• Analytic comparison between three high-throughput commercial SARS-CoV-2 antibody assays reveals minor discrepancies in a high-incidence population 

      Nasrallah, Gheyath K; Dargham, Soha R; Shurrab, Farah; Al-Sadeq, Duaa W; Al-Jighefee, Hadeel; ... more authors ( Nature Research , 2021 , Article)
      Performance of three automated commercial serological IgG-based assays was investigated for assessing SARS-CoV-2 "ever" (past or current) infection in a population-based sample in a high exposure setting. PCR and serological ...
    • Antibiotic Resistance Profile of Commensal Escherichia coli Isolated from Broiler Chickens in Qatar. 

      Eltai, Nahla O; Abdfarag, Elmoubasher A; Al-Romaihi, Hamad; Wehedy, Eman; Mahmoud, Mahmoud H; ... more authors ( International Association for Food Protection , 2018 , Article)
      Antibiotic resistance (AR) is a growing public health concern worldwide, and it is a top health challenge in the 21st century. AR among Enterobacteriaceae is rapidly increasing, especially in third-generation cephalosporins ...
    • Association of Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection With Risk of Breakthrough Infection Following mRNA Vaccination in Qatar. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; ... more authors ( American Medical Association , 2021 , Article)
      The effect of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection on vaccine protection remains poorly understood. To assess protection from SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection after mRNA vaccination among persons with vs without prior SARS-CoV-2 ...
    • BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in Qatar. 

      Tang, Patrick; Hasan, Mohammad R; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; ... more authors ( Nature Researc , 2021 , Article)
      With the global expansion of the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, we conducted a matched test-negative case-control study to assess the real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccines ...
    • Characterizing the effective reproduction number during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from Qatar’s experience 

      Bsat, Raghid; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; Hasan, Mohammad R; ... more authors ( International Society of Global Health , 2022 , Article)
      Background: The effective reproduction number, Rt, is a tool to track and understand epidemic dynamics. This investigation of Rt estimations was conducted to guide the national COVID-19 response in Qatar, from the onset ...
    • Comparative Serological Study for the Prevalence of Anti-MERS Coronavirus Antibodies in High- and Low-Risk Groups in Qatar 

      Al Kahlout, Reham; Nasrallah, Gheyath; Farag, Elmoubasher; Wang, Lingshu; Lattwein, Erik; ... more authors ( Hindawi Publishing Corporation , 2019 , Article)
      Infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) could be asymptomatic or cause mild influenza-like illness. Therefore, the prevalence of MERS-CoV infections in the general population could be ...
    • Duration of mRNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants in Qatar. 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Coyle, Peter; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Nature Research , 2022 , Article)
      SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants are genetically divergent. We conducted a matched, test-negative, case-control study to estimate duration of protection of the second and third/booster doses of mRNA COVID-19 ...
    • Effect of mRNA Vaccine Boosters against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Infection in Qatar. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Yassine, Hadi M; ... more authors ( Massachusetts Medical Society , 2022 , Article)
      Waning of vaccine protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the emergence of the omicron (or B.1.1.529) variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have led to expedited ...
    • Effects of BA.1/BA.2 subvariant, vaccination, and prior infection on infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 omicron infections. 

      Qassim, Suelen H; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; AlMukdad, Sawsan; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2022 , Article)
      Compared to BA.1, BA.2 was associated with lower RT-qPCR cycle threshold (Ct) value-3.53 fewer cycles (95% CI: 3.46-3.60), signifying higher infectiousness. This may reflect higher viral load and/or longer duration of ...
    • Epidemiological impact of prioritising SARS-CoV-2 vaccination by antibody status: Mathematical modelling analyses 

      Ayoub, H.H.; Ayoub, Houssein H.; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Makhoul, Monia; Al Kanaani, Zaina; ... more authors ( BMJ Publishing Group , 2021 , Article)
      Background Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 have been developed, but their availability falls far short of global needs. This study aimed to investigate the impact of prioritising available doses on the basis of recipient ...
    • Epidemiology of respiratory infections among adults in Qatar (2012-2017). 

