Outbreak Prevention & Control Gateway

Welcome to the Outbreak Prevention and Control Gateway. This gateway highlights the latest articles on outbreak prevention and control that is published by BioMed Central journals.


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    Does behavioral influence flu spread?

    The transmission potential of the 2009 A/H1N1 influenza outbreak may have been greater than previously thought as behavioral response, as measured by home television viewing, indicates that there was initial social distancing potentially limiting disease spread.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2015, 15:21
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    Chimps threatened by climate change

    Climate modelling projects that chimpanzee populations in central Cameroon will experience drastic reductions in suitable habitat over the course of this century; habitat for other West African populations is predicted to remain largely unchanged.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:2
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    MRA treatment beneficial for heart failure

    In a meta-analysis, treatment with mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) is linked to lower hospitalization rates for heart failure in patients with preserved systolic function, confirming the benefits of MRAs in these patients.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:10
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    Preventing school spread

    Targeted class closure strategies may prove as effective as whole-school closure in preventing the community spread of infectious diseases, such as influenza, as children spend more time in contact with their classmates than the general school population.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:695
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    Seasonal migration in the H3N2 influenza virus

    New models of the seasonal drivers of the H3N2 influenza virus suggest that focusing on connectivity, like air travel, will not be sufficient to predict likely outbreaks; factors affecting migration and persistence must also be taken into account.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:272
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    Safety of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate in combination with emtricitabine (TDF-FTC)

    A pre-exposure trial in African women does not suggest a significant relationship between TDF-FTC and creatinine or phosphorus toxicities, but those randomized to TDF-FTC have higher rates of mild to moderate ALT/AST toxicities, especially those with prior hepatitis B virus exposure.

    BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology 2014, 15:77
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    Monitoring influenza: use left or right nostril?

    Nasal swabs collected from left and right nostrils for influenza viral load monitoring displayed considerable sampling variability, highlighting the need for standardized sampling procedures.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:233
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    Limited evidence for flu vaccine benefits

    In a systematic review, evidence for the protective effects of influenza vaccination in patients with end-stage renal disease is limited, highlighting the need for more studies to assess vaccine effectiveness in this at-risk population.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:244
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    Cancer risk by ethnicity in England

    Analysis of cancer incidence data in England reveals that risk of breast and gynaecological cancers varies by ethnic group but groups typically grouped together are not homogenous with regards to their cancer risk.

    BMC Cancer 2014, 14:979
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    Tobacco use linked to social factors

    Population-based data from 30 sub-Saharan African countries provides country-level prevalence estimates of tobacco use, demonstrating varying use of smoking and smokeless tobacco that are linked to social determinants such as gender, age and education.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:243
  • Gut microbiome genetics

    Analysis of a mouse cross reveals host genes that alter the gut microbiome in addition to dietary factors that do

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:552
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    Estimating malaria burden

    Malaria continues to present significant health burden in Africa, but there is still controversy in how to estimate this; here Robert Snow argues that statistical measures should be used to assess the burden and inform control strategies.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:227
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    Implementation of a rotavirus vaccination program

    An observational study suggests that universal rotavirus vaccination is associated with a clear decrease in the number of bed days and occupancy rates for rotaviral acute gastroenteritis and all cause acute gastroenteritis. 

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:632
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    Identification of pathways to adverse autoimmune events

    Unique and common gene sets, pathways, immune system categories and functional clusters of genes in four autoimmune diseases suggest it is possible to develop molecular classifications of autoimmune and inflammatory events.

    BMC Immunology 2014, 15:61
  • HPV infection in HIV-infected women in China

    Human papillomavirus genotypes were found in 43.5% HIV-infected women in Yunnan province, China, highlighting the importance to screen for and prevent HPV in this population.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:202

News and events

Just published in BMC Public Health: Learning from large scale prevention efforts: findings from Avahan

Launched in 2003 with financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Avahan is the world's largest HIV prevention programme. This special supplement documents the role of the initiative in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India.

Edited by Lalit Dandona and Eric Benotsch