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Macrolide resistance in group A beta hemolytic streptococci (GABHS) have been reported with increasing frequency from various geographic regions in the world, and for the respective treatment alternatives and epidemiologic studies, macrolide resistance rates and phenotypes have been determined. In this study erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin(More)
SETTING Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey, a tertiary referral hospital in a region endemic for tuberculosis. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the performance of the Dio-TK Culture System (CS), a new, rapid, automated colorimetric culture system. DESIGN Dio-TK CS results were compared with(More)
Enteroviruses are the most common pathogens identified in infants hospitalized for suspected aseptic meningitis. Rapid detection of enterovirus infection is essential in taking the decision for treatment with antiviral agents and applying infection control measures in hospitalized pediatric patients. The purpose of this study was to compare the results of(More)
The prevalence of Cryptosporidium sp. was investigated in fecal specimens from 106 patients with neoplasia and diarrhea (74 females, 32 males) by using Ziehl-Neelsen and Giemsa stains. Oocystic forms of Cryptosporidium sp. were found in 18 (17%) of these patients. No oocystic form of Cryptosporidium sp. was detected in the control group of 60 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND In September 2002, an outbreak of toxoplasmosis was noted in a male boarding high school on the Aegean coast of Turkey. We have focused our efforts to investigate the sex hormones in this population. METHODS Blood samples were collected from 40 male patients, 17-18 years old, who also had positive titres of antibody to Toxoplasma gondii. Serum(More)
FASTPlaqueTB (Biotec Laboratories Ltd., Ipswich, UK) is a rapid test which utilizes bacteriophage amplification technology for the detection of viable Mycobacterium tuberculosis in clinical specimens. We evaluated performance of the FASTPlaqueTB test by comparing with BACTEC 460 TB culture system (Becton Dickinson Co., Maryland, USA), polymerase chain(More)
SETTING The Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology Department, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey, a tertiary referral hospital in a region endemic for tuberculosis. OBJECTIVE To evaluate rifampicin resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains using FASTPlaqueTB-RIF, a rapid and novel bacteriophage-based susceptibility technique.(More)
AIM To determine the possible routes of intrafamilial transmission pattern in pediatric cases of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. METHODS In this descriptive retrospective study, 302 children with chronic HBV infection from 251 families and their parents attending the Social Security Children's Hospital and Doctor Sami Ulus Children's Hopsital(More)