      Al-Romaihi, Hamad Eid; Smatti, Maria K; Ganesan, Nandakumar; Nadeem, Shazia; Farag, Elmoubasher; ... more authors ( Public Library of Science , 2019 , Article)
      Limited data is available about the etiology of influenza like illnesses (ILIs) in Qatar. This study aimed at providing preliminary estimates of influenza and other respiratory infections circulating among adults in Qatar. ...
    • mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 variants and severe COVID-19 disease in Qatar 

      Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M.; Benslimane, Fatiha M.; Al Khatib, Hebah A.; Tang, Patrick; ... more authors (2021 , Article)
      The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to be a global health concern. The mRNA-1273 (Moderna) vaccine was reported to have an efficacy of 94.1% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 due to infection with ‘wild-type’ variants in a ...
    • Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA BNT162b2 Covid-19 vaccine protection against variants of concern after one versus two doses. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; Al Khatib, Hebah A; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2021 , Article)
      Strategies for rolling out vaccination against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) varied across countries. A key question is whether delaying administration of the second vaccine dose to vaccinate the largest number of ...
    • Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19: Implications for control measures in Qatar 

      Tawengi, Abdelaziz M.; Johnston, Samantha; Albayat, Soha Shawqi; Bansal, Devendra; Ahmed, Shazia; ... more authors ( QSCIENCE , 2021 , Article)
      Public health control measures for communicable diseases are often based on the identification of symptomatic cases. However, emerging epidemiological evidence demonstrates the role of presymptomatic and asymptomatic ...
    • Relative infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections, reinfections, and primary infections. 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; Tang, Patrick; Coyle, Peter; ... more authors ( Springer , 2022 , Article)
      SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections in vaccinated individuals and in those who had a prior infection have been observed globally, but the transmission potential of these infections is unknown. The RT-qPCR cycle threshold ...
    • SARS-CoV-2 antibody-positivity protects against reinfection for at least seven months with 95% efficacy 

      Laith J., Abu-Raddad; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Coyle, Peter; Malek, Joel A.; Ahmed, Ayeda A.; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2021 , Article)
      BackgroundReinfection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been documented, raising public health concerns. SARS-CoV-2 reinfections were assessed in a cohort of antibody-positive persons ...
    • SARS-CoV-2 Infection Is at Herd Immunity in the Majority Segment of the Population of Qatar. 

      Al-Thani, Mohamed H; Farag, Elmoubasher; Bertollini, Roberto; Al Romaihi, Hamad Eid; Abdeen, Sami; ... more authors ( Oxford University Press , 2021 , Article)
      Qatar experienced a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic that disproportionately affected the craft and manual worker (CMW) population, who comprise 60% of the total population. This study ...
    • SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in the urban population of Qatar: An analysis of antibody testing on a sample of 112,941 individuals 

      Peter V., Coyle; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ben Hadj Kacem, Mohamed Ali; Abdulla Al Molawi, Naema Hassan; El Kahlout, Reham Awni; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2021 , Article)
      The study objective was to the assess level of detectable severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies in the urban population of Qatar. Antibody testing was performed on residual blood specimens ...
    • Severity, criticality, and fatality of the SARS-CoV-2 Beta variant 

      Abu-Raddad, Laith J; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Ayoub, Houssein H; Yassine, Hadi M; Benslimane, Fatiha M; ... more authors ( Oxford Academic , 2021 , Article)
      Beta (B.1.351) variant COVID-19 disease was investigated in Qatar. Compared to Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant, odds of progressing to severe disease were 1.24-fold (95% CI: 1.11-1.39) higher for Beta. Odds of progressing to ...
    • Two prolonged viremic SARS-CoV-2 infections with conserved viral genome for two months 

      Laith J., Abu-Raddad; Chemaitelly, Hiam; Malek, Joel A.; Ahmed, Ayeda A.; Mohamoud, Yasmin A.; ... more authors ( Elsevier , 2021 , Article)
      We document two cases of viremic and prolonged active infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) where the viral genome was conserved for two months, but infection was with little or ...