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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513815/epidemiology-of-paediatric-meningitis-in-central-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-after-the-implementation-of-haemophilus-influenzae-type-b-vaccination
#1
Fidèle S Touré, Samson Kouame, Honoré Tia, Pacôme Monemo, Amadou Cissé, Bamourou Diané, Sören L Becker, Chantal Akoua-Koffi
Infectious meningitis accounts for enormous morbidity worldwide, but there is a paucity of data on its regional epidemiology in resource-constrained settings of sub-Saharan Africa. Here, we present a study on the aetiology of paediatric meningitis in central Côte d'Ivoire. Between June 2012 and December 2013, all cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples drawn at the University Teaching Hospital Bouaké were examined for the presence of bacterial and fungal pathogens. A causative agent was detected in 31 out of 833 CSF specimens (3...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513814/zika-virus-isolation-from-semen
#2
Elena Percivalle, Maurizio Zavattoni, Fausto Fausto, Francesca Rovida
Zika virus (ZIKV) can be sexually transmitted and replicative particles were first detected in a semen sample from a patient during the 2013-14 French Polynesia outbreak. Here we describe the virus isolation from semen of a patient returning to Italy from Brazil.
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513813/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-after-effective-sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-treatment-in-a-patient-with-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#3
Silvia Odolini, Paola Lanza, Angiola Angiola, Serena Zaltron, Lucia Urbinati, Andrea Vavassori, Paola Nasta, Elena Festa, Franco Gargiulo, Anna Rodella, Arnaldo Caruso, Salvatore Casari, Francesco Castelli, Mauro Viganò
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been reported in patients with occult infection (OBI), i.e. HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) negative, HBV core antibody (anti-HBc) positive ± antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs) and detectable HBV DNA in serum or liver, receiving immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapies. Recently, concerns have been raised regarding the risk of HBV reactivation in OBI patients treated with direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Here we describe a case of HBV reactivation in a 72-year-old woman with OBI as a possible consequence of effective treatment with sofosbuvir (SOF) and ribavirin (Rbv) for genotype 2a/2c CHC...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513812/common-dermatophytes-and-in-vitro-anti-fungal-susceptibility-testing-in-patients-attending-the-dermatological-clinic-at-the-hospital-for-tropical-medicine-bangkok
#4
Watcharamat Muangkaew, Thanwa Wongsuk, Natthanej Luplertlop
Dermatophytes comprising the genera Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton are important causes of superficial mycoses. The number of infected patients and the distribution of species of these organisms in our hospital were unknown. We therefore aimed to investigate the clinical pattern of dermatophyte infections and to identify the species of these dermatophytes at the Dermatological Clinic of the Hospital for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok in a 1-year period...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513811/an-initially-unidentified-case-of-urinary-tract-infection-due-to-aerococcus-urinae
#5
Georgios Meletis, Dimitrios Chatzidimitriou, Fani Tsingerlioti, Fani Chatzopoulou, Georgios Tzimagiorgis
Aerococcus urinae is a microorganism responsible for urinary tract and blood stream infections which are rarely reported in clinical practice. However, it has been proposed that the infrequency of such reports may be partially due to difficulties related to pathogen identification. We present here a case of an elderly male patient with urinary tract infection where A. urinae was initially not identified by a private microbiology laboratory. Our report highlights the need to consider A. urinae as a causative agent of urinary tract infections because if not identified and properly treated it may lead to endocarditis or septicemia...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513810/epstein-barr-virus-encephalitis-in-solid-organ-transplantation
#6
Jillian S Y S Y, Zhi Mei Low, Iain Abbott, Lani Shochet, John Kanellis, Richard A Kitching, Tony M Korman
