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Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and coagulase gene restriction profile (CRP) analysis techniques were used to analyze 71 Staphylococcus aureus isolates recovered from nine food-borne disease outbreaks. Twenty-two PFGE profiles and 11 CRPs were identified, with discrimination indices of 0.86 and 0.72, respectively. In addition, the variable regions(More)
Endothelial dysfunction triggers early pathological changes in vessel walls, potentially leading to the formation of cerebral aneurysm (CA). Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are critical in repairing damaged endothelium and could prevent or slow CA formation. We hypothesize that erythropoietin (EPO) stimulates EPCs mobilization, could alter the rate of(More)
An outbreak of shigellosis occurred in a township of Nantou Conuty in central Taiwan from August to October in 1996. The infections extended to two neighboring townships and continued to the end of 1996. Forty cases were confirmed during the period, in contrast to only one confirmed case in Nantou County in 1996 before the outbreak. All of these 41 cases in(More)
On 6 May 2000, a staphylococcal food poisoning outbreak occurred at a high school, affecting 10 of the 356 students who attended the breakfast. Twenty-seven Staphylococcus aureus isolates, producing enterotoxin A (SEA), SEB-, or non-SEA-E, were recovered from 7 patients, 2 food handlers and left-overs. To investigate the outbreak, we genotyped the isolates(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the diagnostic value of different patient positions during expiratory low-dose thin-layer multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) for detecting air trapping after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). PATIENTS AND METHODS Expiratory lung MDCT scanning was done for 51 post-allo-HSCT patients in both the(More)
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