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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: Update: Fusarium Keratitis - United States, 2005 - 2006

Authors
item Barry, M - BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMM
item Pendarvis, J - BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMM
item Mshar, P - CT DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
item Ritger, K - IL DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
item Dixon, P - KY DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
item Alfonso, E - BASCOM-PALMER EYE INST FL
item Leguen, F - MIAMI-DADE CNTY HEALTH
item Signs, K - MI DEPT COMMNTY HEALTH
item Fine, A - NY CITY DEPT OF HEALTH
item Nivin, B - NY CITY DEPT OF HEALTH
item Anand, M - NY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
item Smith, P - NY STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
item Salehi, E - OH DEPT OF HEALTH
item Demarco, K - MONMOUTH CNTY HEALTH DEPT
item Sison, E - NEWARK DEPT OF HEALTH
item Genese, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVC
item Robertson, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVC
item Tan, C - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVC
item Bresnitz, E - NJ DEPT HEALTH & SNR SRVC
item Kainer, M - TN DEPT OF HEALTH
item Thayer, N - VT DEPT OF HEALTH
item Jones, D - CULLEN EYE INST, TX
item O Donnell, Kerry
item Park, B - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Wannemuehler, K - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Jacobson, L - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Crowell, C - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Gerhart, M - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Brandt, M - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Fridkin, S - NATL CNTR ZOONOTIC DIS
item Srinivasan, A - NCPDCID
item Arduino, M - NCPDCID
item Noble-Wang, J - NCPDCID
item Chang, D - CDC
item Grant, G - CDC
item Burwell, L - CDC
item Rao, C - CDC
item Carpenter, L - CDC
item Greshman, M - CDC
item Huang, A - CDC
item Lewis, F - CDC
item Mirchandani, G - CDC
item Sosa, L - CDC

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: May 3, 2006
Publication Date: May 19, 2006
Citation: Barry, M.A., Pendarvis, J., Mshar, P., Ritger, K., Dixon, P., Alfonso, E., Leguen, F., Signs, K., Fine, A., Nivin, B., Anand, M., Smith, P., Salehi, E., Demarco, K., Sison, E., Genese, C., Robertson, C., Tan, C., Bresnitz, E., Kainer, M.A., Thayer, N.L., Jones, D.B., O Donnell, K., Park, B.J., Wannemuehler, K., Jacobson, L., Crowell, C., Gerhart, M., Brandt, M., Fridkin, S., Srinivasan, A., Arduino, M., Noble-Wang, J., Chang, D., Grant, G., Burwell, L., Rao, C., Carpenter, L.R., Greshman, M., Huang, A., Lewis, F.M., Mirchandani, G., Sosa, L. 2006. Update: Fusarium Keratitis - United States, 2005 - 2006. MMWR Dispatch, vol. 55, May 19, 2006.

Technical Abstract: This report describes the results of a Fusarium keratitis outbreak investigation being conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The epidemiological data indicate that the 2005-2006 outbreaks of corneal infections within the United States are linked to the use of one brand of contact lens solution. This determination was made by conducting a stringent test of product association, comparing case-patients and uninfected individuals. The controlled investigation indicates that use of Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu® with MoistureLoc, for reasons that remain unclear, increases the risk for Fusarium keratitis. Eye-care physicians are urged to be vigilant in the diagnosis and treatment of fungal keratitis.

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