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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432474/have-group-a-and-b-streptococcal-infections-become-neglected-diseases-in-europe
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R Creti
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April 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429165/the-use-of-rapid-test-quikread-go%C3%A2-strep-a-in-bacterial-pharyngotonsillitis-diagnosing-and-therapeutic-decisions
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E Stefaniuk, K Bosacka, M Wanke-Rytt, W Hryniewicz
Group A Streptococci (GAS) are the main causative agents of bacterial pharyngitis, which require antibiotic therapy. Rapid diagnostic tests detecting GAS combined with Centor/McIsaac score enable accurate differential diagnosis (viral vs. bacterial) and prompt commencement of targeted treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the specificity, sensitivity, PPV and NPV of QuikRead go® Strep A (Orion Diagnostica Oy, Finland) recommended for the detection of GAS in pharyngeal swabs. Quick diagnostic test results were compared with physical examination findings, Centor/McIsaac score and results of reference testing (conventional microbial cultures)...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429164/detection-of-gastrointestinal-pathogens-in-oncology-patients-by-highly-multiplexed-molecular-panels
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C C Otto, L H Chen, T He, Y-W Tang, N E Babady
We compared the frequency of gastrointestinal (GI) pathogen detection in an oncology patient population by two multiplexed molecular assays, the Luminex xTAG® Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel (GPP, which identifies 14 GI pathogens) and the BioFire Gastrointestinal Panel (BFGP, which identifies 22 GI pathogens). We additionally reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients tested with both panels. A total of 200 prospectively collected and 81 archived stool samples were tested by both panels. In the prospective cohort, the GPP and BFGP identified a pathogen in 33...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429163/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-bacterial-isolates-from-patients-presenting-with-ear-nose-and-throat-ent-infections-in-the-german-community-healthcare-setting
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B Olzowy, M Kresken, M Havel, D Hafner, B Körber-Irrgang
Empiric initial antibiotic therapy of bacterial infections is based primarily upon the susceptibility of the most common causative pathogens. The purpose of this study was to provide susceptibility data on six bacterial species known to cause ear, nose and throat (ENT) infections. A total of 1066 isolates collected during a nationwide laboratory-based surveillance study were analysed. All Streptococcus pyogenes isolates were penicillin (PEN)-susceptible, indicating that natural penicillins can still be recommended as the first-line treatment for group A streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429162/involvement-of-methylated-hbha-expressed-from-mycobacterium-smegmatis-in-an-ifn-%C3%AE-release-assay-to-aid-discrimination-between-latent-infection-and-active-tuberculosis-in-bcg-vaccinated-populations
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H-L Wen, C-L Li, G Li, Y-H Lu, H-C Li, T Li, H-M Zhao, K Wu, D B Lowrie, J-X Lv, S-H Lu, X-Y Fan
IFN-γ release assays (IGRAs) based on region of difference 1 (RD1) antigens have improved diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) infection. However, IGRAs with these antigens cannot discriminate between active tuberculosis (ATB) and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). M. tb heparin-binding-hemagglutinin (HBHA) induces relatively high IFN-γ responses in LTBI individuals and low responses in ATB patients, but purification of the native methylated HBHA from cultures of M. tb for immunological tests is complex and time-consuming...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421309/genetic-makeup-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-in-relation-to-clinical-symptoms-and-duration-of-shedding-a-microarray-analysis-of-isolates-from-swedish-children
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A Matussek, C Jernberg, I-M Einemo, S Monecke, R Ehricht, I Engelmann, S Löfgren, S Mernelius
Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STECs) cause non-bloody diarrhea, hemorrhagic colitis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, and are the primary cause of acute renal failure in children worldwide. This study investigated the correlation of genetic makeup of STEC strains as revealed by DNA microarray to clinical symptoms and the duration of STEC shedding. All STEC isolated (n = 96) from patients <10 years of age in Jönköping County, Sweden from 2003 to 2015 were included. Isolates were characterized by DNA microarray, including almost 280 genes...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417272/early-administration-of-neuraminidase-inhibitors-in-adult-patients-hospitalized-for-influenza-does-not-benefit-survival-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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S-H Choi, T Kim, K-H Park, Y G Kwak, J-W Chung, M S Lee
