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Shermin Tan, Yijun Lin, Kelly Foo, Han Fang Koh, Charlene Tow, Yiwen Zhang, Li Wei Ang, Lin Cui, Hishamuddin Badaruddin, Peng Lim Ooi, Raymond Tzer Pin Lin, Jeffery Cutter
We conducted a retrospective study of 40 case-patients and 58 controls as part of a nationwide investigation of a group B Streptococcus outbreak in Singapore in 2015. Eating a Chinese-style raw fish dish (yusheng) was a major risk factor for bacteremia, particularly caused by serotype III sequence type 283.
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Hitesh Soni, Adebowale Adebiyi
Apoptosis of renal tubular and glomerular cells during kidney disease involves activation of Fas ligand (FasL)-dependent death pathway. The significance of FasL in neonates with septic acute kidney injury (AKI) is unresolved, but an increase in renal FasL production, and/or infiltration of circulating FasL into the kidneys may occur following initial septic insult. Here, we examined whether soluble Fas ligand (sFasL) levels are altered during early phase of septic AKI in neonates. Six hours of polymicrobial sepsis elicited by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) (a bacteremia and sepsis marker) concentration in anesthetized and mechanically ventilated neonatal pigs...
October 21, 2016: Renal Failure
Morven S Edwards, Marcia A Rench, C Daniela Rinaudo, Monica Fabbrini, Giovanna Tuscano, Giada Buffi, Erika Bartolini, Stefano Bonacci, Carol J Baker, Immaculada Margarit
Immunization of nonpregnant adults could help prevent invasive group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections, but adult immune responses have not been investigated. We defined capsular polysaccharide (CPS) and pilus island (PI) surface antigen distribution and expression and immune responses to GBS infection in nonpregnant adults. Prospective surveillance from 7 hospitals in Houston, Texas, USA, identified 102 adults with GBS bacteremia; 43% had skin/soft tissue infection, 16% bacteremia without focus, and 12% osteomyelitis...
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Kristen L Lokken, Gregory T Walker, Renée M Tsolis
Non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica serovars (NTS) are generally associated with gastroenteritis; however, the very young and elderly, as well as individuals with compromised immunity, are at risk of developing disseminated infection that can manifest as bacteremia or focal infections at systemic sites. Disseminated NTS infections can be fatal and are responsible for over 600,000 deaths annually. Most of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa, where multi-drug resistant NTS clones are currently circulating in a population with a high proportion of individuals that are susceptible to disseminated disease...
October 8, 2016: Pathogens and Disease
Risha L Moskalewicz, Leidy L Isenalumhe, Cindy Luu, Choo Phei Wee, Alan L Nager
OBJECTIVE: To examine clinical characteristics associated with bacteremia in febrile nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters (CVCs) in the emergency department (ED). BACKGROUND: Fever is the primary reason pediatric oncology patients present to the ED. The literature states that 0.9% to 39% of febrile nonneutropenic oncology patients are bacteremic, yet few studies have investigated infectious risk factors in this population. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in a pediatric ED, reviewing medical records from 2002 to 2014...
September 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
B Franko, P Fournier, T Jouve, P Malvezzi, I Pelloux, J P Brion, P Pavese
OBJECTIVE: Lactobacillus bacteremia is a rare event and its epidemiology is poorly known. Whether Lactobacillus bacteremia is a contaminant, a risk factor, or a risk marker of death remains an open question. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients presenting with Lactobacillus bacteremia (LB), between January 2005 and December 2014, at the Grenoble University Hospital. RESULTS: LB was observed in 38 patients (0...
