Dirk Werber

Summary

Affiliation: Robert Koch-Institut
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Years of potential life lost for six major enteric pathogens, Germany, 2004-2008
    D Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Epidemiol Infect 141:961-8. 2013
  2. doi request reprint [The need for systematic molecular subtyping surveillance to timely detect food-borne, bacterial outbreaks]
    D Werber
    Fachgebiet für gastroenterologische Infektionen, Zoonosen und tropische Infektionen, Abteilung für Infektionsepidemiologie, Robert Koch Institut, DGZ Ring 1, 13086, Berlin, Deutschland
    Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 56:38-41. 2013
  3. pmc Outbreaks of virulent diarrheagenic Escherichia coli--are we in control?
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, DGZ Ring 1, 13086 Berlin, Germany
    BMC Med 10:11. 2012
  4. pmc Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroups in food and patients, Germany
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Emerg Infect Dis 14:1803-6. 2008
  5. ncbi request reprint Preventing household transmission of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 infection: promptly separating siblings might be the key
    Dirk Werber
    Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, National Public Health Service for Wales, Temple of Peace and Health, Cathays Park, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Clin Infect Dis 46:1189-96. 2008
  6. ncbi request reprint Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infection in Germany: different risk factors for different age groups
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 165:425-34. 2007
  7. pmc Identifying outbreaks of sexually transmitted infection: who cares?
    Dirk Werber
    Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, National Public Health Service for Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
    BMC Public Health 6:264. 2006
  8. ncbi request reprint [Surveillance of infectious foodborne diseases after enactment of the German Protection against Infection Act in 2001. Potentials and requirements]
    D Werber
    European Programme for Intervention, Epidemiology Training, Robert Koch Institut, Abteilung für Infektionsepidemiologie, Postfach 650261, 13302 Berlin, BRD
    Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 49:1020-6. 2006
  9. ncbi request reprint Strong association between shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 and virulence genes stx2 and eae as possible explanation for predominance of serogroup O157 in patients with haemolytic uraemic syndrome
    D Werber
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institut, Seestrasse 10, 13353 Berlin, Germany
    Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 22:726-30. 2003
  10. ncbi request reprint A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26:H11 infections in Germany, detected by molecular subtyping surveillance
    Dirk Werber
    Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institut, 13353 Berlin, Germany
    J Infect Dis 186:419-22. 2002

