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K Luyckx, S Millet, S Van Weyenberg, L Herman, M Heyndrickx, J Dewulf, K De Reu
BACKGROUND: Biosecurity measures such as cleaning, disinfection and a vacancy period between production cycles on pig farms are essential to prevent disease outbreaks. No studies have tested the effect of a longer vacancy period on bacterial load in nursery units. METHODS: The present study evaluated the effect of a 10-day vacancy period in pig nursery units on total aerobic flora, Enterococcus spp., Escherichia coli, faecal coliforms and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...
October 19, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Maria Lennerås, Georgios Tsikandylakis, Margarita Trobos, Omar Omar, Forugh Vazirisani, Anders Palmquist, Örjan Berlin, Rickard Brånemark, Peter Thomsen
The breach of the skin barrier is a critical issue associated with the treatment of individuals with transfemoral amputation (TFA) using osseointegrated, percutaneous titanium implants. Thirty TFA patients scheduled for abutment exchange or removal were consecutively enrolled. The aims were to determine the macroscopic skin signs, the presence of bacteria and the gene expression in abutment-adherent cells and to conduct correlative and comparative analyses between the different parameters. Redness and a granulation ring were present in 47% of the patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Amani F Abaza, Osama N Mohamed, Fathy K El-Fiky, Khaled A Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal carriage among patients, healthcare workers (HCWs), and community individuals, as well as to test the effect of tea extracts on detected S. aureus isolates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study that was followed by an experimental study included a total of 1021 nasal swab samples that were collected from 470 community cases, 191 HCWs, and 360 patients...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Anaïs L Carniciu, Jonathan Chou, Ilya Leskov, Suzanne K Freitag
PURPOSE: This study retrospectively reviews preseptal cellulitis and abscesses involving the eyebrow to elucidate the bacteriology and potential causative factors. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted to identify patients who had been diagnosed with preseptal cellulitis or abscess involving the eyebrow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary between 2008 and 2015. Demographic, clinical, and microbiological data were collected. RESULTS: Eighty patients with eyebrow infections were identified, of whom 49 (61...
October 5, 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
H W Kim, Y J Hong, J I Jo, S D Ha, S H Kim, H J Lee, M S Rhee
Microbiological quality of 206 raw ready-to-eat seafood samples were investigated according to species (gizzard shad, halibut, rockfish, tuna, oyster, and squid) and distribution channels (fishery, hyper, and online market). Enumeration of Aerobic Plate Count (APC) and total coliforms (TC) and pathogenic bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) were performed, and level of microbiological quality were classified into four groups: satisfactory, acceptable, unsatisfactory, and unacceptable...
October 16, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
G J Roode, K-W Bütow, S Naidoo
To identify the pathogenic micro-organisms that had colonised preoperatively in clefts in the soft palate and oro-nasopharynx, we retrospectively studied the preoperative microbiological profiles of 200 infants who had had primary repair of all types of cleft in the soft palate. Data from a private practice that specialises in the repair of facial clefts were extracted randomly from patients' files. We analysed the results of the culture of preoperative swabs taken from clefts in the soft palate and oro-nasopharynx, and the resistance profile of organisms towards various antibiotics...
October 10, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Sheryl A Zelenitsky, Jacy Howarth, Philippe Lagace-Wiens, Christie Sathianathan, Robert Ariano, Christine Davis, Mauro Verrelli
♦ Background: Information related to the microbiology of peritonitis is critical to the optimal management of patients receiving peritoneal dialysis (PD). The goal was to characterize the microbiological etiology and antimicrobial susceptibilities of PD-related peritonitis (PDRP) from 2005 to 2014, inclusive. ♦ Methods: The distribution of organisms in culture-positive PDRP was described for new episodes and relapse infections, and further detailed for monomicrobial and polymicrobial peritonitis. Annual and overall rates of PDRP were also characterized...
October 13, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Rajeev Soman, Neha Gupta, Mitesh Suthar, Jatin Kothari, Alan Almeida, Anjali Shetty, Camilla Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Central-line-associated blood-stream infection (CLABSI) is a highly consequential nosocomial infection. The most effective management includes the removal of the infected catheter. Retention of the catheter and antibiotic lock therapy (ALT) along with systemic antibiotics may be attempted only if there are unusual extenuating circumstances. CLABSIs due to Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) is more common in our setting and the organisms are often highly resistant. Hence, there is a need to explore the use of novel antimicrobials for catheter lock solutions along with antibiofilm agents...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Jennifer I Smart, Gordon Ralph Corey, Martin E Stryjewski, Whedy Wang, Steven L Barriere
INTRODUCTION: The broth microdilution method (BMD) for testing telavancin minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) was revised (rBMD) in 2014 to improve the accuracy, precision, and reproducibility of the testing method. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the revised method on telavancin MIC values for Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) clinical isolates obtained from hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) patients. METHODS: Isolates from patients who participated in the phase 3 Assessment of Telavancin for Treatment of HAP Studies were retested using the rBMD method...
October 7, 2016: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
José Guilherme Prado Martin, Gabriela de Oliveira E Silva, Carolina Rodrigues da Fonseca, Caio Baptista Morales, Caroline Souza Pamplona Silva, Daniel Lima Miquelluti, Ernani Porto
Staphylococci are considered a major concern in dairy plants mainly due to the intensive production flow, automation of processing plants and increased demand in the microbiological quality of dairy products. This study aimed to identify S. aureus strains isolated from three Brazilian dairy plants, evaluate the influence of time, temperature and contact surface on the bacterial adhesion process, as well as the efficiency of simulated hygiene and sanitation protocol in removing adhered cells. For genotypic analyses, the presence of icaA and icaD in strains was evaluated...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Darius Seidler, Mary Griffin, Amanda Nymon, Katja Koeppen, Alix Ashare
BACKGROUND: Due to frequent infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, repeated respiratory cultures are obtained to inform treatment. When patients are unable to expectorate sputum, clinicians obtain throat swabs as a surrogate for lower respiratory cultures. There is no clear data in adult subjects demonstrating the adequacy of throat swabs as a surrogate for sputum or BAL. Our study was designed to determine the utility of throat swabs in identifying lung colonization with common organisms in adults with CF...
