increasingly available in health care, especially for the purpose of disease surveillance. The analysis of such data has long used periodic regression models to detect outbreaks and estimate epidemic burdens. However, implementation of the method may be difficult due to lack of statistical expertise. No dedicated tool is(More)
BACKGROUND Although between 8 and 19% of travelers consult a doctor after returning from the tropics, the full spectrum of health complaints is unknown. METHODS We analyzed the relative frequency of travel-associated health complaints in all travelers (immigrants returning from visiting their home countries, expatriates, business travelers, and tourists)(More)
Fifteen tularaemia cases were identified after a holiday spent at a converted mill in the Vendee region in France, between 9 and 12 August 2004. The mill was visited, and descriptive, retrospective cohort and environmental investigations were conducted. The 39 people who had stayed at the mill between 24 July and 11 August were asked about symptoms,(More)
Despite the relative high frequency of Candida bloodstream infection, Candida endocarditis is a rare entity. We report seven cases, which occurred during a period of 1 year in western France. Six cases were because of Candida albicans, and one pacemaker endocarditis was because of Candida parapsilosis. All patients were men and presented risk factors for(More)
In murine systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) models, nephritogenic anti-dsDNA IgG has been shown to cross-react with a kidney antigen, alpha-actinin, and to be critical in renal pathogenesis. In humans, studies of anti-alpha-actinin antibodies (Abs) are scarce, and these antibodies remain to be evaluated. We have thus far tested sera from patients with SLE(More)
The efficacy of praziquantel started during the incubation period of schistosomiasis has not been studied. Eighteen tourists were infected by Schistosoma haematobium during summer 2003 after bathing once in the same cascade in Mali. We observed the efficacy of praziquantel given at different phases. They received praziquantel at the first consultation, from(More)