Edou R. Heddema

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Human-associated microsporidia were frequently observed in fecal samples of 331 feral pigeons in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, obtained during high- and low-breeding periods. Thirty-six of 331 samples (11%) contained the human pathogens Enterocytozoon bieneusi (n = 18), Encephalitozoon hellem (n = 11), Encephalitozoon cuniculi (n = 6), and Encephalitozoon(More)
Chlamydophila (formerly Chlamydia) psittaci genotypes A, B, C, and a new genotype most similar to the 6BC type strain were found in 10 humans with psittacosis by outer membrane protein A gene sequencing. Genotypes B (n = 3) and C (n = 1) are endemic in nonpsittacine European birds. These birds may represent an important part of the zoonotic reservoir.
In many cities, the feral rock dove is an abundant bird species that can harbor Chlamydophila psittaci. We determined the prevalence and genotype of C. psittaci in fresh fecal samples from feral pigeons in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The prevalence was 7.9% overall (26/331; 95% confidence interval, 5 to 11). Ten genotyped PCR-positive samples were all(More)
Extra-nodal marginal zone B cell lymphomas (MZBCLs) of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissues (MALT) arise at sites of chronic antigenic stimulation due to organ-specific autoimmunity or infections, like Helicobacter pylori-associated chronic gastritis and Borrelia burgdorferi dermatitis. Recently, conflicting data have been published regarding a possible(More)
We evaluated the use of a trypticase soy broth (TSB) for improving detection of extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing (ESBL(+)) bacteria. Preenrichment of throat and rectal swabs in TSB prior to inoculation on solid medium doubled the number of ESBL(+) bacteria detected in samples obtained from patients in our intensive care unit.
OBJECTIVES During treatment with selective decontamination of the digestive tract (SDD), four multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains, three different Escherichia coli and one Klebsiella pneumoniae, were isolated from four patients not known as carriers of such MDR strains before their admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) in the Academic Medical Center(More)
BACKGROUND Of all hospitalised community-acquired pneumonias (CAPs) only a few are known to be caused by Chlamydia psittaci. Most likely the reported incidence, ranging from of 0% to 2.1%, is an underestimation of the real incidence, since detection of psittacosis is frequently not incorporated in the routine microbiological diagnostics in CAP or(More)
We describe a case of a total hip arthroplasty infection caused by Abiotrophia defectiva, identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Removal of the prosthesis followed by antibiotic treatment resulted in a good clinical outcome. 16S rRNA gene sequencing can be a useful tool in diagnosing infection with this fastidious microorganism that can easily be(More)
BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage is an independent risk factor for developing nosocomial infections and for developing surgical site infection (SSI) in particular. The number of post-operative nosocomial S. aureus infections can be reduced by screening patients and decolonizing nasal carriers. In addition to patients, health care workers may(More)
E R Heddema (e.heddema@orbisconcern.nl)1, E J van Hannen2, M Bongaerts1, F Dijkstra3, R J ten Hove4, B de Wever5, D Vanrompay6 1. Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Orbis Medical Centre, Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands 2. Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands 3. Centre(More)