Heat wave-associated vibriosis, Sweden and Finland, 2014

Baker-Austin, Craig, Trinanes, Joaquin A., Salmenlinna, Saara, Löfdahl, Margareta, Siitonen, Anja, Taylor, Nick G.H. and Martinez-Urtaza, Jaime (2016) Heat wave-associated vibriosis, Sweden and Finland, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 22 (7). pp. 1216-1220. ISSN 1080-6040

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Abstract

During summer 2014, a total of 89 Vibrio infections were reported in Sweden and Finland, substantially more yearly infections than previously have been reported in northern Europe. Infections were spread across most coastal counties of Sweden and Finland, but unusually, numerous infections were reported in subarctic regions; cases were reported as far north as 65°N, ≈100 miles (160 km) from the Arctic Circle. Most infections were caused by non-O1/O139 V. cholerae (70 cases, corresponding to 77% of the total, all strains were negative for the cholera toxin gene). An extreme heat wave in northern Scandinavia during summer 2014 led to unprecedented high sea surface temperatures, which appear to have been responsible for the emergence of Vibrio bacteria at these latitudes. The emergence of vibriosis in high-latitude regions requires improved diagnostic detection and clinical awareness of these emerging pathogens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: epidemiology,microbiology (medical),infectious diseases ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2713
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 14:33
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70090
DOI: 10.32032/eid2207.151996

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