Ilse Ramboer

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We assessed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in persons on 49 swine farms in Belgium. Surveys showed that 48 (37.8%) persons carried MRSA ST398 and 1 (0.8%) had concurrent skin infection. Risk factors for carriage were MRSA carriage by pigs, regular contact with pigs and companion animals, and use of protective clothing.
Many countries in Europe have created national systems for the surveillance of healthcare associated infections (HCAI). The Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance (HELICS) has provided a standardised approach to surveillance of HCAI and formed a 'network of networks' to enable data from hospitals contributing to national(More)
We report here baseline data from the first year of compulsory surveillance of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in hospitals in Belgium. Between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008, 2,704 CDI were reported: 12% were recurrent and 66% were hospital-associated (half of which occurred 15 days or more after admission). CDI was considered the cause of death(More)
The hydroxylated derivatives of polyunsaturated fatty acids may be potent modulators of basic biological responses involved in pathological processes, including atherosclerosis. The object of the present investigation was to study the effects of monohydroxylated fatty acids (namely 12-HETE) on the properties of aortic smooth muscle cells (SMC) in culture.(More)
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