Jennifer M B Robson

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OBJECTIVE To define the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of human brucellosis, which is being detected in increasing numbers of patients in Queensland. DESIGN AND SETTING Thirty-four cases of brucellosis diagnosed according to standard clinical and microbiological criteria were studied either retrospectively or prospectively over a two-year(More)
A study of 59 isolates of Bartonella henselae reveals relatively limited diversity among those of human origin (n = 28). Either of two distinct alleles of both gltA and 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA) was found in all isolates, with a high level of congruity between 16S and gltA inheritance among proven human pathogens. Human isolates from all over Eastern(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the epidemiology, risk factors for acquisition, clinical features and outcomes of Listeria monocytogenes infection in Sydney. DESIGN A retrospective study over the period 1983-1992 at four university teaching hospitals in Sydney. Cases were identified from microbiology laboratory records of the isolation of L. monocytogenes from(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to determine the activity of fidaxomicin and comparator antimicrobials against Clostridium difficile isolated from patients with C. difficile infection (CDI) in Australian hospitals and in the community. METHODS One private and one public laboratory from five states in Australia submitted a total of 474(More)
We describe the isolation of Photorhabdus (Xenorhabdus) luminescens from four Australian patients: two with multiple skin lesions, one with bacteremia only, and one with disseminated infection. One of the patients had multiple skin lesions following the bite of a spider, while the lesions in the other patient were possibly associated with a spider bite. The(More)
An obligately anaerobic, fastidious, slowly growing, spiral, gram-negative bacterium was isolated from the blood of a 75-year-old man with acute onset of pyrexia. The patient responded rapidly to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Extensive investigation failed to detect a focus for the infection. Phenotypically, the organism was consistent with Desulfovibrio(More)
Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of health care-associated and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. These guidelines are intended to provide advice to clinicians on the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of C. difficile infection (CDI). Hypervirulent strains of C. difficile, including PCR ribotype 027 strains recently identified in(More)
Objectives Knowledge of contemporary epidemiology of candidaemia is essential. We aimed to identify changes since 2004 in incidence, species epidemiology and antifungal susceptibilities of Candida spp. causing candidaemia in Australia. Methods These data were collected from nationwide active laboratory-based surveillance for candidaemia over 1 year(More)
Australia has 4 rickettsial diseases: murine typhus, Queensland tick typhus, Flinders Island spotted fever, and scrub typhus. We describe 7 cases of a rickettsiosis with an acute onset and symptoms of fever (100%), headache (71%), arthralgia (43%), myalgia (43%), cough (43%), maculopapular/petechial rash (43%), nausea (29%), pharyngitis (29%),(More)