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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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

item Barry, M
item Pendarvis, J
item Mshar, P
item Ritger, K
item Dixon, P
item Alfonso, E
item Leguen, F
item Signs, K
item Fine, A
item Nivin, B
item Anand, M
item Smith, P
item Salehi, E
item Demarco, K
item Sison, E
item Genese, C
item Robertson, C
item Tan, C
item Bresnitz, E
item Kainer, M
item Thayer, N
item Jones, D
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Park, B
item Wannemuehler, K
item Jacobson, L
item Crowell, C
item Gerhart, M
item Brandt, M
item Fridkin, S
item Srinivasan, A
item Arduino, M
item Noble-wang, J
item Chang, D
item Grant, G
item Burwell, L
item Rao, C
item Carpenter, L
item Greshman, M
item Huang, A
item Lewis, F
item Mirchandani, G
item Sosa, L

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/3/2006
Publication Date: 5/19/2006
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.

Interpretive Summary:

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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