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is typically associated with post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) after solid organ and stem cell transplantation. However, it is rarely associated with neurological complications. We report a case of severe encephalitis complicating primary EBV infection six months post renal transplantation, and review the literature on EBV encephalitis in solid organ transplantation in adults. A 55-year-old male presented 6 months post cadaveric renal transplant with headache, fever and confusion...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513809/oral-gentamicin-therapy-for-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-gut-colonization-in-hematologic-patients-a-single-center-experience
#7
Paola Lambelet, Carlo Tascini, Simona Fortunato, Alessandro Stefanelli, Federico Simonetti, Chiara Vettori, Alessandro Leonildi, Francesco Menichetti
The mortality for carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) infection ranges from 18 to 48% depending on the type of therapy. Mortality rates in hematologic patients are even higher, up to 85%. Gut decontamination with oral gentamicin might be an option to avoid a subsequent KPC-Kp infection in colonized patients. We treated 14 hematologic patients with oral gentamicin, 80 mg four times daily, for 7 to 25 days in order to eradicate KPC-Kp from the gut, starting oral gentamicin therapy when possible after the discontinuation of systemic antibiotic therapy...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513808/magnetic-nanoparticle-enhanced-pcr-for-the-detection-and-identification-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-salmonella-enteritidis
#8
Dimitra Houhoula, Joseph Papaparaskevas, Katerina Zatsou, Nikolaos Nikolaras, Hanan I Malkawi, Marie-Paule Mingenot-Leclercq, Spyros Konteles, Stamatis Koussisis, Athanassios Tsakris, Ekatherina Charvalos
This paper evaluated magnetic nanoparticle-enhanced PCR for the detection and identification of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enteritidis. Two different types of magnetic nanoparticles designated MPIO (iron concentration 2.5 mg/ml, size 1 μm) and NP (iron concentration 8.7 mg/ml, size 60 nm), both conjugated with S. aureus or S. enteritidis antibodies were evaluated as an enrichment procedure for PCR-detection of the pathogens in Trypticase Soy Broth, milk, blood and meat broth. Bacterial suspensions (1...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368078/genotyping-of-toxoplasma-gondii-strain-directly-from-human-csf-samples-of-congenital-toxoplasmosis-clinical-case
#9
Chiara Pagliuca, Gabiria Pastore, Elena Scaglione, Annalisa Migliucci, Giuseppe Maria Maruotti, Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Elena Salvatore, Marco Picardi, Josè Camilla Sammartino, Maria Consiglio Buonocore, Pasquale Martinelli, Emilia Iaccarino, Roberta Colicchio, Paola Salvatore
This report describes a case of congenital toxoplasmosis in a newborn in Southern Italy. A pregnant mother had been admitted at the 20th week of her pregnancy on account of pharyngodynia and laterocervical lymphadenopathy. Although serological testing of the mother's serum documented a seroconversion with positive IgG and IgM anti-Toxoplasma antibodies during II trimester, the woman refused to perform prenatal diagnosis for congenital toxoplasmosis. Fetal ultrasound scan already showed mild asymmetrical triventricular hydrocephaly and cerebral calcifications...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368077/cowpox-virus-infection-in-a-child-after-contact-with-a-domestic-cat-a-case-report
#10
Ryszard Żaba, Magdalena Jałowska, Michał J Kowalczyk, Monika Bowszyc-Dmochowska, Zygmunt Adamski, Andrzej Szkaradkiewicz
Human cowpox represents a seldom diagnosed zoonosis but this diagnosis should be considered more frequently as the number of cases has increased in recent years. We describe a case of cowpox in an 11-year-old boy following regular direct daily contact with a domestic cat. The 11-year-old patient, an otherwise healthy boy, demonstrated skin ulceration located at his chin, with enlargement of regional lymph nodes and fever reaching 39°C. The diagnosis of cowpox was made on the basis of PCR involving DNA isolated from a scab covering the skin lesion...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368076/antimicrobial-consumption-and-antimicrobial-resistance-a-snapshot-of-an-italian-neuromuscular-rehabilitation-center
#11
Giuseppina Barberi, Maria Cristina De Cola, De Cola Dell'Utri, Sara Melardi, Bernardo Alagna, Placido Bramanti, Antonio Cascio
The paper presents a snapshot of the incidence of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial consumption in an Italian rehabilitation center over a two-year period (2014-2015). Data on microorganism identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing were obtained from the diagnostic laboratory of the hospital. A set of indicators was assessed, including the incidence density of resistant isolates per 1000 patient-days (IDRI). Data on antimicrobial consumption, semi-annually, obtained from the hospital pharmacy, were expressed as Defined Daily Dose (DDD) per 1000 patient-days...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368075/clinical-features-and-outcome-of-hospitalized-patients-with-hsv-1-dna-in-the-lower-respiratory-tract
