Alkiviadis C. Vatopoulos

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The emergence and global spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae is of great concern to health services worldwide. These bacteria are often resistant to all beta-lactam antibiotics and frequently co-resistant to most other antibiotics, leaving very few treatment options. The epidemiology is compounded by the diversity of carbapenem-hydrolysing(More)
We document here the in vivo transfer of bla(KPC-2) between intensive care unit-acquired and a commensal strain of K. pneumoniae in a French patient after his repatriation from Greece. This first report of an emerging KPC-producing strain in France raises further concerns about the spread of carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriaceae.
The aim of the present work was to study the epidemiology of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis (S. Enteritidis) in Greece, comparing all the food and food animal isolates during a 3-year period with clinical isolates. Submission of the generated data to the PulseNet Europe database was carried out in order to study the population structure of this(More)
One of the most considerable functions in a hospital's infection control program is the surveillance of antibiotic resistance. Several traditional methods used to measure it do not provide adequate and promising results for further analysis. Data mining techniques, such as the association rules, have been used in the past and successfully led to discovering(More)
According to 1997 susceptibility data from the National Electronic System for the Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance, Greece has high rates of ciprofloxacin resistance. For most species, the frequency of ciprofloxacin-resistant isolates (from highest to lowest, by patient setting) was as follows: intensive care unit > surgical > medical > outpatient.(More)
BACKGROUND Salmonellosis and shigellosis are mandatorily notifiable diseases in Greece. Underreporting of both diseases has been postulated but there has not been any national study to quantify it. The objective of this study was to: a) estimate underreporting of hospitalised cases at public Greek hospitals in 2011 with a capture-recapture (C-RC) study, b)(More)
Prulifloxacin, the prodrug of ulifloxacin, is a broad-spectrum fluoroquinolone rather recently introduced in certain European countries. We compared the antimicrobial potency of ulifloxacin with that of other fluoroquinolones against common urinary and respiratory bacterial pathogens. The microbial isolates were prospectively collected between January 2007(More)
Fourteen cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed in residents from England and Wales with history of travel to Corfu, Greece, in the 14 days before symptom onset. These cases were reported to the Health Protection Agency national surveillance scheme for Legionnaires’ disease in residents of England and Wales between August and October 2011. In(More)
emerged, and is now among the most common serovars isolated from humans in many countries. In Greece, monophasic Typhimurium which was recorded for the first time in human isolates in 2007 (0.3% of total isolates), increased sharply thereafter, and since 2009 is the third most frequent serovar. In the present study, 119 S. enterica 1,4,[5],12:i:-strains of(More)