Sumana Fathima

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Steven J. Drews, Kimberley Simmonds, Hussain R. Usman, Karen Yee, Sumana Fathima, Graham Tipples, Raymond Tellier, Kanti Pabbaraju, Sallene Wong, James Talbot Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Office of the Chief Medical Officer(More)
BACKGROUND Human Parainfluenza Virus (hPIV) causes severe respiratory illness in infants and adults. Our study describes the association of hPIV1-4 with bronchiolitis, croup, and pneumonia using retrospective laboratory, administrative and public health data. Due to issues including the historic lack of hPIV4 in some commercial respiratory virus panels, the(More)
The H1N1 2009 influenza pandemic took the health care workers by surprise in spite of warning about influenza pandemic. Influenza A virus has the ability to overcome immunity from previous infections through the acquisition of genetic changes by shift or drift. Thus, understanding the evolution of the viruses in human is important for the surveillance and(More)
BACKGROUND ProvLab Alberta provides all laboratory testing for Bordetella pertussis including sporadic cases and outbreak investigations through collaborations with provincial public health partners. We describe B. pertussis activity in Alberta from July 2004 to December 2012. METHODS Laboratory testing for pertussis was analyzed using interpreted(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to undertake an epidemiological analysis of an increase in Bordetella pertussis activity during the period January 1 to August 31, 2012 in Alberta, Canada. B. pertussis testing was done using an IS481 real-time PCR assay with PCR-positive and indeterminate specimens cultured and stored for further analysis. METHODS(More)
We investigated the proportions of mono vs. mixed infections for human metapneumovirus (hMPV) as compared to adenovirus (ADV), four types of coronavirus (CRV), parainfluenza virus (PIV), RSV, and enterovirus/rhinovirus (ERV) in Alberta, Canada. Using the Data Integration for Alberta Laboratories (DIAL) platform, 26,226 respiratory specimens at ProvLab(More)
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) surveillance for incident methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitalized patients is performed in a complete provincial surveillance network of all acute care facilities in Alberta, Canada. IPC surveillance is centralized using a web-based data entry platform so that each patient is counted only(More)
This article assesses the viability of a recently described multi-analyte suspension array for the detection of herpes simplex viruses-1 and -2, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, human papillomavirus and hepatitis B virus. This methodology was identified by the authors as a means of providing rapid, high-throughput multiplex assays that were easy to use.(More)
BACKGROUND Rates of Bordetella pertussis have been increasing in Alberta, Canada despite vaccination programs. Waning immunity from existing acellular component vaccines may be contributing to this. Vaccine effectiveness can be estimated using a variety of data sources including diagnostic codes from physician billing claims, public health records,(More)
To determine the optimal number of specimens for virus detection in a respiratory outbreak, laboratory results from 2 Canadian public health laboratories were reviewed. The evidence suggests that 3 specimens are sufficient for detection of a virus in >95% of outbreaks, thereby reducing laboratory costs.