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Outbreak of invasive pneumococcal disease among shipyard workers, Turku, Finland, May to November 2019
Marius Linkevicius 1,2, Veronica Cristea 3,4, Lotta Siira 1, Henna Mäkelä 3, Maija Toropainen 1, Marjaana Pitkäpaasi 3, Timothee Dub 3, Hanna Nohynek 3, Taneli Puumalainen 3, Esa Rintala 5, Merja E. Laaksonen 5, Thijs Feuth 6,7, Juha O. Grönroos 8, Jutta Peltoniemi 9, Heikki Frilander 10, Irmeli Lindström 10, Jussi Sane 3
Affiliations: 1 Expert Microbiology Unit, Department of Health Security, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland; 2 European Programme for Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden; 3 Infectious Disease Control and Vaccinations Unit, Department of Health Security, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland; 4 European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden; 5 Department of Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control, Turku University Hospital (TYKS), Turku, Finland; 6 Division of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Turku University Hospital (TYKS), Turku Finland; 7 Department of Pulmonary Diseases and Clinical Allergology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland; 8 Department of Clinical Microbiology, Turku University Hospital (TYKS), Turku, Finland; 9 Infection Control Unit, Welfare Division, City of Turku, Finland10 Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland
Correspondence: Marius Linkevicius
Citation style for this article: Linkevicius Marius, Cristea Veronica, Siira Lotta, Mäkelä Henna, Toropainen Maija, Pitkäpaasi Marjaana, Dub Timothee, Nohynek Hanna, Puumalainen Taneli, Rintala Esa, Laaksonen Merja E., Feuth Thijs, Grönroos Juha O., Peltoniemi Jutta, Frilander Heikki, Lindström Irmeli, Sane Jussi. Outbreak of invasive pneumococcal disease among shipyard workers, Turku, Finland, May to November 2019. Euro Surveill. 2019;24(49):pii=1900681. https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.49.1900681
Received: 08 Nov 2019; Accepted: 05 Dec 2019
We report an outbreak of invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumococcal pneumonia among shipyard workers, in Turku, Southwest Finland. In total, 31 confirmed and six probable cases were identified between 3 May and 28 November 2019. Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes 12F, 4 and 8 were isolated from blood cultures of 25 cases. Occupational hygiene measures and vaccination of ca 4,000 workers are underway to control the outbreak at the shipyard.
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Keywords: Streptococcus pneumoniae; IPD; Pneumonia; Finland.