2016: PloS One
Gilles Salvat, Marie Guyot, Juliette Protino
AIM: "Label Rouge" broiler free-range carcasses have been monitored since 1991, and broiler flocks since 2010, for contamination by the main foodborne zoonotic bacteria. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Initially the monitoring plan mainly focused on the surveillance of Salmonella, and on indicators of the overall microbiological quality of free-range broiler carcasses such as S. aureus and coliforms, but was extended in 2007 to include Campylobacter enumeration on carcasses and in 2010 to Salmonella in the environment of live birds...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Fleur P Paling, Martin Wolkewitz, Lonneke G M Bode, Peter M C Klein Klouwenberg, David S Y Ong, Pieter Depuydt, Liesbet de Bus, Frangiscos Sifakis, Marc J M Bonten, Jan A J W Kluytmans
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the incidence of intensive care unit (ICU) acquired pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and its association with S. aureus colonization at ICU admission. METHODS: This was a post-hoc analysis of two cohort studies in critically ill patients. The primary outcome was the incidence of microbiologically confirmed S. aureus ICU-acquired pneumonia. Incidences of S. aureus ICU pneumonia and associations with S. aureus colonization at ICU admission were determined using competing risks analyses...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Amelia Deitchman, Daniel de Jong, April Barbour, Hartmut Derendorf
With resistance of S. aureus, the most prevalent identified pathogen in skin and soft tissue infections, on the rise, the need for safe, effective, and well-tolerated antibiotics is crucial. Ceftobiprole medocaril (BAL-5788), ceftobiprole's parenteral prodrug, is a bactericidal cephalosporin with broad Gram-positive and Gram-negative activity that has shown to be well-tolerated and noninferior to vancomycin and vancomycin plus ceftazidime in the treatment of MRSA complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs) in clinical trials...
October 2, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
C S Robinson, D Timofte, E R Singer, L Rimmington, L M Rubio-Martínez
Bacterial culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of septic synovial samples allows instigation of targeted antimicrobial therapy; however, bacterial culture takes more than 24 h and has low sensitivity. This study aimed to identify the most frequently cultured bacteria and their antimicrobial susceptibility profile from septic synovial samples in our referral equine hospital, to allow recommendations regarding appropriate initial antimicrobial therapy prior to culture results. Hospital records for all horses with synovial sepsis and a synovial sample submitted to the microbiology laboratory between 2004 and 2013 were retrieved (n= 379 samples)...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Ozgun Cuvas Apan, Teoman Zafer Apan, Alparslan Apan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Microbial contamination during preparation of the infusion drugs is an important issue in intensive care units. Objective of this study was to investigate in vitro antimicrobial properties of commonly used vasoactive drugs. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Clinical microbiology laboratory of a university hospital. MEASUREMENTS: Growth of the microorganisms Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida albicans in saline dilutions of adrenaline at 1, 10, and 100 μg/mL; noradrenaline at 1, 10, and 100 μg/mL; and dopamine at 0...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
T Marrs, C Flohr
Conventional culture-based studies have suggested that a reduction in microbial exposure in early life predisposes to atopic eczema and allergies. However, molecular microbiological methods have shown that conventional culture fails to grow around 80% of the bacterial flora. More recent work reviewed in this paper has employed next generation sequencing to study the influence of the gut and skin microbiota, both with regard to the risk of developing atopic eczema but also the role of pathogenic and commensal bacteria in established disease...
October 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Rein Jan Piso, R Pop, M Wieland, I Griesshammer, M Urfer, U Schibli, S Bassetti
PURPOSE: Cellulitis is normally treated without knowledge of the responsible pathogen. Blood cultures are positive in about 2-4 %, and superficial swabs are of no value. Needle aspiration has been proposed with identifying the likely pathogen in up to 29 %, but these studies are of older date and the technique is not widely used. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated the sensitivity of needle aspiration cultures in all patients with erysipelas/cellulitis. Diagnosis was made clinically by the treating physician...
2016: SpringerPlus
Cheng-Mao Ho, Chien-Yu Lin, Mao-Wang Ho, Hsiao-Chuan Lin, Chao-Jung Chen, Lee-Chung Lin, Jang-Jih Lu
Staphylococcus aureus isolates with discordant susceptibility results between oxacillin and cefoxitin obtained using automated microbiology systems are infrequently observed. From April 2013 to December 2014, 1956 methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and 1761 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus isolates were obtained from different patients. Forty isolates (1.1% and 2% in case of S. aureus and MRSA, respectively) with discordant susceptibility results (oxacillin susceptible and cefoxitin resistant) and carrying mecA gene were obtained...
August 28, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Hyeri Son, Sunhyung Park, Larry R Beuchat, Hoikyung Kim, Jee-Hoon Ryu
The goal of this study was to develop a desiccation resistant antimicrobial surface using biofilm of competitive exclusion (CE) microorganism inhibitory to Staphylococcus aureus. We isolated 161 microorganisms from soils, foods, and food-contact surfaces that are inhibitory to S. aureus. Among them, three CE microorganisms (Streptomyces spororaveus strain Gaeunsan-18, Bacillus safensis strain Chamnamu-sup 5-25, and Pseudomonas azotoformans strain Lettuce-9) exhibiting strong antibacterial activity and high growth rates were selected for evaluation...
September 13, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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