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.