Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Research

Tel Aviv, Israel

Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Research

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Regev-Yochay G.,Tel Aviv University | Regev-Yochay G.,Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Research | Abullaish I.,Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Research | Abullaish I.,University of Toronto | And 10 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Background: Pneumococcal infections cause major morbidity and mortality in developing countries. We report the epidemiology of S. pneumoniae carriage in a developing region, the Gaza strip, and evaluate the theoretical coverage of carriage strains by pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs). Methodology: In 2009 we conducted a cross-sectional survey of S. pneumoniae carriage in healthy children and their parents, living throughout the Gaza strip. Data were collected and nasopharyngeal swabs were obtained. Antibiotic susceptibilities were determined by Vitek-2 and serotypes by the Quellung reaction. Principal Findings: S. pneumoniae carriage was detected in 189/379 (50%) of children and 30/376 (8%) of parents. Carriage prevalence was highest in children <6 months of age (63%). Significant predictors for child carriage were number of household members and DCC attendance. The proportion of pediatric and adults isolates with serotypes included in PCV7 were 32% and 20% respectively, and 46% and 33% in PCV13 respectively. The most prominent non-vaccine serotypes (NVT) were 35B, 15B/C and 23B. Penicillin-nonsusceptible strains were carried by70% of carriers, penicillin-resistant strains (PRSP) by 13% and Multi-drug-resistant (MDR) by 30%. Of all PRSP isolates 54% belonged to serotypes included in PCV7 and 71% in the PCV13. Similarly, 59% and 73% of MDR-SP isolates, would theoretically be covered by PCV7 and PCV13, respectively. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that, PCV13-included strains were carried by 46% and 33% of pediatric and adult subjects respectively. In the absence of definitive data regarding the virulence of the NVT strains, it is difficult to predict the effect of PCVs on IPD in this region. © 2012 Regev-Yochay et al.


Regev-Yochay G.,Infectious Dis Unit | Regev-Yochay G.,Gertner Institute for Epidemiology Research | Jaber H.,Infectious Dis Unit | Hamdan A.,Private Clinic | And 10 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2016

Introduction: Type1-pilus proteins were suggested as targets of future protein-based vaccines. Here we studied the effect of pneumococcal-conjugate vaccine (PCV7) implementation on the prevalence of piliated strains in a unique study setting which controls for typical confounders; the Palestinian-Israeli Collaborative Research (PICR). Methods: Annual cross-sectional surveys of pneumococcal carriage were performed during 2009-2011 among two closely related population that live under different health policies (a) Palestinian-Authority (PA) (n = 1773), where PCV7 was not yet introduced (b) East-Jerusalem (EJ) (n = 983) where PCV7 was rapidly implemented. Clinical data were collected, pneumococci identified and characterized and the presence of Type1-pilus genes was determined by rrgC PCR. Results: Following PCV7 implementation in EJ, overall carriage prevalence did not change (∼30%), but VT7 strains decreased from 61.5% to 33.8%. While prevalence of non-piliated-VT7 isolates decreased from 37% to 10%, p <. 0.001, the prevalence of piliated-VT7 strains persisted ∼25%. Additionally, piliated non-VT13 strains emerged (1-15%, p <. 0.001). These changes were not observed in PA. These dynamics were independent of the bacteria's resistance pattern. Conclusions: A differential effect of PCV7 was observed with a relative resistance of piliated strains to the vaccine. This suggests that Type1-pilus confers an intrinsic advantage for colonization and may be an attractive vaccine target. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.


Daana M.,Maccabi Healthcare Services | Daana M.,Hadassah University Medical Center | Rahav G.,Infectious Disease Unit | Hamdan A.,Private Clinic | And 10 more authors.
Vaccine | Year: 2015

Background: The Palestinian-Israeli Collaborative Research (PICR) cross-conflict setting provided a unique opportunity to study overall and indirect effects of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7), in two closely related Palestinian populations governed by two distinct health authorities with distinct vaccination policies. Here, PCV7 effects on pneumococcal carriage, serotype distribution and antibiotic resistance are reported. Methods: Annual cross-sectional surveys of pneumococcal carriage were performed during 2009-2011 among Palestinian children (≤5 years) (a) under Palestinian-Authority (PA) health policy (Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem), where PCV7 was unlicensed (b) under Israeli health policy (East-Jerusalem (EJ)) where PCV7 was rapidly implemented from July 2009. Clinical data were collected, pneumococci identified and characterized for antibiotic susceptibilities and serotype. Analyses included multivariate logistic models with an interaction term for PCV7-effect. Results: Altogether, 2755 children from PA (n= 1772) and EJ (n= 983) were enrolled, of which ~30% were pneumococcal carriers. While overall carriage was not affected by vaccination policy, carriage of vaccine-type (VT7) strains decreased from 52% to 22% (p< 0.001) in EJ, where PCV was implemented, but not in PA. This was accompanied by an increase in non-VT13 strains from 34% to 65% (p< 0.001) in EJ, but not in PA. Furthermore, within two years post-PCV7 introduction, proportion of multi-drug resistant strains, which was initially 23% in both populations, decreased significantly in EJ, to 10%, while simultaneously it increased in PA to 33% (p< 0.001). Similar trends were observed for resistance to most antibiotic groups. The proportion of resistant isolates among non-VT13 strains did not change during the study period. Conclusions: The unique study design distinguishes secular and seasonal effects from true vaccine effects. While PCV7 did not affect overall pneumococcal carriage rate, VT7 strains, many of which were antibiotic resistant decreased and were replaced by non-VT13 strains, which were mostly not antibiotic resistant, resulting in a net decrease in antibiotic resistance. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


PubMed | Private Clinic, Maccabi Healthcare Services, Infectious Dis Unit, Al-Quds University and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Vaccine | Year: 2016

Type1-pilus proteins were suggested as targets of future protein-based vaccines. Here we studied the effect of pneumococcal-conjugate vaccine (PCV7) implementation on the prevalence of piliated strains in a unique study setting which controls for typical confounders; the Palestinian-Israeli Collaborative Research (PICR).Annual cross-sectional surveys of pneumococcal carriage were performed during 2009-2011 among two closely related population that live under different health policies (a) Palestinian-Authority (PA) (n=1773), where PCV7 was not yet introduced (b) East-Jerusalem (EJ) (n=983) where PCV7 was rapidly implemented. Clinical data were collected, pneumococci identified and characterized and the presence of Type1-pilus genes was determined by rrgC PCR.Following PCV7 implementation in EJ, overall carriage prevalence did not change (30%), but VT7 strains decreased from 61.5% to 33.8%. While prevalence of non-piliated-VT7 isolates decreased from 37% to 10%, p<0.001, the prevalence of piliated-VT7 strains persisted 25%. Additionally, piliated non-VT13 strains emerged (1-15%, p<0.001). These changes were not observed in PA. These dynamics were independent of the bacterias resistance pattern.A differential effect of PCV7 was observed with a relative resistance of piliated strains to the vaccine. This suggests that Type1-pilus confers an intrinsic advantage for colonization and may be an attractive vaccine target.

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