Author Contributions: Dr Chang had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Chang, O’Donnell, Noble-Wang, Jacobson, Lewis, Schaffzin, Kainer, Alfonso, Jones, Srinivasan, Fridkin, Park.
Acquisition of data: Chang, Grant, O’Donnell, Noble-Wang, Rao, Jacobson, Crowell, Sneed, Lewis, Schaffzin, Kainer, Genese, Alfonso, Jones, Park.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Chang, Grant, O’Donnell, Wannemuehler, Noble-Wang, Kainer, Srinivasan, Fridkin, Park.
Drafting of the manuscript: Chang, Grant, O’Donnell, Noble-Wang, Rao, Crowell, Srinivasan, Fridkin, Park.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Chang, Grant, Wannemuehler, Noble-Wang, Jacobson, Sneed, Lewis, Schaffzin, Kainer, Genese, Alfonso, Jones, Srinivasan, Fridkin, Park.
Statistical analysis: Chang, O’Donnell, Wannemuehler, Kainer, Fridkin, Park.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Chang, Grant, O’Donnell, Jacobson, Crowell, Sneed, Lewis, Genese, Fridkin, Park.
Study supervision: Chang, O’Donnell, Noble-Wang, Genese, Alfonso, Srinivasan, Fridkin, Park.
Financial Disclosures: Dr Alfonso reported that he has received research support and honoraria from Alcon, Allergan, CIBA Vision, and Bausch & Lomb. Dr Jones reported that he has served as a consultant for Bausch & Lomb. Dr Chu reported that he has served on the speakers bureau for Alcon. Dr Hwang reported that in 2001, he served as faculty sponsor for a 1-year postdoctoral research fellow in his department. The fellow was conducting research on corneal cell biology. His stipend and an allotment for travel and research expenses were supported by a scholarship fund from Bausch & Lomb of Japan, which was paid directly to the postdoctoral fellow. Since that time, Dr Hwang has had no other fellows sponsored by this program. Neither he nor his department have received any monies, directly or indirectly, from Bausch & Lomb Japan, Bausch & Lomb USA, or any subsidiaries. No other authors reported financial disclosures.
Fusarium Keratitis Investigation Team: Lauren Burwell, Melissa Gerhart, Lynette Benjamin, Shirley McClinton, Mark Lindsley, Matthew J. Arduino, Mary E. Brandt, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga; Cheng Leng Chan, Health Sciences Authority, Singapore; Pak-Leung Ho, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; Sue Chen, California Department of Health Services, Richmond, Calif; Lynn E. Sosa, CDC and Connecticut Department of Public Health, Hartford; Kathleen A. Ritger, CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago; Corwin A. Robertson, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton; L. Rand Carpenter, CDC and Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville; Neil Pascoe, Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin; Brandon D. Ayres, Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia, Pa; Darlene Miller, Jorge Cantu-Dibildox, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Fla; David G. Hwang, Maria D. Bernal, University of California, San Francisco; David S. Chu, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark; Geraldine Johnson, Madhu Anand, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY; Ellen D. P. Salehi, Ohio Department of Health, Columbus; David Bruckner, University of California, Los Angeles; Francis S. Mah, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa; and Ose Emasealu, Orange County Department of Health, Goshen, NY.
Disclaimer: Product names are necessary to report factually on available data; however, the USDA neither guarantees nor warrants the standard of the product, and the use of the name by the USDA implies no approval of the product to the exclusion of others that may also be suitable. The use of product names in this manuscript does not imply their endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC.
Funding/Support: All funding and material support for this work were by the US Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, or the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture.
Role of the Sponsor: No commercial entity had any role in this work.
Acknowledgment: We would like to thank the following people for their assistance in various aspects of this investigation including data collection, administrative support and implementation: Alicia M. Peterson, CDC; Ayesha Bashir, Arizona Department of Health Services, Jon Rosenberg, California Department of Health Services; Patricia Mshar, Connecticut Department of Public Health; Fermin Leguen, Miami-Dade County Health Department; Carrie M. Shuler, CDC and Georgia Department of Health; Angela S. Huang, CDC and Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Nevin Krishna, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Dipti D. Shah, Michele K. Plehn, and James F. Baker, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Gita Mirchandani, CDC and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Mu Mu Tha, Southern Nevada Health District; Erica J. Sison, Newark Department of Health and Human Services; Beth Nivin, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Christina Hidalgo, Jane Greenko, New York State Department of Health; Andre Weltman, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Enid Garcia-Rivera, Norma Diaz Paris, Yanire Garcia Guadulupe, Mildred M. Rivera Luna, Puerto Rico Department of Health; Nancy D. Walea, Randy Paul Valcin, Texas Department of State Health Services; Chien Earn Lee, Heng Derrick, Peng Lim Ooi, Ministry of Health, Singapore; Erich Strauss, University of California, San Francisco; Daniel J. Diekema, Sudeep Pramanik, University of Iowa; Trish Perl, Xiaoyan Song, Margaret A. Pass, The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Mary Beth Moore, Kaiser-Permanente, California; Paul Thompson, John Sheaffer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh; Ajit P. Limaye, University of Washington; Ai Ling Tan, Singapore General Hospital; Julia F. Shaklee, Vanderbilt University; Dean Ouano, Coastal Eye Clinic, NC; Wayne Chumley, Cornea Consultants of Nashville; William Trattler, Center for Excellence in Eye Care; Maria Orsini Lidkker, Shawn Lee, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; Jonathan D. Primack, Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania; Stephen M. Johnson, Robert D. Deitch Jr, Midwest Eye Institute; Alice Y. Matoba, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine; Jolianne Stone Tocca, Oklahoma State Department of Health; Roger Sanderson, Florida Department of Health; and Alison Strom, Jennifer Steele, Don Fraser, USDA.