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An increase in the incidence and severity of bacteremia caused by group A streptococci was noted in 1993 and 1994 in the Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem. During the 6-year period 1987 to 1992, 12 children with group A streptococcal bacteremia were hospitalized, whereas in 1993 and 1994 there were 17 patients, 5 of them with 1 each of the(More)
BACKGROUND Telavancin is a lipoglycopeptide bactericidal against gram-positive pathogens. METHODS Two methodologically identical, double-blind studies (0015 and 0019) were conducted involving patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) due to gram-positive pathogens, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Patients were(More)
CONTEXT Widespread pneumococcal conjugate vaccination may bring about epidemiologic changes in upper respiratory tract flora of children. Of particular significance may be an interaction between Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus, in view of the recent emergence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant S aureus. OBJECTIVE To examine the(More)
Listeria monocytogenes, an uncommon foodborne pathogen, is increasingly recognized as a cause of life-threatening disease. A marked increase in reported cases of listeriosis during 1998 motivated a retrospective nationwide survey of the infection in Israel. From 1995 to 1999, 161 cases were identified; 70 (43%) were perinatal infections, with a fetal(More)
We report 3 cases of Brucella melitensis infection of prosthetic hips and knees, and we summarize data about 4 cases reported in the literature. Six of the 7 affected patients were men. The median duration from prosthesis implantation to the onset of symptoms was 38.7 months. Five patients had only local symptoms. Preoperative joint aspirates yielded(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a frequent source of infections affecting premature and critically ill infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Neonates are particularly vulnerable to colonization and infection with MRSA, and many studies have attempted to identify risk factors that predispose certain infants to its(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae bloodstream infections on mortality. During the study period 42, 68 and 120 patients were identified with carbapenem-resistant, extended-spectrum β-lactamase producers (ESBL) and susceptible K. pneumoniae bloodstream infections, respectively. Patients with(More)
Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi A is a human-specific serovar that, together with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi and Salmonella enterica serovar Sendai, causes enteric fever. Unlike the nontyphoidal Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, the genomes of S. Typhi and S. Paratyphi A are characterized by inactivation of multiple genes, including in(More)
Carbapenem resistance among Enterobacteriaceae is an emerging problem worldwide. Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (bla(KPC)) enzymes are among the most common beta-lactamases described. In this study, we report the development and validation of a real-time PCR (q-PCR) assay for the detection of bla(KPC) genes using TaqMan chemistry. The q-PCR(More)
This 2-year cross-sectional evaluation of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections involved all Israeli medical centers that treat cystic fibrosis patients. The study comprised 186 patients whose sputum was analyzed for NTM. The prevalence of NTM isolates was 22.6%, and 6.5% and 10.8% of the patients fulfilled the 1997 and 2007 American Thoracic(More)