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We have reported 7 new cases of Bipolaris infection and 2 of Exserohilum infection, which demonstrate the capability of these 2 genera to cause invasive as well as "allergic" disease. As noted previously, it is likely that all of the cases of "Helminthosporium" and Drechslera infections reported in the literature were caused by Bipolaris or Exserohilum.(More)
Reports of the association of Mycobacterium haemophilum with disease in humans have greatly increased. At least 64 cases have now been reported, with symptoms ranging from focal lesions to widespread, systemic disease. The organism is now known to cause primarily cutaneous and subcutaneous infection, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, and pneumonitis in(More)
BACKGROUND Bloodstream infection (BSI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Rapid identification of bloodstream pathogens is a laboratory practice that supports strategies for rapid transition to direct targeted therapy by providing for timely and effective patient care. In fact, the more rapidly that appropriate antimicrobials(More)
We compared the BACTEC Plus 26/27 culture system (Becton Dickinson Diagnostic Instrument Systems, Sparks, Md.) with and without fastidious organism supplement with conventional centrifugation preparation and plating for the recovery and speed of detection of microorganisms. A total of 1,101 sterile body fluid specimens were collected and processed at five(More)
Linezolid resistance has dominantly been mediated by mutations in 23S rRNA or ribosomal protein L4 genes. Recently, cfr has demonstrated the ability to produce a phenotype of resistance to not only oxazolidinones, but also other antimicrobial classes (phenicols, lincosamides, pleuromutilins, and streptogramin A). We describe the first detection of(More)
A four-center study in which a total of 1,082 recent clinical isolates of members of the family Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were examined versus 11 antimicrobial agents with the bioMérieux Vitek susceptibility test system (Hazelwood, Mo.) and the GNS-F6 card was conducted. In addition, a challenge set consisting of the same 200 organisms(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, epidemiological and clinical data have revealed important changes with regard to clinical adenovirus infection, including alterations in antigenic presentation, geographical distribution, and virulence of the virus. METHODS In an effort to better understand the epidemiology of clinical adenovirus infection in the United States, we(More)
Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii, the two recognized causes of coccidioidomycosis, may be detected by direct microscopy, culture, and serologic documentation. Two useful stains include the Grocott methenamine silver (GMS) and the calcofluor white (CFW). Other useful stains used in histopathologic studies include hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) and(More)