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Among 563 strains of Haemophilus influenzae from young children in Hong Kong, 5 (0.9%) had decreased susceptibility to quinolones. The five strains had a Ser-84-Lys or Asp-88-Asn substitution in GyrA. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis showed that the isolates are genetically diverse.
Out of 3,081 animals studied, 24.9% of pigs, 4.7% of chickens, 6.3% of dogs, 10.5% of cats, and 7.1% of rodents were Staphylococcus aureus positive. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was high in pigs (animals, 21.3%; batches, 46.5%), with all MRSA isolates and most methicillin-sensitive S. aureus isolates belonging to clonal complex 9… (More)
We assessed the risk factors and molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) in Hong Kong. The patients were treated in five hospitals in a healthcare region during 2005-2006. We performed genomic identification by amplified rRNA gene restriction analysis (ARDRA) and investigated the existence of metallo-beta-lactamases… (More)
OBJECTIVES A study was conducted to evaluate the occurrence and characterization of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) among blood isolates of Proteus mirabilis collected over a 4 year period in Hong Kong. METHODS Production of ESBLs among 99 consecutive and non-duplicate isolates was evaluated by the double-disc synergy test. The ESBLs were… (More)
The HLA antigen distribution and thyroid autoantibody status of 27 Chinese children in Hong Kong with juvenile onset myasthenia gravis have been compared with 110 healthy university students from the same population. Twenty-four of the patients had ocular myasthenia. There was a significantly increased prevalence of HLA BW46 in the patients compared with… (More)
The global epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii is dominated by a limited number of clones. Here, we announce the draft genome sequences of two multidrug-resistant A. baumannii strains, 1H8 and 4A3, representing the major epidemic clones, sequence type 92 (ST92) and ST96, respectively.
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence, risk factors, and molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization at the time of admission to acute medical units and to develop a cost-effective screening strategy. METHODS Nasal and groin screening cultures were performed for patients at admission to 15 acute medical units… (More)