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A decade of spore-forming bacterial infections among European injecting drug users: pronounced regional variation.

Creator:

VD Hope, M Palmateer, Lucas Wiessing, A Maronqiu, J White, F Ncube, D Goldberg

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

The recent anthrax outbreak among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Europe has highlighted an ongoing problem with severe illness resulting from spore-forming bacteria in IDUs. We collated the numbers of cases of 4 bacterial illnesses (botulism, tetanus, Clostridium novyi, and anthrax) in European IDUs for 2000 to 2009 and calculated population rates. Six countries reported 367 cases; rates varied from 0.03 to 7.54 per million people.Most cases (92%) were reported from 3 neighboring countries: Ireland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. This geographic variation needs investigation.

Date:

01/01/2012

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

VD Hope, M Palmateer, Lucas Wiessing, A Maronqiu, J White, F Ncube, D Goldberg. (2012) A decade of spore-forming bacterial infections among European injecting drug users: pronounced regional variation. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/115618 [Accessed: 26th June 2019].

  

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