Jaime A. Labarca

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While evaluating quinolone resistance in a sample of Campylobacter isolates recovered from patients with campylobacteriosis in Los Angeles County, California, in 1998, we discovered that the second most frequently isolated species was Campylobacter upsaliensis (6 [4%] of 155 isolates). The ability of laboratories to recover this species may be dependent on(More)
From March 1997 through November 1997, 8 allogenic bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients developed Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteremia on the hematology service at UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Five of these patients had undergone transplantation during the same hospitalization that S. maltophilia bacteremia was detected (case patients). Compared(More)
We report here the first identification of the worldwide spread of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-2-producing and carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae clone ST258 in Turkey, a country where the distantly-related carbapenemase OXA-48 is known to be endemic. Worryingly, this isolate was also resistant to colistin, now considered to be the last-resort(More)
(H1N1) became resistant to both os-eltamivir and amantadine in a short span of 1 month. Oseltamivir-resistant A/Brisbane/59/2007-like clade 2B virus that had reassorted with A/Hong Kong/2652/2006-like clade 2C virus had apparently spread in the community and to other regions of the world. The possibility of reassortment with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus is a(More)
In Latin America, adult influenza is a serious disease that exacts a heavy burden in terms of morbidity, mortality, and cost. Although much has been written about the disease itself, relatively little information has been compiled on what could be done to reduce its impact across the region, particularly from the perspective of clinicians with first-hand(More)
Daptomicina: características farmacológicas y aporte en el tratamiento de infecciones por cocáceas gram positivas Daptomycin: pharmacological characteristics and its role in the treatment of gram positive infections Daptomycin recently made available in Chile, belongs to a new family of antimicrobials known as lypopepti-des. Daptomycin has a unique(More)
Appropriate antibiotic treatment reduces the duration of symptoms associated to pneumonia, the risk of complications and mortality. In most cases, it is not possible to identify the etiologic agent so antibiotic treatment is empirically prescribed. In Chile, one third of Streptococcus pneumoniae strain isolates has diminished susceptibility to penicillin;(More)
Letters Letters Letters Letters Letters the basis of the following characteristics: catalase negativity, α-hemolytic gram-positive cocci forming pairs and tetrads (not chains) in broth culture; growth in the presence of 40% bile and 6.5% NaCl and ability to hydrolyze esculin; pyrrolidony l-aminopeptidase positivity, leucine-aminopeptidase negativity; and(More)
Influenza exacts a heavy burden on the elderly, a segment of the population that is estimated to experience rapid growth in the near future. In the past decade most developed and several developing countries have recommended influenza vaccination for those > 65 years of age. The World Health Organization (WHO) set a goal of 75% influenza vaccination(More)
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