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A technique is described by which a central venous catheter ('Hydrocath') is loaded with the glycopeptide teicoplanin for the prevention of catheter infection. Catheters are immersed in teicoplanin solution and, due to the hydrophilic surface coating of the 'Hydrocath' catheter, teicoplanin is absorbed by the surface layer. The catheter loading is(More)
Adherence of three fimbriated and non-fimbriated Klebsiella strains to polyetherurethane was investigated in order to assess the possible role of fimbriae in the adhesion of Klebsiella to synthetic polymers. Fimbriated strains with type 1 and type 1.3 fimbriae adhere significantly stronger to polyurethane than the same strains lacking fimbriae, whereas a(More)
Infections of central venous lines are still a problem in daily medicine. Despite adequate antibiotic therapy, removal of an infected catheter often becomes necessary. A simple procedure has been developed by which a special hydrophilic central venous catheter (Secalon-Hydrocath) can be loaded with iodine. Iodine is complexed in the hydrophilic(More)
Vero E6 cells, used for propagation and infection of Zika virus (ZIKV), were grown in Dulbecco modified Eagle medium (DMEM) supplemented with 2.5% inactivated fetal calf serum (FCS), 200 mM L-glutamine, 100 units/mL penicillin, 100 g/mL streptomycin, 1 mM sodium pyruvate, and nonessential amino acids (Sigma #M7145) at 37°C in a 5% CO2– humidified(More)
part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the written permission of the author. The added value of telemedicine services for physical rehabilitation 6 Dit proefschrift is goedgekeurd(More)
The interplay between arthropod-borne (arbo) viruses and their vectors is usually complex and often exert unique relationships. Aedes japonicus japonicus (Hulecoeteomyia japonica or Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus), an invasive mosquito species with laboratory proven vector competence for a number of emerging viruses has been newly introduced to Germany(More)
Mosquito-borne viruses (moboviruses) are of growing importance in many countries of Europe. In Romania and especially in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR), mosquito and mobovirus surveillance are not performed on a regular basis. However, this type of study is crucially needed to evaluate the risk of pathogen transmission, to understand the ecology(More)
During 2006-2015, we analyzed 70 dengue virus (DENV) strains isolated from febrile travelers returning to Germany. High genetic diversity, including multiple co-circulating DENV lineages and emerging new lineages of DENV-3 and DENV-4, was demonstrated. Our passive surveillance system based on returning travelers yielded substantial information on DENV(More)
West Nile virus (WNV), a Flavivirus with an avian primary host, is already widespread in Europe and might also pose an infection risk to Germany, should competent mosquito vectors be present. Therefore, we analysed the ability of WNV to infect German Culex mosquitoes with special emphasis on field collected specimens of Culex torrentium and Culex pipiens(More)