#12
Francesca Pica, Marco Ciotti, Massimo Maurici, Cristina Buè, Paolo Nardi, Gabriella Lucà, Gabriella Moroni, Paola Rogliani, Carlo Federico Perno, Antonio Volpi
The aim of this study was to define the clinical impact of Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) DNA detection in the low respiratory tract of hospitalized patients. Forty-nine patients admitted to the University Hospital Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, from May 2013 to June 2014, were analysed. Inclusion criteria were the presence or absence of HSV-1 DNA in clinical routine bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid specimens. Nineteen individuals were positive (cases) and 30 negative (controls) for the presence of HSV-1 DNA. The two groups were matched for age, gender and month of BAL collection...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368074/management-of-carbapenem-resistant-k-pneumoniae-in-allogenic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-the-turin-bundle
#13
Francesco Giuseppe De Rosa, Silvia Corcione, Stefania Raviolo, Benedetto Bruno, Alessandro Busca
Carbapenem resistance has evolved rapidly since 2001 and the distribution of Carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-Kp) is currently a public health concern worldwide. In the haematological setting, especially in allogenic transplant, CR-KP infections were associated with a mortality up to 65%. Aim of this report is to describe the management of patients colonized by CR-Kp and undergoing allo-HSCT with a multiple-step intervention strategy: the "Turin bundle". Steps included oral gentamicin (GO) within 20 days before allo-HSCT, avoidance of levofloxacin prophylaxis during neutropenia, treatment of febrile neutropenia with tigecycline 100 mg bid and piperacillin-tazobactam at standard dosages and early appropriate combination therapy for patients with severe sepsis...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368073/molecular-analysis-of-the-ramra-locus-in-clinical-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolates-with-reduced-susceptibility-to-tigecycline
#14
Cristina Belmar Campos, Martin Aepfelbacher, Moritz Hentschke
Mutations in ramR, a negative regulator of ramA which stimulates transcription of acrA/-B encoding the multidrug efflux pump AcrAB-TolC, were recently shown to result in reduced susceptibility to tigecycline in Klebsiella pneumoniae. We analysed six non-duplicate K. pneumoniae isolates with elevated MICs to tigecycline. All isolates showed transcriptional up-regulation of ramA and acrB as demonstrated by Northern blot and quantitative real-time PCR. Sequencing of the ramR gene revealed deletions in five of the isolates and a premature stop codon in one isolate...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368072/review-of-hpv-related-diseases-and-cancers
#15
Pina Brianti, Eduardo De Flammineis, Santo Raffaele Mercuri
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a double-stranded circular DNA virus belonging to the papillomavirus family. It is transmitted by skin-to-skin or mucosa-to-mucosa contact and enters the body via cutaneous or mucosal trauma. HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease, although it is usually cured by the immune system. Worldwide, the risk of being infected at least once in a lifetime among both men and women is 50%. HPV infection causes common and anogenital warts, as well as other non-dermatological diseases...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368071/long-acting-agents-for-hiv-infection-biological-aspects-role-in-treatment-and-prevention-and-patient-s-perspective
#16
Stefano Rusconi, Simone Marcotullio, Antonella Cingolani
Current cART regimens are highly potent and well tolerated, but long-term toxicities, drug-drug interactions, lifetime costs and scarce option for multiclass failed patients could limit the efficacy of treatment itself. Long-acting formulations of antiretrovirals, which could potentially replace daily tablets, have been developed and are under investigation for prevention and treatment of HIV infection. Cabotegravir and rilpivirine represent the first drugs studied in this context. The aim of this review is to summarize the biological bases, the available information on completed and ongoing clinical trials and the potential development of long-acting regimens for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection...
