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Among 56 blood isolates of Vibrio species identified by sequencing analysis of 16S rRNA and rpoB genes, the Bruker Biotyper matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) system correctly identified all isolates of Vibrio vulnificus (n = 20), V. parahaemolyticus (n = 2), and V. fluvialis (n = 1) but none of the(More)
An increasing number of clinical isolations of rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM) at the National Taiwan University Hospital were noted from 1992 to 2001. Broth microdilution MICs of 15 antimicrobial agents were determined for 200 clinical isolates of RGM, including the Mycobacterium fortuitum group (69 isolates), M. chelonae (39 isolates), and M. abscessus(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a well-recognized nosocomial infection of increasing incidence. Recent reports have also revealed an increment of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections in people without any risk factors. We reviewed the medical charts of 464 children with S. aureus infections presenting between January(More)
This study clinically and molecularly characterizes an adenovirus epidemic that broke out in Taiwan in April 2004. Clinical data on 325 children diagnosed with acute illness were collected between April 2004 and April 2005, and a diagnosis of adenovirus was confirmed by viral isolation. Polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism(More)
OBJECTIVES Hepatitis during anti-tuberculous treatment (HATT) has been an obstacle in managing patients with tuberculosis (TB). We evaluate the risk factors of HATT and the clinical implications of serum viral loads in those with concomitant hepatitis B or C viruses (HBV/HCV) infection. METHODS We did a prospective study on patients with pulmonary(More)
BACKGROUND In the antibiotic era, tuberculosis (TB) still causes a substantial number of mortalities. We aimed to identify the causes and risks of death among TB patients. METHODS Medical records of mortality cases of culture-proven TB diagnosed during 2003-2007 were reviewed. All TB deaths were classified into 2 groups (TB-related and non-TB-related),(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important pathogen in children less than 2 years old. However, there is limited epidemiological data about RSV infection in Taiwan. This study aimed to investigate the clinical, epidemiological, virological, and economical aspects of RSV infections in Taiwan. METHODS We collected data of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteremia is an important cause of mortality among immunocompromised children. However, there has been little information concerning S. maltophilia bacteremia in the pediatric population. METHODS We reviewed the drug susceptibility of bloodstream isolates of S. maltophilia and medical charts of S.(More)
BACKGROUND Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common pathogen of respiratory tract infection in children, and its correct and rapid diagnosis is a clinical challenge. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been used frequently for the detection of this pathogen. MATERIALS AND METHODS Medical records from all children with a clinical diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of clarithromycin and erythromycin in the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia in children. METHODS Children with community-acquired pneumonia were randomly assigned to receive 10-day regimens of either clarithromycin 15 mg/kg/day, twice a day, or erythromycin 30-50(More)