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Nutritionally Variant Streptococcal Infections at a University Hospital in Taiwan: Disease Emergence and High Prevalence of β-Lactam and Macrolide Resistance

Chung-Hsin Liao, Lee-Jene Teng, Po-Ren Hsueh, Yu-Chi Chen, Li-Min Huang, Shan-Chwen Chang and Shen-Wu Ho

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 3, pages 452-455
Published in print February 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/381098
Nutritionally Variant Streptococcal Infections at a University Hospital in Taiwan: Disease Emergence and High Prevalence of β-Lactam and Macrolide Resistance

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From January 1993 to December 2002, 28 patients with nutritionally variant streptococci (NVS) infections were treated at a university hospital in Taiwan. Twelve (43%) of these patients had various underlying malignancies, and 7 (25%) had underlying valvular heart diseases. Nine patients (32%) had infective endocarditis, and 9 (32%) had primary bacteremia. The deaths of 7 patients (25%) were directly related to NVS infection. Among the 28 isolates recovered from these patients, 50% were not susceptible to penicillin, 33% were not susceptible to cefotaxime, and 93% were not susceptible to azithromycin.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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