Knowledge Exchange Newsletter, June 2016

Outbreak Watch

  • Australia – A student at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Perth was mistakenly reported to have typhoid fever
  • Fiji – 73 cases of typhoid fever were recorded between January 2016 and June 2016 in the Northern Division
  • India – During Agra’s heat wave, doctors are urging indivduals to stay hydrated with clean water to prevent diarrheal diseases
  • Malaysia – 180 food stall operators at the Kuala Berang Ramadan bazaar did not have appropriate typhoid vaccinations, according to Terengganu Health Director Dr. Mohammed Omar
  • Nepal – Cases of typhoid fever and diarrheal disease have increased in Kathmandu​​

​Stories of Typhoid: Meet Yogendra

“I started my life with 100 rupees,” says the 41-year-old resident of Banepa, Nepal. An orphan, Yogendra worked hard his whole life to achieve success. “I had nothing when I came to Banepa. I was a street child,” he recalls.

Once an orphan, Yogendra now has a bustling home with seven people under one roof and a momo (dumpling) shop. He was even recently able to start building a new floor on their house to keep up with the growing family. The fever brought all of that to a crashing halt. Read More.

From the Blog

  • Fondation Mérieux holds trials for new enteric fever diagnostic test – By guest author Stéphane Pouzol, Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, Fondation Mérieux
  • Paratyphoid outbreak at wedding highlights need for improved WASH surveillance



Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Revisit of Fluoroquinolone and Azithromycin susceptibility breakpoints for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi – Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • How Can Vaccines Contribute to Solving the Antimicrobial Resistance Problem? – mBio

Diagnostics and Treatments

  • Serum bactericidal assay for the evaluation of typhoid vaccine using a semi-automated colony-counting method – Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Evaluation of fliC-d based direct blood PCR assays for typhoid diagnosis – BMC Microbiology

Epidemiology and Surveillance

Genomics and Host Susceptibility

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