April 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255605/an-epidemiological-study-on-vaginitis-in-6-150-women-of-reproductive-age-in-shanghai
#17
Haixia Wang, Zhonghua Huang, Zhaoxia Wu, Xulin Qi, Dongfang Lin
The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors for vaginitis, the proportion of pathogens, and cognition of reproductive age patients on the harmful effects of vaginitis, its risk factors, and treatment. This retrospective study enrolled 6,150 patients admitted to the Shanghai Jinshan Central Hospital from 2011 to 2015 with a chief complaint of abnormal vaginal discharge. A questionnaire was designed to survey the cognition of patients on the harmful effects of vaginitis. Routine gynecological examinations and laboratory tests were performed and the risk factors for contracting vaginitis were analyzed by multi-factor logistic regression analysis...
March 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255603/intraoperative-diagnosis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-coagulase-negative-staphylococcus-using-xpert-mrsa-sa-ssti-assay-in-prosthetic-joint-infection
#18
Andrea Sambri, Giovanni Pignatti, Matteo Romagnoli, Davide Donati, Maurilio Marcacci, Matteo Cadossi
The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the performance of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tool Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI test (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) on periprosthetic samples from a cohort of patients with suspected prosthetic joint infection (PJI). Seventy adult patients were included in this prospective study. On the basis of the preoperative evaluation, 39 patients were clinically considered to have a PJI, whereas 31 were presumed to suffer from an aseptic mobilization of the implant. Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI identified 4 out of 4 MRSA, 7 out of 7 MSSA, and 14 out of 16 methicillin resistant CoNS...
March 1, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255602/combination-of-thioridazine-and-dicloxacillin-as-a-possible-treatment-strategy-of-staphylococci
#19
Kristian Severin Rasmussen, Marianne Ø Poulsen, Kirstine Jacobsen, Marianne N Skov, Hans Jørn Kolmos, Birgitte H Kallipolitis, Janne K Klitgaard
We have previously shown that the phenothiazine, thioridazine, acts in synergy with the beta-lactam antibiotic, dicloxacillin, to kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In this study, we investigated whether synergy by combining these two drugs could also be observed in vancomycin intermediate susceptible S. aureus (VISA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE). Synergy was observed in three of four tested VISA strains, suggesting that the thickening of cell wall does not interfere with the effects of thioridazine...
March 1, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513816/italian-guidelines-for-the-use-of-antiretroviral-agents-and-the-diagnostic-clinical-management-of-hiv-1-infected-persons-update-2016
#20
Andrea Antinori, Antonio Di Biagio, Simone Marcotullio, Massimo Andreoni, Antonio Chirianni, Antonella d'Arminio Monforte, Massimo Galli, Francesco Mazzotta, Cristina Mussini, Massimo Puoti, Adriano Lazzarin
The Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) of the Technical Health Committee, Ministry of Health (Sections L and M) of Italy have supported recommendations for the Italian guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents and the diagnostic-clinical management of HIV-1 infected persons. This publication summarizes the latest updates to the 2016 version of the Italian Guidelines for the management of HIV-1 infected patients and the use of antiretroviral drugs. In particular, new recommendations were released concerning the following topics: estimate of the HIV continuum of care in Italy, optimal timing and preferred drug combinations for starting antiretroviral therapy, treatment optimization, and pre-exposure prophilaxis (PrEP)...
April 2017: New Microbiologica
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