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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS OF FUNGI TO ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY AND FOOD SECURITY

Location: Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens & Mycology Research Unit

Title: Fusarium Keratitis - Multiple States, 2006

Authors
item Barry, M - BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMM
item Pendarvis, J - BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMM
item Rosenbreg, J - CA DEPT OF HEALTH SVCS
item Chen, S - CA DEPT OF HEALTH SVCS
item Mshar, P - CT DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
item Leguen, F - MIAMI-DADE CNTY HEALTH
item Robertson, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVS
item Genese, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVS
item Tan, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVS
item Bresnitz, E - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVS
item Johnson, G - NY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
item Anand, M - NY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
item Smith, P - NY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
item Kainer, M - TN DEPT OF HEALTH
item Saviola, J - FOOD & DRUG ADMIN
item Eydelman, M - FOOD & DRUG ADMIN
item Schultz, D - FOOD & DRUG ADMIN
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Park, B - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Srinivasan, A - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Wannemuehler, K - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Arduino, M - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Noble-Wang, J - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Jacobson, L - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Brandt, M - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Fridkin, S - NATL CNTR INFEC DISEASES
item Chang, D - CDC
item Burwell, L - CDC
item Carpenter, L - CDC
item Lewis, Fm - CDC
item Schaffzin, J - CDC
item Sosa, L - CDC

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: April 3, 2006
Publication Date: April 10, 2006
Citation: Barry, M.A., Pendarvis, J., Rosenbreg, J., Chen, S., Mshar, P., Leguen, F., Robertson, C., Genese, C., Tan, C., Bresnitz, E., Johnson, G., Anand, M., Smith, P., Kainer, M.A., Saviola, J., Eydelman, M., Schultz, D., O Donnell, K., Park, B.J., Srinivasan, A., Wannemuehler, K., Arduino, M., Noble-Wang, J., Jacobson, L., Brandt, M., Fridkin, S., Chang, D., Burwell, L.A., Carpenter, L.R., Lewis, F.T., Schaffzin, J.K., Sosa, L. 2006. Fusarium Keratitis - Multiple States, 2006. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Dispatch Vol. 55, April 10, 2006.

Technical Abstract: The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated an outbreak of corneal infections caused by Fusarium involving at least 17 states as of April, 2006. Initial outbreak reports were from Singapore and Hong Kong. Preliminary results suggest that these outbreaks may be linked to the use of one brand of soft contact lens solution. This dispatch is directed at alerting state and local public health officials and eye-care clinicians to be on the outlook for this rare form of fungal infection to facilitate treatment and to obtain isolates for the ongoing epidemiological investigation. In addition, guidance is provided to contact lens users to minimize the risk of acquiring keratitis.

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