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Trop Med Int Health. 2020 Jan 7. doi: 10.1111/tmi.13369. [Epub ahead of print]
Association Between Treatment with Oral Third-Generation Cephalosporin Antibiotics and Mortality Outcomes in Ebola Virus Disease: A Multinational Retrospective Cohort Study.
Aluisio AR1, Perera SM2, Yam D3, Garbern S1, Peters JL4, Abel L4, Cho DK4, Woldemichael D2, Kennedy SB5, Massaquoi M5, Sahr F6, Liu T3, Levine AC1.
Author information: 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, USA. 2 International Medical Corps, Washington, DC, USA. 3 Center for Statistical Sciences, Department of Biostatistics, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, USA. 4 Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, USA. 5 Ministry of Health, Monrovia, Liberia. 6 College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Freetown.
To evaluate the association between oral third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic treatment and mortality in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
This retrospective cohort studied EVD-infected patients admitted to five Ebola Treatment Units in Sierra Leone and Liberia during 2014-15. Empiric treatment with Cefixime 400 mg once daily for five days was the clinical protocol: however, due to resource variability, only a subset of patients received treatment. Data on sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, malaria status and Ebola viral loads were collected. The primary outcome was mortality compared between cases treated with Cefixime within 48 hours of admission to those not treated within 48 hours. Propensity scores were derived using clinical covariates. Mortality between treated and untreated cases was compared using propensity-matched conditional logistic regression and bootstrapped log-linear regression analyses to calculate an odds ratio (OR) and relative risk (RR), respectively, with associated 95% confidence intervals (CI).
Of 424 cases analyzed, 360 (84.9%) met the Cefixime treatment definition. The mean age was 30.5 years and 40.3% were male. Median Cefixime treatment duration was 4 days (IQR: 3, 5). Among Cefixime-treated patients, mortality was 54.7% (95% CI: 49.6-59.8%), vs. 73.4% (95% CI: 61.5-82.7%) in untreated patients. In conditional logistic regression, mortality likelihood was significantly lower among cases receiving Cefixime (OR=0.48, 95% CI: 0.32-0.71; p=0.01). In the bootstrap analysis, a non-significant risk reduction was found with Cefixime treatment (RR=0.82, 95% CI: 0.64-1.16, p=0.11).
Early oral Cefixime may be associated with reduced mortality in EVD and warrants further investigation.
© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
KEYWORDS: Antibiotics; Cephalosporin; Cohort Study; Ebola Virus; Viral hemorrhagic fevers
PMID: 31912627 DOI: 10.1111/tmi.13369
Keywords: Antibiotics; Cephalosporins; Cefixime; Ebola.