• A case-control study into risk factors for acute hepatitis E in the Netherlands, 2015-2017.

      Tulen, Anna Dolores; Vennema, Harry; van Pelt, Wilfrid; Franz, Eelco; Hofhuis, Agnetha (2019-02-08)
      A case-control study was performed (2015-2017) to identify risk factors for acute hepatitis E in the Netherlands. A questionnaire on potential sources of hepatitis E virus (HEV) exposure, health and socio-demographics was completed by 376 patients with acute hepatitis E, and 1534 controls matched for age, gender and region of residence. Traditional Dutch dry raw sausages of pork muscle meat, called "cervelaat", "snijworst", and "boerenmetworst" were reported by 72% of the patients, and 46% of controls (aOR 3.0; 95%CI 2.2-4.1), with a population attributable fraction (PAF) of 48%. Direct contact with pigs and working with a septic tank were strong risk factors (aOR 3.1; 95%CI 1.3-7.3 and aOR 6.9; 95%CI 1.2-40.8, respectively), with a low PAF (2% and 1%, respectively). Host risk factors were pre-existing liver disease (aOR 3.8; 95%CI 2.0-7.1), diabetes (aOR 2.1; 95%CI 1.4-3.2), immunosuppressive medication (aOR 2.5; 95%CI 1.5-4.1), and gastric acid inhibitors (aOR 2.3; 95%CI 1.7-3.1). Dry raw pork sausages were the major source of HEV infection among our study population. The prevalence and cause of HEV contamination in these pork muscle meat products require further investigation. Infrequently reported, yet strong risk factors were contact with pigs, or a septic tank.
    • Clinical relevance of enteropathogen co-infections in preschool children-a population-based repeated cross-sectional study.

      Pijnacker, R; van Pelt, W; Vennema, H; Kortbeek, L M; Notermans, D W; Franz, E; Mughini-Gras, L (2018-12-13)
      This study aimed to (i) determine risk factors for enteropathogen co-infections, (ii) determine whether enteropathogen co-infections influence gastroenteritis risk, and (iii) determine whether enteropathogen co-infection occurred randomly in preschool children. A monthly-repeated cross-sectional survey in Dutch children aged 0-48 months was conducted during October 2012 to October 2014. A total of 981 stool samples were collected along with questionnaires collecting data on gastrointestinal symptoms and potential risk factors; 822 samples were successfully tested for 19 enteropathogens using real-time multiplex PCRs. Logistic regression analysis assessed co-infections in relation to gastroenteritis and potential risk factors. In all, 598/822 (72.7%) stool samples tested positive for at least one enteropathogen, of which 290 (48.5%) were positive for two or more enteropathogens. Risk factors for two or more enteropathogen co-infections were young age (<12 months, OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.1-3.3; 13-36 months, OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.1-2.5, versus 37-48 months), day-care attendance (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.3-2.5), households with three or more children versus those with one child (OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.1-2.8). Stool samples collected in spring less often had two or more enteropathogens versus summer (OR 0.4, 95% CI 0.2-0.7). Food allergy was a risk factor for three or more enteropathogen co-infections (OR 3.2, 95% CI 1.1-8.9). The frequency of co-infection was higher than expected for norovirus GI/norovirus GII, Clostridium difficile/norovirus GI, C. difficile/rotavirus, astrovirus/Dientamoeba fragilis, atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli/adenovirus, typical enteropathogenic E. coli/adenovirus, and enteroaggregative E. coli/astrovirus. No co-infection was associated with increased gastroenteritis risk. Risk factors for enteropathogen co-infections were identified and specific enteropathogens co-occurred significantly more often than expected by chance. Enteropathogen co-infections were not associated with increased gastroenteritis risk, calling into question their clinical relevance in preschool children.
    • A Multidimensional Approach to Assess Infectious Disease Risk: Identifying Risk Classes Based on Psychological Characteristics.

      van Wees, Daphne A; Heijne, Janneke C M; Heijman, Titia; Kampman, Karlijn C J G; Westra, Karin; de Vries, Anne; de Wit, John; Kretzschmar, Mirjam E E; den Daas, Chantal (2019-05-30)