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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Fusarium Keratitis - Multiple States, 2006

item Barry, M
item Pendarvis, J
item Rosenbreg, J
item Chen, S
item Mshar, P
item Leguen, F
item Robertson, C
item Genese, C
item Tan, C
item Bresnitz, E
item Johnson, G
item Anand, M
item Smith, P
item Kainer, M
item Saviola, J
item Eydelman, M
item Schultz, D
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Park, B
item Srinivasan, A
item Wannemuehler, K
item Arduino, M
item Noble-wang, J
item Jacobson, L
item Brandt, M
item Fridkin, S
item Chang, D
item Burwell, L
item Carpenter, L
item Lewis, Fm
item Schaffzin, J
item Sosa, L

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/3/2006
Publication Date: 4/10/2006
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.

Interpretive Summary:

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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