The administration of neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) within 2 days after the onset of symptoms (early NAI therapy) has been shown to reduce mortality in adult patients with severe influenza. However, there is no sufficiently solid evidence supporting the effectiveness of early NAI therapy on mortality. We reviewed the clinical data from 506 adult patients who were hospitalized for influenza between March 2010 and March 2014, to investigate the impact of early NAI therapy on mortality. Nearly one-third of the study patients were infected with influenza B (influenza A, influenza B, and co-infection of both in 68...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417271/antimicrobial-effects-of-manuka-honey-on-in-vitro-biofilm-formation-by-clostridium-difficile
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M Piotrowski, P Karpiński, H Pituch, A van Belkum, P Obuch-Woszczatyński
Clostridium difficile is the cause of the nosocomial C. difficile infection (CDI). The conventional antibiotics used in CDI therapy are often unsuccessful, and recurrent infections may occur. Biofilm formation by C. difficile is associated with chronic or recurrent infections; biofilms may contribute to virulence and impaired antimicrobial efficacy. Manuka honey, derived from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), is known to exhibit antimicrobial properties that are associated with its significant content of methylglyoxal, a natural antibiotic...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409290/comparison-of-clinical-and-laboratory-characteristics-during-two-major-paediatric-meningitis-outbreaks-of-echovirus-30-and-other-non-polio-enteroviruses-in-germany-in-2008-and-2013
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H Rudolph, R Prieto Dernbach, M Walka, P Rey-Hinterkopf, V Melichar, E Muschiol, S Schweitzer-Krantz, J W Richter, C Weiss, S Böttcher, S Diedrich, H Schroten, T Tenenbaum
Viral meningitis is mainly caused by non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV). Large-scale data on the clinical characteristics between different outbreaks within the same region are lacking. This study aimed to analyse a possible influence of the circulating NPEV genotype on the disease outcome of affected children. A retrospective cohort study analysing two major outbreaks of NPEV meningitis in Germany in 2008 and 2013 was conducted in cooperation with the National Reference Centre for Poliomyelitis and Enteroviruses (NRC PE) and five German children's hospitals...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401321/circulating-genotypes-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-and-its-clinical-correlation-in-patients-from-a-single-tertiary-center-in-india
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Y Singh, B R Mirdha, R Guleria, S Khalil, A Panda, R Chaudhry, A Mohan, S K Kabra, L Kumar, S K Agarwal
The present study was carried out with the objectives of genotyping Pneumocystis jirovecii at three distinct loci, to identify the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and to study its clinical implications in patients with Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). Analysis of genetic diversity in P. jirovecii from immunocompromised patients was carried out by genotyping at three distinct loci encoding mitochondrial large subunit rRNA (mtLSU rRNA), cytochrome b (CYB), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays followed by direct DNA sequencing...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401320/the-virulence-factors-of-group-a-streptococcus-strains-isolated-from-invasive-and-non-invasive-infections-in-polish-and-german-centres-2009-2011
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M Strus, P B Heczko, E Golińska, A Tomusiak, A Chmielarczyk, M Dorycka, M van der Linden, A Samet, A Piórkowska
Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) is one of the major human pathogenic bacteria that cause a wide range of diseases. Currently, increased incidence of streptococcal invasive infections is observed worldwide. In this study, we focused on the prevalence of genes encoding superantigens and type M proteins in the population of GAS strains from invasive versus non-invasive infections. We tested 253 GAS strains: 48 strains from patients with invasive infections (18 from wound/deep skin localization, 30 from women in labour) and 205 strains from non-invasive forms (147 from common infections of the upper respiratory, 49 from the vagina of females with genital tract infections and 9 from non-invasive wound and superficial skin infections)...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397101/direct-detection-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamases-ctx-m-from-blood-cultures-by-lc-ms-ms-bottom-up-proteomics