October 17, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Nicolás M Vázquez, Graciela Fiorilli, Paulo A Cáceres Guido, Silvia Moreno
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is resistant to different commonly used antibiotics, stressing the need for further strategies to treat this human pathogen with worldwide prevalence. The use of phytochemicals within the current pharmacology is a promising approach to enhance the antimicrobial activity of common antibiotics in the battle against these bacteria. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness of carnosic acid, the major constituent of Rosmarinus officinalis L...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Insa Joost, Johannes Steinfurt, Philipp T Meyer, Winfried V Kern, Siegbert Rieg
BACKGROUND: Ustekinumab (Stelara®), a human monoclonal antibody targeting the p40-subunit of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23, is indicated for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In large multicenter, prospective trials assessing efficacy and safety of ustekinumab increased rates of severe infections have not been observed so far. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 64-year old woman presenting with chills, pain and swelling of her right foot with dark maculae at the sole, and elevated inflammatory markers...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Philippe Willems, Jan Muller, Jan Verhaegen, Veroniek Saegeman, Stefanie Desmet
We report a case of a 77-year old male who developed a fulminant erysipelas and sepsis, caused by Myroides odoratimimus. Selecting the optimal antibiotic therapy for the treatment of infections with M. odoratimimus is challenging due to limited clinical experience with this micro-organism and its reported multidrug-resistance. Review of previous studies concerning in vitro antibacterial susceptibility and clinical experience with M. odoratimimus resulted in six case reports describing bacteremia, soft tissue and bone infections, pneumonia and urinary tract infections...
October 20, 2016: Acta Clinica Belgica
Jihee Yoon, Ho-Seong Cho, Chul Park, Byoung-Yong Park, Yang-Hoon Kim, Jiho Min
Yeast vacuoles, lysosomes, are cell organelles that have antimicrobial activity against several bacteria in vitro. Lysosomes have a potential application to the treatment of pathogens such as antibiotics in vivo. Therefore, the in vivo efficacy of lysosomes was examined in a rat infection model against pathogenic Escherichia coli with varying susceptibilities to standard antimicrobial agents. Before in vivo testing, the concentration-dependent safety of lysosomes was confirmed by blood test and histopathology of normal rats...
October 18, 2016: Current Microbiology
Yuji Watanabe, Nozomi Oikawa, Maya Hariu, Ryota Fuke, Masafumi Seki
Procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein serve as biomarkers of infection in patients with sepsis/bacteremia. The present study assessed the clinical characteristics of 280 patients with suspected sepsis who were admitted to Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital between January 2012 and December 2013. Among the patients, 133 and 147 were positive and negative for PCT, respectively. Patients who were PCT positive were older and more frequently male, had reduced levels of platelets and albumin, and increased levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and C-reactive protein...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
Chun-Yuan Lee, Calvin M Kunin, Chung Chang, Susan Shin-Jung Lee, Yao-Shen Chen, Hung-Chin Tsai
BACKGROUND: Cellulitis is a common infectious disease. Although blood culture is frequently used in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of cellulitis, it is a contentious diagnostic test. To help clinicians determine which patients should undergo blood culture for the management of cellulitis, a diagnostic scoring system referred to as the Bacteremia Score of Cellulitis was developed. METHODS: Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed as part of a retrospective cohort study of all adults diagnosed with cellulitis in a tertiary teaching hospital in Taiwan in 2013...
October 19, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Silvia Gómez-Zorrilla, Francisco Morandeira, María José Castro, Fe Tubau, Elisabet Periche, Rosario Cañizares, María Angeles Dominguez, Javier Ariza, Carmen Peña
The severity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) infection may be determined by the interaction with the host immune system. We designed a prospective study to assess the relationship between the inflammatory response and the clinical presentation and outcome of PA infection. We also investigated whether there are differences in the inflammatory response depending on the resistance profile of PA. Interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-10, procalcitonin (PCT), and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured. Sixty-nine infection episodes were recorded; 40 caused by non-multidrug-resistant (non-MDR) strains [29 (73%) respiratory; 8 (20%) bacteremia], 12 by MDR non-extensively drug-resistant (MDR-non-XDR) [9 (75%) respiratory; 3 (25%) bacteremia], and 17 by XDR strains [9 (53%) respiratory; 7 (41%) bacteremia]...
