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We report the first case of rhinoscleroma in an Israeli citizen, a former sailor with a transatlantic shipping company. Characteristic histologic changes from a tracheal biopsy and isolation of Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis from a blood culture after diagnostic bronchoscopy confirmed the diagnosis. Extreme delay in the diagnosis, a not uncommon feature in(More)
Simple sequence repeats, due to their high variability, are widely used for molecular epidemiology of pathogenic micro-organisms. However, their usefulness is restricted by their high instability and low information content. Here, a locus, CKTNR, in the fungal pathogen Candida krusei is described which displays considerable sequence, as well as length,(More)
OBJECTIVES To characterize the clinical significance of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) bacteremia. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING A 900-bed hospital in Haifa, Israel, from November 1996 to March 1997. RESULTS Of 137 episodes of positive blood cultures for CNS, 41 (30%) were considered as true infection. Twenty-seven of 119 episodes(More)
Kingella kingae is a fastidious gram-negative rod first described in the early 1960s, known to colonize the upper respiratory tract. It is involved in human infections, including bone and joint diseases (1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12), bacteremia (8), septicemia (4), and endocarditis (5), mostly in infants and children (2, 10, 12, 13). Direct isolation of K. kingae(More)
Exfoliative skin diseases are rare in neonates. When caused by coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureus, scalded-skin diseases such as staphylococcal scalded-skin syndrome (SSSS), bullous impetigo, and staphylococcal scarlet fever may develop. These diseases might cause significant complications and mortality. SSSS is caused by staphylococcal exfoliative(More)
A 7-year-old boy suffering from aortic regurgitation and mitral stenosis and regurgitation was admitted with endocarditis caused by Rhodotorula pilimanae and was treated successfully with orally administered antifungal agent, namely 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC). A dose of 100 mg per kg body weight, divided into four equal parts, was prescribed. After a prolonged(More)
During the period of January to July 1980, a marked increase in the number of Pseudomonas cepacia isolates was observed in a microbiologic surveillance program. Although P. cepacia was isolated from wound specimens and vaginal cultures, the majority of isolates were of urinary origin from catheterized patients. Retrospective chart analysis of the patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe an outbreak of Candida tropicalis fungemia in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), to evaluate the risk factors associated with this infection and the possible mode of nosocomial transmission. DESIGN Descriptive and case-control study. PATIENTS AND METHODS Surveillance cultures were taken from hospitalized patients, personnel,(More)
We performed a prospective study of consecutive pneumococcal infections documented during a six-month period in our clinical microbiology laboratory. A total of 59 cultures obtained from clinically significant specimens of 58 patients were positive for Streptococcus pneumoniae. Relative penicillin resistance occurred in 14 strains (24%) and only one (1.7%)(More)
A major outbreak of waterborne typhoid fever involving 77 verified cases occurred in 1985 in a large suburban area of Haifa, Israel. The authors summarize the clinical, microbiologic, and therapeutic aspects of these patients. Fever, usually higher than 39 degrees C, was the hallmark of the disease. Other manifestations of typhoid, although relatively(More)