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OBJECTIVE The Working Group on Civilian Biodefense has developed consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals if tularemia is used as a biological weapon against a civilian population. PARTICIPANTS The working group included 25 representatives from academic medical centers, civilian and military(More)
BACKGROUND Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality among organ transplant recipients. Multicenter prospective surveillance data to determine disease burden and secular trends are lacking. METHODS The Transplant-Associated Infection Surveillance Network (TRANSNET) is a consortium of 23 US transplant centers, including(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence and epidemiology of invasive fungal infections (IFIs), a leading cause of death among hematopoeitic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients, are derived mainly from single-institution retrospective studies. METHODS The Transplant Associated Infections Surveillance Network, a network of 23 US transplant centers, prospectively(More)
OBJECTIVE The Working Group on Civilian Biodefense has developed consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals if botulinum toxin is used as a biological weapon against a civilian population. PARTICIPANTS The working group included 23 representatives from academic, government, and private institutions(More)
OBJECTIVE The Working Group on Civilian Biodefense has developed consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals following the use of plague as a biological weapon against a civilian population. PARTICIPANTS The working group included 25 representatives from major academic medical centers and research,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether a multifaceted systems intervention would eliminate catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs). DESIGN Prospective cohort study in a surgical intensive care unit (ICU) with a concurrent control ICU. SETTING The Johns Hopkins Hospital. PATIENTS All patients with a central venous catheter in the ICU. INTERVENTION(More)
Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii is recognized to be among the most difficult antimicrobial-resistant gram-negative bacilli to control and treat. Increasing antimicrobial resistance among Acinetobacter isolates has been documented, although definitions of multidrug resistance vary in the literature. A. baumannii survives for prolonged periods(More)
BACKGROUND In September 2012, the World Health Organization reported the first cases of pneumonia caused by the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). We describe a cluster of health care-acquired MERS-CoV infections. METHODS Medical records were reviewed for clinical and demographic information and determination of potential(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop consensus-based recommendations for measures to be taken by medical and public health professionals following the use of anthrax as a biological weapon against a civilian population. PARTICIPANTS The working group included 21 representatives from staff of major academic medical centers and research, government, military, public(More)