October 18, 2016: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Francis Mawanda, Robert B Wallace, Kimberly McCoy, Thad E Abrams
INTRODUCTION: Emerging evidence indicates associations between extra-central nervous system (CNS) bacterial infections and an increased risk for dementia; however, epidemiological evidence is still very limited. METHODS: This study involved a retrospective cohort of a national sample of US veterans (N = 417,172) aged ≥56 years. Extended Cox proportional hazard models adjusted for demographic characteristics and medical and psychiatric comorbidities determined the associations between systemic and localized extra-CNS bacterial infections occurring >2 years before the initial dementia diagnosis and the risk for dementia...
2016: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
Yun Long, Yinxin Zhang, Yanping Gong, Ruixue Sun, Longxiang Su, Xin Lin, Ao Shen, Jiali Zhou, Zhuoma Caiji, Xinying Wang, Dongfang Li, Honglong Wu, Hongdong Tan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Bacteremia is a common serious manifestation of disease in the intensive care unit (ICU), which requires quick and accurate determinations of pathogens to select the appropriate antibiotic treatment. To overcome the shortcomings of traditional bacterial culture (BC), we have adapted next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology to identify pathogens from cell-free plasma DNA. METHODS: In this study, 78 plasma samples from ICU patients were analyzed by both NGS and BC methods and verified by PCR amplification/Sanger sequencing and ten plasma samples from healthy volunteers were analyzed by NGS as negative controls to define or calibrate the threshold of the NGS methodology...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Naveena Jagadeeshan, Shilpa Jayaprakash, Raghu Thagachagere Ramegowda, Cholenahally Nanjappa Manjunath, V Lavanya
Corynebacterium striatum (C. striatum) is a ubiquitous saprophyte with a potential to cause bacteremia. We report the first case of C. striatum endocarditis in a patient with congenital lymphedema and rheumatic heart disease.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
George M Carter, Aryan Esmaeili, Hardikkumar Shah, Debbie Indyk, Matthew Johnson, Michael Andreae, Henry S Sacks
People living with human immunodeficiency virus frequently use dietary supplements, including probiotics, but concern exists about ingesting live organisms. We performed a systematic review of the benefits of probiotics and a meta-analysis of sepsis risk. We undertook a protocol-driven, comprehensive review to identify all relevant studies, assess their quality, and summarize the evidence. Of 2068 references, 27 were analyzed. The data suggest possible benefits for CD4 count, recurrence or management of bacterial vaginosis, and diarrhea management...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Lijun Fang, Huaijun Tu, Wei Guo, Shixuan Wang, Ting Xue, Fei Yang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Yazhi Yang, Qian Wan, Zhexin Shi, Xulong Zhan, Jian Li
The TSC1/2 heterodimer, a key upstream regulator of the mTOR, can inhibit the activation of mTOR, which plays a critical role in immune responses after bacterial infections. Monocytes are an innate immune cell type that have been shown to be involved in bacteremia. However, how the mTOR pathway is involved in the regulation of monocytes is largely unknown. In our study, TSC1 KO mice and WT mice were infected with E. coli. When compared to WT mice, we found higher mortality, greater numbers of bacteria, decreased expression of coactivators in monocytes, increased numbers of Tregs, and decreased numbers of effector T cells in TSC1 KO mice...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
A Egli, H Schmid, E Kuenzli, A Widmer, M Battegay, H Plagge, R Frei, Rita Achermann, M Weisser
OBJECTIVE: In this study we aimed to analyse the association between use of daptomycin and MICs of daptomycin in E. faecium bacteremia. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients aged ≥18 years with E. faecium bacteremia hospitalized at the University Hospital Basel from 2008-2014. We determined daptomycin minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) by Etests and used pulsed field gel electrophoresis to determine clonal relatedness. We recorded the defined daily dosages of daptomycin (DDDs) per 100 patient days (PDs) and clinical data from charts...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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