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Jennifer K. MacFarquhar
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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#1Heather Dubendris (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)
#2Jennifer K. MacFarquhar (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)H-Index: 3
Last.Shermalyn Greene (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)H-Index: 2
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We describe an outbreak of imipenemase metallo-β-lactamase–producing organisms in a long-term-care facility (LTCF) amid a larger community outbreak of extended-spectrum β-lactamase–producing organisms. Transmission was propagated by inadequate infection prevention practices. We provided infection prevention recommendations and education, facilitated colonization screening, and increased interfacility communication. This outbreak demonstrates the unmet need for infection prevention education in l...
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#1Katie J. Palladino (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)
#2Tammra Morrison (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)H-Index: 1
Last.Jennifer K. MacFarquhar (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)H-Index: 3
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In this report, we summarize the results of surveillance, on-site assessments, and molecular analysis conducted as part of a group A Streptococcus outbreak investigation in 2 skilled nursing facilities. We identified cases in 24 individuals (6 deaths) and infection prevention deficiencies. Isolates from 14 individuals represented the globally emergent clade 3 emm89 strain. Molecular analysis suggests that the 2 outbreaks were related. Wound care practices and 1 symptomatic shared employee may ha...
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#1Jessica L. Rinsky (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)H-Index: 1
#2Sheila Higgins (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)H-Index: 6
Last.Zack Moore (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)H-Index: 14
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Objective:In 2016, North Carolina blood lead level (BLL) surveillance activities identified elevated BLLs among 3 children exposed to take-home lead by household members employed at a lead oxide manufacturing facility. We characterized BLLs among employees and associated children and identified risk factors for occupational and take-home lead exposure.Methods:We reviewed BLL surveillance data for 2012-2016 to identify facility employees and associated children. We considered a BLL ≥5 μg/dL eleva...
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During an investigation of an outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), we identified unpasteurized tempeh as a novel food vehicle and Rhizopus spp. starter culture as the source of the contamination. Safe handling of uncooked, unpasteurized tempeh should be emphasized for prevention of foodborne illnesses.
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#1Jennifer K. MacFarquhar (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)H-Index: 3
#2Timothy F. Jones (Vandy: Vanderbilt University)H-Index: 41
Last.William Schaffner (Vandy: Vanderbilt University)H-Index: 76
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Background In September 2007, the Tennessee Department of Health was notified of a cluster of late-onset group B streptococcal (GBS) infections in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Outbreaks of late-onset GBS are rare. Methods A case was defined as culture-confirmed invasive GBS infection in a neonate aged ≥7 days, identified in hospital A during August 23 to September 6, 2007. We reviewed medical records; examined NICU microbiology reports; and performed serotyping, pulsed-field gel electr...
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Background Selenium is an element necessary for normal cellular function, but it can have toxic effects at high doses. We investigated an outbreak of acute selenium poisoning. Methods A case was defined as the onset of symptoms of selenium toxicity in a person within 2 weeks after ingesting a dietary supplement manufactured by “Company A,” purchased after January 1, 2008. We conducted case finding, administered initial and 90-day follow-up questionnaires to affected persons, and obtained laborat...
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