Recent publications

Recent Publications

  • Factors Associated with Nosocomial Diarrhea and Clostridium difficile -- Associated Disease in an Urban Teaching Hospital. Schwaber M.J., Simhon A., Block C., Roval V., Ferderber N., Shapiro M.(2000); Eur J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis.19: 9-15.
  • High rate of candidemia in patients sustaining blast injury in a marketplace: a possible environmental source. Wolf D.G., Polacheck I., Block C., Sprung C.L., Muggia -Sullam M., Wolf Y.G., Oppenheim-Eden A., Rivkind A., Shapiro M. (2000); Clinical Infectious Diseases. 31:712-6.
  • Enterobacter sakazakii infection in the newborn. Bar-Oz B., Preminger A., Peleg O., Block C., Arad I. (2001); Acta. Paediatr. 90:356-8.
  • Skin disease presenting as an outbreak of pseudobacteremia in a laboratory worker. Simhon A., Rahav G., Shapiro M., Block C. (2001); J. Clin. Microbiol. 39: 392-3.
  • Acinetobacter baumannii at a tertiary-care teaching hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. Simhon A., Rahav G., Shazberg G., Block C., Bercovier H., Shapiro M. (2001); J. Clin. Microbiol. 39: 389-91.
  • Association between intensity of chlorhexidine use and micro-organisms of reduced susceptibility in a hospital environment. Block C., Furman N. (2002); J. Hosp. Infect. 51: 201-206.
  • The yield of blood cultures in a department of emergency medicine. Stalnikowicz R., Block C. (2001); Eur. J. Emerg. Med. 8: 93-7.
  • Cluster of neonatal infections in Jerusalem due to unusual biochemical variant of Enterobacter sakazakii. Block C., Peleg O., Minster N., Bar-Oz B., Simhon A., Arad I., Shapiro M. (2002); Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 21: 613-6.


  • Evidence for recent selection of the CCR5 - Delta 32 deletion from differences in it's frequency between askenazi & sepharadi Jews. Maayan S., Zhang L., Shinar E., Ho J., Manni N., Kostrikis L.G., Neumann A.V. (2000); Genes and Immunity. 1:58-361.
  • Genetic Divergence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Ethiopian Clade C Reverse Transcriptase (RT) and Rapid Development of Resistance against Nonnucleoside Inhibitors of RT. Loemba H., Brenner B., Parniak M.A., Ma'ayan S., Spira B., Moisi D., Oliveira M., Detorio M., Wainberg M.A. (2002); Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 46:2087-94.


  • Evaluation of chlorhexidine and povidone iodine activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis using a surface test. Block C., Robenshtok E., Simhon A., Shapiro M. (2000); J. Hosp. Infect. 46:147-152.
  • Association between intensity of chlorhexidine use and micro-organisms of reduced susceptibility in a hospital environment. Block C., Furman N.; (2002); J. Hosp. Infect. 51:201-206.

Fungal Disease

  • Indolent aspergillus arthritis complicating fludarabine-based non-myeloablative stem cell transplantation. Panigrahi S., Nagler A., Or R., Wolf D.G., Slavin S., Shapira M.Y. (2001); Bone Marrow Transplant. 27:659-61.
  • Recovery of Candida dubliniensis from non-Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients in Israel, Polacheck, I., Strahilevitz J., Donnelly S., Sullivan D., Salkin I.F., Coleman D.C. (2000); J. Clin. Microbiol. 38: 170-174.
  • Multidrug-Resistant Trichosporon asahii Infection of Nongranulocytopenic Patients in Three Intensive Care Units. Wolf, G.D., Falk R., Hacham M., Theelen B., Boekhout T., Scorzetti G., Shapiro M., Block1 C., Salkin I.F. and Polacheck Itzhack (2001); J. Clin. Microbiol. 39: 4420-4425.
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel water soluble amphotericin B¯arabinogalactan conjugates Ehrenfreund-Kleinman, T., Azzam T. , Falk R., Polacheck I., Golenser J. and Domb A.J. (2002); Biomaterials 23: 1327-1333.
  • Fungemia in a cancer patient caused by fluconazole resistant Cryptococcus laurentii. Averbuch D., Boekhout T., Falk R., Engelhard D., Shapiro M., Block C. and Polacheck I. (2002); Medical Mycology. 40: 479-484.
  • Identification of four distinct genotypes of Candida dubliniensis and detection of microevolution in vitro and in vivo. Gee, S.F., Joly S., Soll D.R., Meis J.F., Verweij P.E., Polacheck I., Sullivan D.J. and Coleman D.C. (2002); J. Clin. Microbiol. 40: 556-574.

