Farid M Hussain

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Until recently, it has been unclear whether community-acquired (CA) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates represent the spread of hospital MRSA isolates into the community. In 2 CA-MRSA isolates, a novel genetic element, designated staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) type IV, was found; it differs from SCCmec types I-III in(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections increased at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital (UCCH) from 10 per 100,000 admissions from 1988 to 1990 to 259 per 100,000 admissions from 1993 to 1995. Because this increase may have represented a one time occurrence or a limited disease(More)
BACKGROUND Enteroviruses are the most common cause of meningitis in the United States, with an estimated 50000-75000 cases each year. Enteroviral meningitis (EVM) is frequently a diagnosis of exclusion, as viral cultures lack sensitivity and require prolonged incubation periods. OBJECTIVE To develop a sensitive and rapid test for the diagnosis of EVM. (More)
Some Staphylococcus aureus isolates have glycopeptide minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) in the susceptible range but have subpopulations that grow on >or=4 microg/mL vancomycin. Clinical laboratory methods for determining susceptibility have proven to be inadequate for detecting these strains. Among methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and(More)
BACKGROUND We previously showed that children attending an inner city pediatric emergency department were sometimes asymptomatically colonized with clindamycin-susceptible community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and borderline methicillin-resistant S. aureus (BRSA) as well. We wished to ascertain whether healthy children(More)
INTRODUCTION Cross-border firing are increasingly being common in the modern era. The injuries resulting from these low intensity conflicts are a source of anxiety among treating physicians and their respective governments. The provisions are required to minimise the suffering of the victims viz. Mode of injuries, mortality patterns, adequacy of treatment(More)
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