Detail Information

Publications29

  1. doi request reprint Years of potential life lost for six major enteric pathogens, Germany, 2004-2008
    D Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Epidemiol Infect 141:961-8. 2013
    ..Weighting death by age permits a different view on the disease burden individual enteric pathogens cause and particularly underscores the public health importance of listeriosis prevention...
  2. doi request reprint [The need for systematic molecular subtyping surveillance to timely detect food-borne, bacterial outbreaks]
    D Werber
    Fachgebiet für gastroenterologische Infektionen, Zoonosen und tropische Infektionen, Abteilung für Infektionsepidemiologie, Robert Koch Institut, DGZ Ring 1, 13086, Berlin, Deutschland
    Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 56:38-41. 2013
    ..e. they might belong to an outbreak. In this article we put forward strong reasons why a systematic nationwide molecular subtyping surveillance is needed for selected bacterial pathogens in Germany...
  3. pmc Outbreaks of virulent diarrheagenic Escherichia coli--are we in control?
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, DGZ Ring 1, 13086 Berlin, Germany
    BMC Med 10:11. 2012
    ..As a corollary, these tools are amenable to tailor microbiological testing of suspected food. Please see related article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/10/12...
  4. pmc Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroups in food and patients, Germany
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Emerg Infect Dis 14:1803-6. 2008
    ..Two thirds (41/61), representing 72% of food isolates, were also found in patients. Serogroups typically isolated from patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome were rarely found in food...
  5. ncbi request reprint Preventing household transmission of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 infection: promptly separating siblings might be the key
    Dirk Werber
    Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, National Public Health Service for Wales, Temple of Peace and Health, Cathays Park, Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Clin Infect Dis 46:1189-96. 2008
    ..Preventing household transmission of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 (STEC O157) infection is important because of the ease of interpersonal transmission and the potential disease severity...
  6. ncbi request reprint Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infection in Germany: different risk factors for different age groups
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 165:425-34. 2007
    ..Direct transmission through food played a lesser role in children under 3 years of age, the population at greatest risk of both acquiring STEC infection and developing hemolytic uremic syndrome...
  7. pmc Identifying outbreaks of sexually transmitted infection: who cares?
    Dirk Werber
    Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, National Public Health Service for Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
    BMC Public Health 6:264. 2006
    ..The objective of this study was to explore health professionals' knowledge of, and attitudes towards, identification and investigation of STI outbreaks in Wales...
  8. ncbi request reprint [Surveillance of infectious foodborne diseases after enactment of the German Protection against Infection Act in 2001. Potentials and requirements]
    D Werber
    European Programme for Intervention, Epidemiology Training, Robert Koch Institut, Abteilung für Infektionsepidemiologie, Postfach 650261, 13302 Berlin, BRD
    Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 49:1020-6. 2006
    ..Consequently, the general preventive strategy would be jeopardised, namely to understand the (often new) mechanisms by which contamination and disease transmission occur well enough to interrupt them...
  9. ncbi request reprint Strong association between shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 and virulence genes stx2 and eae as possible explanation for predominance of serogroup O157 in patients with haemolytic uraemic syndrome
    D Werber
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institut, Seestrasse 10, 13353 Berlin, Germany
    Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 22:726-30. 2003
    ..35). These data suggest that the more frequent carriage of both virulence genes, i.e. stx2 and eae, forms the basis of why STEC O157 predominates in patients with HUS...
  10. ncbi request reprint A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26:H11 infections in Germany, detected by molecular subtyping surveillance
    Dirk Werber
    Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institut, 13353 Berlin, Germany
    J Infect Dis 186:419-22. 2002
    ..This is, to our knowledge, the first multistate outbreak associated with a non-O157 STEC detected by laboratory-based surveillance. Molecular subtyping was pivotal, as disease occurrence was sporadic or family-related...
  11. doi request reprint German outbreak of Escherichia coli O104:H4 associated with sprouts
    Udo Buchholz
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    N Engl J Med 365:1763-70. 2011
    ..A large outbreak of the hemolytic-uremic syndrome caused by Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 occurred in Germany in May 2011. The source of infection was undetermined...
  12. doi request reprint Epidemic profile of Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany
    Christina Frank
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    N Engl J Med 365:1771-80. 2011
    ..The consumption of sprouts was identified as the most likely vehicle of infection...
  13. pmc Salmonella agona outbreak from contaminated aniseed, Germany
    Judith Koch
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Emerg Infect Dis 11:1124-7. 2005
    ..Consumers should adhere strictly to brewing instructions, although in exceptional cases this precaution may not be protective, particularly when preparing tea for vulnerable age groups...
  14. doi request reprint Large listeriosis outbreak linked to cheese made from pasteurized milk, Germany, 2006-2007
    Judith Koch
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Foodborne Pathog Dis 7:1581-4. 2010
    ..The findings should be considered in prevention guidelines addressing vulnerable populations...
  15. doi request reprint Cattle density and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infection in Germany: increased risk for most but not all serogroups
    Christina Frank
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 8:635-43. 2008
    ..This needs to be taken into account in risk factor studies for non-O157 STEC, ideally by reporting risks separately by serogroup...
  16. pmc Clinical aspects and self-reported symptoms of sequelae of Yersinia enterocolitica infections in a population-based study, Germany 2009-2010
    Bettina M Rosner
    Robert Koch Institute, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, DGZ Ring 1, Berlin 13086, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 13:236. 2013
    ..Y. enterocolitica infections may also cause sequelae such as reactive arthritis (ReA), erythema nodosum (EN), and conjunctivitis...
  17. pmc Epidemiology of reported Yersinia enterocolitica infections in Germany, 2001-2008
    Bettina M Rosner
    Robert Koch Institute, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 13086 Berlin, Germany
    BMC Public Health 10:337. 2010
    ..We present recent data on the epidemiology of reported yersiniosis in Germany...
  18. pmc The first wave of pandemic influenza (H1N1) 2009 in Germany: from initiation to acceleration
    Gabriele Poggensee
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, DGZ Ring 1, 13086 Berlin, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 10:155. 2010
    ..However, the first wave with measurable burden of disease started only in October 2009. The basic epidemiological and clinical characteristics of the pandemic were analysed in order to understand the course of the pandemic in Germany...
  19. pmc Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 is more likely to lead to hospitalization and death than non-O157 serogroups--except O104
    Karina Preußel
    Robert Koch Institute, Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Berlin, Germany Berlin School of Public Health, Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    PLoS ONE 8:e78180. 2013
    ..Timely diagnosis and surveillance of STEC infections should prioritize HUS-associated E. coli, of which STEC O157 is the most important serogroup. ..
  20. doi request reprint Lack of evidence for pre-symptomatic transmission of pandemic influenza virus A(H1N1) 2009 in an outbreak among teenagers; Germany, 2009
    Julia Hermes
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Influenza Other Respir Viruses 5:e499-503. 2011
    ..In June 2009, an outbreak of pandemic A(H1N1) 2009 infection occurred at a teenager's party in Germany. The objective of this study was to identify risk factors for pandemic A(H1N1) 2009 infection...
  21. pmc International outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg due to German chocolate
    Dirk Werber
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institut, Berlin, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 5:7. 2005
    ..This report describes a large international chocolate-associated Salmonella outbreak originating from Germany...
  22. doi request reprint Sorbitol-fermenting enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H- causes another outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome in children
    K Alpers
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Epidemiol Infect 137:389-95. 2009
    ..Further studies are necessary to identify the pathogen's reservoir(s). Stool samples of patients with HUS should be tested with an adequate microbiological set-up to quickly identify SF EHEC O157:H-...
  23. pmc Outbreak of Salmonella Goldcoast infections linked to consumption of fermented sausage, Germany 2001
    V Bremer
    Field Epidemiology Training Programme, Germany
    Epidemiol Infect 132:881-7. 2004
    ..Irradiation of raw ingredients is not accepted by German consumers, thus strict adherence to good manufacturing practices, the use of HACCP programmes as well as on-farm programmes remain crucial to reduce Salmonella...
  24. pmc Aetiology of community-acquired, acute gastroenteritis in hospitalised adults: a prospective cohort study
    Andreas Jansen
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 8:143. 2008
    ..Our objective was to study the causes and characteristics of community-acquired, acute gastroenteritis in adult hospitalized patients to support the clinical management of these patients...
  25. ncbi request reprint Massive outbreak of viral gastroenteritis associated with consumption of municipal drinking water in a European capital city
    D Werber
    Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Epidemiol Infect 137:1713-20. 2009
    ..Therefore, it is important to establish effective multiple-barrier water-treatment systems whenever possible, but even with an established chlorinated supply, sustained vigilance is central to public health...
  26. ncbi request reprint [Intersectoral collaboration of institutions in Germany and Europe in the field of food-borne zoonoses]
    Heidi Wichmann-Schauer
    Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, Berlin, BRD
    Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 52:157-67. 2009
    ..Targeted control measures, particularly at primary production, are expected to lead to a sustainable reduction of the incidence of food-borne zoonoses...
  27. pmc Estimating the under-reporting of norovirus illness in Germany utilizing enhanced awareness of diarrhoea during a large outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O104:H4 in 2011--a time series analysis
    Helen Bernard
    Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Seestraße 10, 13353 Berlin, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 14:116. 2014
    ..We aimed at estimating age- and sex-specific factors of that excess, which should be interpretable as (minimal) under-reporting factors of norovirus illness in Germany...
  28. ncbi request reprint Shedding and transmission of novel influenza virus A/H1N1 infection in households--Germany, 2009
    Thorsten Suess
    Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
    Am J Epidemiol 171:1157-64. 2010
    ..Compared with other nasopharyngeal specimen types, nasal wash was the most sensitive. These results support the notion that epidemiologic and virologic characteristics of NIV are in many aspects similar to those of seasonal influenza...
  29. pmc Bloody diarrhoea: Test early for verotoxin producing Escherichia coli
    Roland L Salmon
    BMJ 336:1147-8. 2008