Neisseria Epidemiology

  • Anticapsular polysaccharide meningococcal antibodies in Israeli military recruits: immune status and the effect of simultaneous administration of immune globulin on the response to polysaccharide vaccine. Shapira-Nahor O., Grotto I., Adler A., Mandel Y., Ashkenazi I., Block C. (2002); Vaccine. 20:2851-2856.

Viral Diseases

  • Detection of human herpes virus-8 DNA in kidney allografts prior to the development of kaposi's sarcoma. Sarid R., Pizov G., Rubinger D., Bekenroth R., Friedlander M.M., Schwarz F., Wolf D.G. (2001); Clin Infect. Dis. 32:1502-5.
  • Distinct and separate roles for herpes virus-conserved UL97 kinase in cytomegalovirus DNA synthesis and encapsidation. Wolf D.G., Tan Courcelle C., Prichard M.N., Mocarski E.S. (2001); Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 98:1895-1900.
  • Emergence of multiple human cytomegalovirus ganciclovir-resistant mutants with deletions and substitutions within the UL97 gene in a patient with severe combined immunodeficiency. Wolf D.G., Yaniv I., Ashkenazi S., Honigman A. (2001); Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 45:593-5.
  • [Transarterial oil chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma, in 100 cases] Hebrew. Levy I., Verstandig A., Sasson T., Wolf D., Krichon I., Libson E., Levensart P., Papo O., Yurim O., Id A., Shouval D. (2000); Harefuah. 138:89-93, 174.
  • Pivotal role of CEACAM1 protein in the inhibition of activated decidual lymphocyte functions. Markel G., Wolf D., Hanna J., Gazit R., Goldman-Wohl D., Lavy Y., Yagel S., Mandelboim O. (2002); J. Clin. Invest. 110:943-53.
  • Exacerbation of pulmonary sarcoidosis after liver transplantation. Shibolet O., Kalish Y., Wolf D., Pappo O., Laxer U., Berkman N., Shaham D., Ashur Y., Ilan Y. (2002); J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 35:356-8.
  • Emergence of late cytomegalovirus central nervous system disease in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Wolf D.G., Lurain N.S., Zuckerman T., Hoffman R., Satinger J., Honigman A., Saleh N., Robert E.S., Rowe J.M ., Kra-Oz Z. (In Press); Blood.
  • Eczema Vaccinatum - a timely reminder. Moses A., Cohen-Poradosu R., (2002); New England J. Med. 346, 1287.

Streptoccocal Disease

  • Characterization of a mouse-passaged, highly encapsulated variant of group A streptococcus in vitro and in vivo studies. Ravins M., Jaffe J., Hanski E., Shetzigovski I., Natanson-Yaron S., Moses A.E. (2000); J. Infect. Dis.182:1702-11.
  • Invasive group a streptococcal infections, Israel. Moses A.E., Goldberg S., Korenman Z., Ravins M., Hanski E., Shapiro M. (2002); Emerg. Infect. Dis. 8:421-6.
  • A locus of group A streptococcus involved in invasive disease and DNA transfer. Hidalgo-Grass C., Ravins M., Dan-Goor M., Jaffe J., Moses A.E., Hanski E. (2002); Mol. Microbiol. 46: 87-99.


  • Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in Israel. Ravins M., Bercovier H., Chemtob D., Fishman Y., Rahav G. (2001); J. Clin. Microbiol. 39:1175-