The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices votes for near universal recommendation for seasonal influenza vaccinationArchived
The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccine issues, voted to approve a new recommendation on February 24 to offer seasonal influenza vaccination to the whole population aged 6 months and older.
Efficacy of pentavalent rotavirus vaccine against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants in developing countries in Asia: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trialArchived
These article published in The Lancet provide new data for the efficacy of oral pentavalent rotavirus vaccine for prevention of severe rotavirus – related gastroenteritis in infant in developing countries
Influenza season 2010/11 – Norway’s risk assessment and revisited vaccine recommendationsArchived
An important conclusion from this process is that the current situation, with B viruses dominating (80%), is likely to continue through the season.
Ecological approaches to informing public-health policy and risk assessments on emerging vector-borne zoonosesArchived
Medlock and Jameson discuss in this paper how an ecological approach could and should inform public health policy and risk assessments on emerging vector-borne zoonoses, with focus on a UK and European context.
West Nile virus in Europe: understanding the present to gauge the futureArchived
The appearance of West Nile virus in New York in 1999 and the unprecedented panzootic that followed, have stimulated a major research effort in the western hemisphere and a new interest in the presence of this virus in the Old World. This review considers current understanding of the natural history of this pathogen, with particular regard to transmission in Europe.
Distribution of Far-Eastern TBEV subtype strains in the former Soviet UnionArchived
European and Asian viruses within the tick-borne encephalitis Flavivirus complex are known to show temporal, spatial and phylogenetic relationships that imply a clinal pattern of evolution.
Tick Surveillance in Great BritainArchived
This paper is a really nice analysis of results provided by a national tick surveillance program conducted from 2005 and 2009 in Great Britain by HPA. This study shows that useful information on tick distribution and ecology can be obtained from passive surveillance based on punctual records from public, veterinarians, clinicians, wildlife charities and academics from across Great Britain.
Pathogens and symbionts in ticks: a survey on tick species distribution and presence of tick-transmitted micro-organisms in Sardinia, ItalyArchived
In this paper, the authors present results produced by a two-year screening study on ticks from Sardinia for different tick-associated pathogens. They show that Rhipicephalus sanguineus is predominant and presents the most important diversity of pathogens, with its counterpart Rhipicephalus turanicus.