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F Fleurbaaij, W Goessens, H C van Leeuwen, M E M Kraakman, S T Bernards, P J Hensbergen, E J Kuijper
Rapid bacterial species identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing in positive blood cultures have an important impact on the antibiotic treatment for patients. To identify extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) directly in positive blood culture bottles, we developed a workflow of saponin extraction followed by a bottom-up proteomics approach using liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The workflow was applied to positive blood cultures with Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae collected prospectively in two academic hospitals over a 4-month period...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397100/the-burden-and-epidemiology-of-community-acquired-central-nervous-system-infections-a-multinational-study
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H Erdem, A Inan, E Guven, S Hargreaves, L Larsen, G Shehata, E Pernicova, E Khan, L Bastakova, S Namani, A Harxhi, T Roganovic, B Lakatos, S Uysal, O R Sipahi, A Crisan, E Miftode, R Stebel, B Jegorovic, Z Fehér, C Jekkel, N Pandak, A Moravveji, H Yilmaz, A Khalifa, U Musabak, S Yilmaz, A Jouhar, N Oztoprak, X Argemi, M Baldeyrou, G Bellaud, R V Moroti, R Hasbun, L Salazar, R Tekin, A Canestri, L Čalkić, L Praticò, F Yilmaz-Karadag, L Santos, A Pinto, F Kaptan, P Bossi, J Aron, A Duissenova, G Shopayeva, B Utaganov, S Grgic, G Ersoz, A K L Wu, K C Lung, A Bruzsa, L B Radic, H Kahraman, M Momen-Heravi, S Kulzhanova, F Rigo, M Konkayeva, Z Smagulova, T Tang, P Chan, S Ahmetagic, H Porobic-Jahic, F Moradi, S Kaya, Y Cag, A Bohr, C Artuk, I Celik, M Amsilli, H C Gul, A Cascio, M Lanzafame, M Nassar
Risk assessment of central nervous system (CNS) infection patients is of key importance in predicting likely pathogens. However, data are lacking on the epidemiology globally. We performed a multicenter study to understand the burden of community-acquired CNS (CA-CNS) infections between 2012 and 2014. A total of 2583 patients with CA-CNS infections were included from 37 referral centers in 20 countries. Of these, 477 (18.5%) patients survived with sequelae and 227 (8.8%) died, and 1879 (72.7%) patients were discharged with complete cure...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391538/efficacy-of-palivizumab-prophylaxis-on-the-frequency-of-rsv-associated-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-in-preterm-infants-determination-of-the-ideal-target-population-for-prophylaxis
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M Cetinkaya, T K Oral, S Karatekin, B Cebeci, A Babayigit, Y Yesil
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prophylaxis in high-risk infants is an effective intervention for the prevention of severe disease. The aim of this study was to determine the ideal target preterm population that might benefit from palivizumab prophylaxis by establishing the main risk factors for acute RSV-related infections. Former premature infants born with a gestational age ≤37 weeks and ≤1 year of age at the beginning of the RSV season and admitted with respiratory infection were included. RSV status was evaluated by RSV strip test in all infants...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391537/virulence-factors-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-and-the-risk-of-developing-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-norway-1992-2013
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U Naseer, I Løbersli, M Hindrum, T Bruvik, L T Brandal
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) may cause haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Age ≤5 years and presence of stx2a and eae are risk factors for the development of HUS. In this study, we investigated STEC isolates for the presence of adhesins, toxins and molecular risk assessment (MRA) factors to identify virulence genes associated with HUS development. We included non-duplicate isolates from all STEC infections (n = 340, HUS = 32) reported to the Norwegian National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Enteropathogenic Bacteria from 1992 to 2013...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389738/helicobacter-pylori-infection-increases-the-risk-of-adult-onset-asthma-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Y-C Wang, T-Y Lin, S-T Shang, H-J Chen, C-H Kao, C-C Wu, T-Y Yang
Helicobacter pylori infection (HPI) appears to reduce risk of childhood-onset asthma, but the relationship between HPI and adult-onset asthma is inconclusive. This study explored the potential association between HPI and risk of adult-onset asthma. We conducted a national insurance retrospective cohort study using the longitudinal health insurance database (LHID 2000) in Taiwan. We enrolled the HPI group consisting of 1664 patients with HPI diagnosis between 2000 and 2007, and the non-HPI group consisting of 6,656 age- and sex-matched subjects without HPI...
