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Epidemiology of food-borne disease outbreaks in the French armed forces: A review of investigations conducted from 1999 to 2009.
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PMID:  21840337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Aim of this study was to describe the main characteristics of food-borne disease outbreaks (FBDOs) in the French armed forces from 1999 to 2009. METHODS: FBDOs are reported to the military epidemiological surveillance system, which concerns all active military personnel. Investigation reports published from 1999 to 2009 were reviewed. RESULTS: Among the 180 FBDOs reported, 48.3% occurred overseas. The mean reporting rate was 2.3 outbreaks p.100,000 in France and 29.3 p.100,000 overseas, reaching to 36.0 p.100,000 in Africa. Digestive symptoms were predominant among cases. Laboratory analyses on cases were positive in 29.4% of FBDOs. The most frequently isolated agents were shigella (15.4%). Laboratory analyses on food samples were positive in 18.9% of outbreaks, the most frequently isolated agent being Clostridium perfringens (15.7%). Only 7 FBDOs were documented by concordant analyses in both patients and food samples. CONCLUSIONS: The reporting rate was much higher among military deployed overseas, which can be the consequence of a lack of hygiene due to operational imperatives and the consumption of local food which does not meet safety standards. In operational settings, laboratory evidence may be difficult to obtain and a timely epidemiological investigation in some cases proves valuable to identify the likely vehicle of infection and to guide targeted intervention measures.
A Mayet; G Manet; C Decam; D Morisson; G Bédubourg; V Pommier de Santi; J-B Meynard; G Bornert; X Deparis; R Migliani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of infection     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2742     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7908424     Medline TA:  J Infect     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 The British Infection Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Centre d'épidémiologie et de santé publique des armées, Hôpital Bégin, Saint Mandé, France.
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