In November 2013, a rare salmonella bacteria strain, Salmonella Coeln, has been confirmed in 18 people in Norway by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). The patients were infected in Norway and live in several counties (Buskerud, Oslo, Rogaland, Akershus, Nordland, Oppland, Oslo, Troms, Vestfold, Hordaland, Vest-Agder and Østfold).
European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013
European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked on the 18th November every year. This year in Norway, a seminar for health care providers about antibiotic use and resistance will be held, as well as several local events around the country for both doctors and the public.
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used medicine in pregnancy, yet there are very few studies that have investigated the possible long-term consequences for the child. A new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggests that long-term use of paracetamol during pregnancy may increase the risk of adverse effects on child development.
Maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression increased the risk of emotional and disruptive problem behaviors in children as early as 18 months of age, according to new research findings from the TOPP study. The risk persisted into adolescence and also gave an increased risk of depressive symptoms. The study is published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
A delegation from Estonia recently came to Norway to learn how children diagnosed with severe and persistent mental and behavioural disorders are supported at school, as part of the Public Health Initiatives programme.
New Annual Report:
The annual report "RAVN 2011-12: Usage of Antivirals and the Occurrence of Antiviral Resistance in Norway” describes the occurrence of viral resistance among influenza viruses and HIV. This is the first annual report from the Norwegian Surveillance System for Virus Resistance (RAVN) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The report is only available in English.
Several European countries are now reporting cases of invasive meningococcal disease serogroup C among sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM). Similar cases have previously been reported in the United States. MSM in Norway should be aware of the risk of developing the disease. An effective vaccine is available, and MSM who engage in casual sex and intimate contact with many partners in Norway or abroad should consider being vaccinated
Health authorities in Poland have reported an unusually high number of cases of rubella, also known as German measles. Poles in Norway and others who intend to stay in Poland and who have not had rubella or been vaccinated are recommended to be vaccinated. Pregnant women who are not vaccinated against the rubella or who have not confirmed immunity with a blood test should avoid travelling to Poland unless strictly necessary. This is especially important during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Severe floods can cause problems with the drinking water supply. In areas affected by flooding, there is a risk that contaminated flood water can enter drinking water treatment plants and / or water pipes. There may also be interruptions in the water supply. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health recommends these measures: