Nina Gatcheva

Nina Gatcheva
Bulgarian Association for infection Prevention and Control BulNoso · Board of the Association

MD PhD

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Additional affiliations
January 2003 - December 2008
National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Bulgaria
Position
  • Bulgarian-Swiss Hospital Hygiene Programme
Description
  • Infection prevention &control

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Publications (27)
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The risk of exposure to bloodborne viruses like VHB, VHC and HIV is a well known occupational risk for medical personnel (MP). In Bulgaria, protection of MP from HBV infection through immunization with a safe and highly effective recombinant vaccine is arranged according to the Ministry of Health’s regulations. Also, the recommendations of the Dire...
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Questionnaire survey on the main aspects of prevention and infection control was performed in 52 multi-profile hospitals for active treatment in the country in July-September 2018. In addition to the questions asked in our previous surveys more data were collected about the central sterile supply departments (CSSD) in 41 hospitals and medical perso...
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From March to August 2017, 165 measles cases were reported from three regions in Bulgaria. The age range was 0−55 years and 66% of the cases were under 9 years. The Roma population was disproportionally affected (89% of cases), 41% cases were unvaccinated and in 24 cases there was nosocomial transmission mostly in paediatric departments. A child un...
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Measles re-emerged in a nationwide outbreak in Bulgaria from 2009 to 2011 despite reported high vaccination coverage at national level. This followed an eight-year period since the last indigenous cases of measles were detected. The Bulgarian National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases collated measles surveillance data for 2009-2011. We a...
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As a result of dramatic political and economic changes in the beginning of the 1990s, Q-fever epidemiology in Bulgaria has changed. The number of goats almost tripled; contact between goat owners (and their families) and goats, as well as goats and other animals, increased; consumption of raw goat milk and its products increased; and goats replaced...
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Diseases caused by Streptococcus.pneumoniae (pneumococcus), serious as pneumonia, meningitis and febrile bacteraemia or less serious but more common as otitis media (OM), sinusitis and bronchitis, are a major public health problem worldwide. Currently, a new generation polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines are marketed internationally: a 7-vale...
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Objective To evaluate age-specific measles susceptibility in 17 European countries and Australia. Methods As part of the European Sero-Epidemiology Network 2 (ESEN2), 18 countries collected large national serum banks between 1996 and 2004. These banks were tested for measles IgG and the results converted to a common unitage to enable valid intercou...
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To evaluate age-specific measles susceptibility in Australia and 17 European countries. As part of the European Sero-Epidemiology Network 2 (ESEN2), 18 countries collected large national serum banks between 1996 and 2004. These banks were tested for measles IgG and the results converted to a common unitage to enable valid intercountry comparisons....
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To standardize serological surveillance to compare rubella susceptibility in Australia and 16 European countries, and measure progress towards international disease-control targets. Between 1996 and 2004, representative serum banks were established in 17 countries by collecting residual sera or community sampling. Serum banks were tested in each co...
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OBJECTIVE: To standardize serological surveillance to compare rubella susceptibility in Australia and 16 European countries, and measure progress towards international disease-control targets. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2004, representative serum banks were established in 17 countries by collecting residual sera or community sampling. Serum banks we...
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Two new live, oral rotavirus vaccines were licensed in 2006: the monovalent human rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) and the pentavalent bovine-human, reassotant vaccine (RotaTeq). The current rotavirus vaccines are considered equally safe and efficacious and are now introduced for routine use both in several industrialized and developing countries. In th...
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In 2002, the WHO Regional Office for Europe developed a strategic plan which outlined an approach for achieving measles and rubella elimination by the revised year of 2010. The approach focuses on delivering two doses of measles-containing vaccine and strengthening surveillance through case-based reporting and laboratory confirmation of suspected c...
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The epidemiology of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) has changed substantially since the introduction of measles vaccine. We studied the incidence of SSPE in Bulgaria based on cases admitted to the Child Neurology Clinic, University Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Sofia, for a 25-year period (1978-2002). The SSPE incidence prior to...
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To describe the seroepidemiology of herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2 in the general populations of eight European countries to better understand recent reported changes in disease epidemiology. Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, and Slovenia conducted national cross sectional serological sur...
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The aims of the present study are to establish the subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) incidence in Bulgaria for the 25-year period 1978-2002; to analyze the SSPE incidence prior to, and in the period of, routine measles immunization; and, to analyze the clinical characteristics of SSPE. SSPE was diagnosed in a total of 40 children; 28 of we...
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In Bulgaria, in parallel with recognition of the need to control nosocomial infections (NI), since the early 1950s a national infection control program has been gradually developed. This report summarizes the information on the key strategies implemented and the lessons learnt from the past experience. Based on the historical background the perspec...
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We conducted a study to provide information on the importance of bacterial pathogens causing childhood meningitis in Bulgaria. A 5-year population-based retrospective survey for bacterial meningitis in children <5 years of age was performed at all hospitals in the six largest regions of Bulgaria. There were 297 cases of meningitis reported, of whic...
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To assess the incidence of meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) among children in Bulgaria and to provide evidence for an informed decision on the use of Hib vaccines in Bulgaria. From 1 July 1997 to 31 December 1999, active surveillance for meningitis was conducted in six regions. For children with suspected meningitis, a cereb...
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As a result of dramatic political and economic changes in the beginning of the 1990s, Q-fever epidemiology in Bulgaria has changed. The number of goats almost tripled; contact between goat owners (and their families) and goats, as well as goats and other animals, increased; consumption of raw goat milk and its products increased; and goats replaced...
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Eradication programme for poliomyelitis in Bulgaria has been evaluated based on the results of epidemiological analysis aimed at illustrating the development of the system of surveillance and immunization programme in the period 1960 1998. The progress is being discussed in relation to WHO recommended basic strategies for polioeradication. The achi...
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Based on comparative analysis of the epidemiological parameters of mumps in Bulgaria the reasons for resurgance of the infection during vaccination era have been investigated. The incosistency of the immunization programme initiated in the early 1970's has been found to be the principal. Following a suspension of the vaccination in 1982 - 1985 the...
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During a vaccination period of 30 years (1969-1998) a wide scope of immunization schemes and approaches have been operated one dose schedule (1969-1982), periodic mass campaigns to improve the vaccination uptake (1976 and 1981) and routines two-dose schedule with second dose given at 2 yrs (1983-1992) or at 12 yrs (1993-1998). Up to the early 1990s...
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Universal vaccination against hepatitis B virus (HBV) was introduced for all newborns in Bulgaria in August 1991, after a three-year selective immunization of babies born to HBsAg-positive mothers. In 1992, a coverage level of 71.3% was achieved. Since 1989, hepatitis B morbidity among infants shows a continuing downward trend with the lowest annua...
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A mumps vaccine, using strain Sofia 6 prepared in guinea-pig kidney primary cell cultures, was gradually introduced in Bulgaria to vaccinate 1- to 12-year-old children between 1972 and 1976. It was included in the national vaccine programme in 1977. The vaccine showed a slight reactogenicity, a good immunogenicity and a high epidemiological efficac...

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