April 8, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386705/a-new-concept-and-a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-sysmex-uf-1000i%C3%A2-flow-cytometer-to-identify-culture-negative-urine-specimens-in-patients-with-uti
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T Monsen, P Ryden
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections in men and urine culture is gold standard for diagnosis. Considering the high prevalence of culture-negative specimens, any method that identifies such specimens is of interest. The aim was to evaluate a new screening concept for flow cytometry analysis (FCA). The outcomes were evaluated against urine culture, uropathogen species and three conventional screening methods. A prospective, consecutive study examined 1,312 urine specimens, collected during January and February 2012...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378244/ventilator-associated-pneumonia-by-methicillin-susceptible-staphylococcus-aureus-do-minimum-inhibitory-concentrations-to-vancomycin-and-daptomycin-matter
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J Ruiz-Ramos, P Vidal-Cortés, A Díaz-Lamas, R Reig-Valero, F Roche-Campo, M Del Valle-Ortiz, X Nuvials-Casals, M Ortiz-Piquer, D Andaluz-Ojeda, L Tamayo-Lomas, M A Blasco-Navalpotro, M Rodriguez-Aguirregabiria, J Aguado, P Ramirez
The use of vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) as an outcome predictor in patients with methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia has become an important topic for debate in the last few years. Given these previous results, we decided to investigate whether MICs to vancomycin or daptomycin had any effect on the evolution of patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) due to MSSA. An observational, retrospective, multicenter study was conducted among patients with MSSA VAP...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378243/prolonged-suppressive-antibiotic-therapy-for-prosthetic-joint-infection-in-the-elderly-a-national-multicentre-cohort-study
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V Prendki, T Ferry, P Sergent, E Oziol, E Forestier, T Fraisse, S Tounes, S Ansart, J Gaillat, S Bayle, O Ruyer, F Borlot, G Le Falher, B Simorre, F-A Dauchy, S Greffe, T Bauer, E N Bell, B Martha, M Martinot, M Froidure, M Buisson, A Waldner, X Lemaire, A Bosseray, M Maillet, V Charvet, A Barrelet, B Wyplosz, M Noaillon, E Denes, E Beretti, M Berlioz-Thibal, V Meyssonnier, E Fourniols, L Tliba, A Eden, M Jean, C Arvieux, K Guignery-Kadri, C Ronde-Oustau, Y Hansmann, A Belkacem, F Bouchand, G Gavazzi, F Herrmann, J Stirnemann, A Dinh
During prosthetic joint infection (PJI), optimal surgical management with exchange of the device is sometimes impossible, especially in the elderly population. Thus, prolonged suppressive antibiotic therapy (PSAT) is the only option to prevent acute sepsis, but little is known about this strategy. We aimed to describe the characteristics, outcome and tolerance of PSAT in elderly patients with PJI. We performed a national cross-sectional cohort study of patients >75 years old and treated with PSAT for PJI...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361246/multidrug-resistant-mycoplasma-genitalium-infections-in-europe
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J F Braam, L van Dommelen, C J M Henquet, J H B van de Bovenkamp, J G Kusters
In Japan and Australia, multidrug-resistant Mycoplasma genitalium infections are reported with increasing frequency. Although macrolide-resistant M. genitalium strains are common in Europe and North America, fluoroquinolone-resistant strains are still exceptional. However, an increase of multidrug-resistant M. genitalium in Europe and America is to be expected. The aim of this paper is to increase awareness on the rising number of multidrug-resistant M. genitalium strains. Here, one of the first cases of infection with a genetically proven multidrug-resistant M...
March 30, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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