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Until recently, infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have mainly been associated with hospital outbreaks in Norway. However, increasingly cases are contracted outside hospitals. This paper reports the first two outbreaks of MRSA in two nursing homes in central Norway, affecting 23 residents and five staff members. Pulsed-field(More)
BACKGROUND Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic bacterium that can cause severe infection in susceptible patients. During the winter of 2001-2002, we investigated an outbreak of P. aeruginosa infection among patients in several hospitals across Norway. METHODS A nationwide outbreak investigation was performed with case finding, questionnaires, and(More)
Although much digital divide research focuses on access to technology, another cause of the divide is the lack of information awareness that we call information asymmetry. Information asymmetry often stems from inadequate information sharing and can result in negative consequences for both the information poor and the information rich. Information asymmetry(More)
BACKGROUND In 2002 we investigated an outbreak comprising 231 patients in Norway, caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and linked to the use of contaminated mouth swabs called Dent-O-Sept. Here we describe the extent of contamination of the swabs, and identify critical points in the production process that made the contamination possible, in order to prevent(More)
Two follow-up studies of a positive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) finding in the 2008 European Union baseline survey on MRSA in pig herds were performed to gain more knowledge about the epidemiology of the particular MRSA type, a known human type (ST8/t008), among pigs. Two persons on a Norwegian farm in the study were found to be MRSA(More)
BACKGROUND Legionnaires' disease, most often a serious condition, is a relatively rare disease in Norway although in recent years it has been on the increase. Because of clinical and microbiological diagnostic difficulties, one can assume that the number of new cases reported is significantly too low. MATERIAL AND METHOD A multidisciplinary team(More)
Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder of unknown etiology, predominantly affecting the lung. The increased concentration of pulmonary lymphocytes with specific receptors in subgroups of sarcoidosis patients suggests a local specific immune response. pso p27, a psoriatic scale antigen linked to the pathogenesis of psoriasis, was previously(More)