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BACKGROUND The risk of occupational acquisition of bloodborne pathogens via exposure to blood and body fluids is a serious problem for health care workers in Turkey. Because there are no systematic recording programs in Turkey, national data concerning frequency of exposures are not readily available. OBJECTIVE To determine the risk factors of exposure to(More)
Brucellosis is a systemic infectious disease, which constitutes a public health problem in Turkey. Brucellosis has a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations. Osteoarthicular manifestations are often seen in brucellosis but most of the brucellar monoarthritis cases are reactive rather than being septic. We report a case of brucellar (septic) monoarthritis(More)
AIM The limitations and opportunities of revised definition of fevers of unknown origin (FUO) in comparison to conventional definition were investigated, and prehospital characteristics of the patients were detailed. METHOD The patients were grouped according to both revised and classic definitions of FUO. RESULTS Fifty-nine of the 80 patients (74%) met(More)
Patients taking quinolones as inpatients (n = 55) or outpatients (n = 40) and newly hospitalized patients who were not on quinolone therapy (n = 41) were assessed for fecal carriage of quinolone-resistant Escherichia coli (QREC) strains before and after therapy/hospitalization. Fluoroquinolone use in the previous 6 months was found to be a risk factor for(More)
PURPOSE Antimicrobial resistance among microorganisms is a global concern. In 2003, a nationwide antibiotic restriction program (NARP) was released in Turkey. In this study we evaluated the effect of NARP on antibiotic consumption, antimicrobial resistance, and cost. MATERIALS AND METHODS The data obtained from all of the four university hospitals, and(More)
Invasive fungal infections are life-threatening complications in solid-organ transplantation. Although the rate of fungal infections in transplant recipients is lower than that of other infections, the mortality rate is higher. The most frequent fungi isolated from these kinds of infections are Candida spp. and Aspergillus spp. We retrospectively evaluated(More)
The Turkish Ministry of Health has released a regulation in February 2003 in order to decrease, first the antibiotic expenses and second, inappropriate use of antimicrobial agents. The aim of this study is to assess the impact of this nationwide antibiotic restriction (NAR) in the most active stem cell transplantation unit (SCTU) in Turkey. All patients(More)
A complicated case of brucellosis with some rare features is reported. Brucellosis is a multisystemic disease. However, disseminated brucellosis with cerebral, pulmonary, hematopoietic and splenic involvement in an otherwise healthy patient is a rare event. In this article, we report a case of disseminated brucellosis who was initially diagnosed as(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with neutropenia due to cancer chemotherapy are prone to severe infections. Cancer patients canexperience >1 infectious episode during the same period of neutropenia. This study aimed to determine the etiologicaland clinical characteristics of secondary infectious episodes in cancer patients with febrile neutropenia and to identifythe(More)