Felisa Almaraz

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OBJECTIVES To compare the capability of biofilm development between Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from cystic fibrosis (CF) respiratory samples and those from non-CF blood cultures. Antibiotic susceptibility of biofilm-forming isolates, as well as differences between antibiotic susceptibility of sessile cells [minimum biofilm inhibitory concentration(More)
The in vitro activities of telithromycin and cethromycin (ABT-773) against 412 Streptococcus pyogenes isolates, consecutively collected in 17 Spanish hospitals from different geographical areas, were evaluated and compared with those of erythromycin A, penicillin G, clindamycin and quinupristin-dalfopristin. With a susceptibility testing breakpoint of < or(More)
Despite limitations of swab transport systems (STS), many clinical samples and bacterial isolates are sent on these devices. We evaluated the performance of 4 commercial STS: M40 Transystem (S1, Copan Italia, Bovezzo, Italy), UNI-TER (S2, MEUS, Piove di Sacco, Italy), Euromed (S3, LAB SERVICE, Surbo, Italy), and Eurotubo (S4, Deltalab, Rubí, Spain).(More)
The susceptibilities to telithromycin of 203 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates prospectively collected during 1999 and 2000 from 14 different geographical areas in Spain were tested and compared with those to erythromycin A, clindamycin, quinupristin-dalfopristin, penicillin G, cefotaxime, and levofloxacin. Telithromycin was active against 98.9% of isolates(More)
INTRODUCTION To evaluate the in vitro activity of the new des-fluoro quinolone, garenoxacin (BMS-284756), compared to activities of ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and gatifloxacin in clinical isolates recovered over 1999 and 2000 within the SENTRY antimicrobial surveillance program. METHODS Quinolone-MICs were performed using the standard NCCLS(More)
The activity of garenoxacin was assessed against 412 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates (49.3% from the adult population). Overall penicillin, erythromycin, and ciprofloxacin (MIC, >/=4 micro g/ml) resistance was 51.7, 35.4, and 1.5%, respectively. For all isolates, the garenoxacin MIC was </=1 micro g/ml. Amino acid replacements in GryA (Ser81-->Phe or(More)
The in vitro activity of ertapenem (MK-0826), a new carbapenem, was studied against 389 aerobic microorganisms (187 Enterobacteriaceae, 15 Aeromonas spp., 42 Staphylococcus spp., 43 Streptococcus spp., 15 Enterococcus spp., 30 Haemophilus spp., 15 Moraxella catarrhalis, 12 Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 15 Pseudomonas aeruginosa and 15 Acinetobacter spp.) and 54(More)
The activity of moxifloxacin, a novel 8-methoxyquinolone, was evaluated against 1,218 respiratory pathogens isolated in nine Spanish hospitals and was compared with ciprofloxacin, sparfloxacin, amoxicillin, amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, cefuroxime, erythromycin and clarithromycin. Moxifloxacin exhibited an excellent in vitro activity against most tested(More)
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