THE FIRST ISSUE OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL REVIEW 1/2018 ON 100 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH-PZH

28-05-2018

The first issue of the Epidemiological Review of 2018 is published in the Jubilee Year of the 100th anniversary of the National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene. The issue includes an editorial note about the jubilee under the anniversary logo in English and Polish.

In the section "Infection problems" we publish, among others an review article about vancomycin-resistant infections of Enterococcus faecium in Poland and around the world. Vancomycin-resistant E. faecium strains (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecium) are becoming frequent cause of nosocomial infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. The article presents the methods of monitoring VRE and conducting supervision over hospital infections caused by these pathogens in various regions of the world.

In the same section, we recommend an article about hospital blood infections in intensive care units based on data obtained in seven ICUs in southern Poland participating in a multi-center standardized infection control program in 2013-2015.

It is also worth to read the article about tick paralysis, which most often affects  animals, but it can also occur in humans of all ages. Neurotoxins secreted by adult female ticks living in North America and Australia, less frequently also in Europe and Africa are linked to the occurrence of tick paralysis. There are 6 species of ticks in Poland that may pose a potential threat, including Argas reflexus, Ixodes crenulatus, Ixodes ricinus, Ixodes hexagonus.

We also publish two descriptions of rare cases of infection - coexistence of chancroid and hepatitis C and the form of septic listeriosis with multiple liver abscesses.

The "Public Health" section contains, among others, monographic article about Galleria mellonella L. -an insect used as a model organism in biomedical research. We recommend and encourage you to read.

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