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OBJECTIVE To analyse 15 cases of invasive fungal infection and mortality parameters in the largest series in the last 35 yrs of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at a single medical centre. METHODS Fifteen patients with SLE and invasive fungal infections were retrospectively enrolled. Clinical and laboratory data, fungal species and(More)
A total of 1,001 consecutive episodes of nosocomial pneumonia in 901 patients was identified by routine surveillance at the University of Virginia Medical Center between 1979 and 1983 (8.6 episodes/1,000 admissions). When only initial episodes were examined, 890 patients comprised the study sample. The overall case fatality rate was 30%. Stepwise logistic(More)
A total of 234 clinical isolates of Aeromonas, primarily A. hydrophila, were collected for the present study. Most were isolates from blood. By the agar dilution method, more than 90% of the Aeromonas strains were found to be susceptible to moxalactam, ceftazidime, cefepime, aztreonam, imipenem, amikacin, and fluoroquinolones, but they were more resistant(More)
Between August 1996 and July 1997, 550 clinically significant Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates were collected from 14 geographically separate laboratories in Taiwan. These isolates were serotyped and MICs were determined by agar dilution. Among serotypes covered by the 23-valent vaccine, types 19F, 19A, 23F, 23A and 6B dominated, comprising 255 isolates;(More)
A susceptibility surveillance study of 1,274 bacterial isolates recovered from various clinical specimens from patients in intensive care units (ICUs) of five major teaching hospitals was carried out from March, 2000, to June, 2000, in Taiwan. This study demonstrated a high rate (66%) of oxacillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA), a high rate of(More)
Nine isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae, obtained from one colonized and eight bacteraemic patients on a paediatric ward, were shown to be identical by PFGE, indicating an outbreak. Screening for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production using the double-disc synergy test, Etest for ESBLs and agar diffusion tests indicated ESBL production. The(More)
During a 5-month period, 17 infants hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units of a medical center and a branch hospital developed 18 episodes of Candida parapsilosis fungemia. The mean age at onset was 35 days. Prior to fungemia, all the infants had received hyperalimentation and antibiotics, and 15 infants had had central venous catheters. The(More)
The incidence and antimicrobial resistance among clinical isolates of salmonella at a university hospital in Taiwan between 1983 and 1999 are summarized in this report. A total of 7986 isolates were analysed. Serogroup B has been the most prevalent over the years, with an apparently continuous decline after 1995. Concordant decrease was also found among S.(More)