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OBJECTIVES Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a frequent cause of human lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) for which macrolides are the treatment of choice. The aim of this study was to determine the rate of macrolide resistance and to subtype M. pneumoniae strains in Italy. PATIENTS AND METHODS During an outbreak of M. pneumoniae infections in southern(More)
The genetic characterization of wild-type measles strains isolated during an epidemic cluster of measles occurred in Puglia (South Italy), between November 2006 and January 2007, was performed. Measles virus (MV) detection was carried out by a nested RT-PCR on 8 of 18 total cases. The viruses were analyzed using the standard genotyping protocols. The N gene(More)
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is one of the most common causes of bacterial community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in paediatrics , and can lead to severe and long-lasting disease [1]. Macrolides are usually considered the first-choice antimic-robials for M. pneumoniae CAP in children because the alternatives (i.e. fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines) are not approved(More)
BACKGROUND Raw seafood consumption was identified as the major risk factor for hepatitis A during the large epidemic of 1996 and 1997 in Puglia (South Italy). In Puglia, vaccination for toddlers and preadolescents has been recommended since 1998.The aim of the study was to evaluate the incidence, seroprevalence, molecular epidemiology, and environmental(More)
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