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OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of bloodstream infections occurring among outpatients having recent contact with the health care system compared to hospital and community-acquired infections. METHODS Prospective observational cohort study of adult patients with bloodstream infections at three teaching hospitals.(More)
Eight dogs, having showed positivity to Rickettsia conorii in serum samples obtained during the spring and summer, were studied again by means of a second determination during the next winter, 4–10 months later. Serum titer became negative in six dogs, persisted high in one, and fell from 1:640 to 1:40 in another dog. This seasonal difference suggests a(More)
A prospective population-based study was carried out to determine predictive factors associated with penicillin-resistant pneumococcal invasive disease. A total of 374 patients (250 males and 124 females; mean age, 50.3 +/- 27 years) with invasive pneumococcal infection were admitted to one of the five hospitals in El Vallés County (an industrial area with(More)
A prospective study was made of all patients with normal CSF counts and positive cultures for Neisseria meningitidis diagnosed in "El Vallés" County, Barcelona between January 1987 and December 1990. Meningococcal meningitis was documented in 82 patients, eight of whom (seven children, five boys and two girls with a mean age of 5.6 +/- 3.3 years, and a(More)
The lung is an infrequent location of extragenital endometriosis, an exceptional cause of hemoptysis or pneumothorax. Adequate management has not yet been well established. We present two cases of pulmonary endometriosis, parenchymal and pleural. The presenting symptoms were catamenial hemoptysis and pneumothorax, respectively, which were treated with GnRH(More)
An unusually prolonged outbreak of typhoid fever, from 1988 to 1994, in Terrassa (Barcelona, Spain), was caused by a casual food handler who was a carrier. The pattern of this outbreak suggested intermittent low-level exposure to Salmonella typhi. We found 70 patients with S. typhi infections, 52 of whom were available for study. Medical records were(More)
The VINCat Program is a standardized surveillance program of healthcare infections in Catalonia, Spain. This program includes monitoring of surgical site infections (SSI) of elective colorectal surgery. The aim of this study was to define SSI rates in colorectal surgery among VINCat hospitals over a period of 4 years. We included consecutive elective(More)
We undertook a randomized clinical trial comparing therapeutic efficacy of the 1-day doxycycline regimen with the 5-day josamycin regimen for Mediterranean spotted fever. All 59 patients recovered uneventfully, and results did not significantly differ between the two schedules. One-day doxycycline therapy is an effective, easy, and inexpensive treatment.(More)