Peter A. Wright

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The photodynamic antibacterial properties of a closely related series of phenothiazinium dyes were tested against several pathogenic strains of Staphylococcus aureus, four of which were methicillin-resistant. Illumination of the photosensitisers at a fluence rate of 1.75 mW cm-2 generally resulted in the enhancement of antibacterial activity in liquid(More)
In May 1994 an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea occurred in a 28-bed long-stay ward for the mentally infirm. The predominant symptoms were vomiting, diarrhoea, malaise and abdominal pain lasting for approximately 12 h in most cases. The attack rate was 62% (13/21) for patients and 46% (16/35) for staff members. Infection control measures were implemented(More)
A protracted outbreak of Norwalk-like virus (NLV)-associated gastroenteritis occurred in a large hotel in North-West England between January and May 1996. We investigated the pattern of environmental contamination with NLV in the hotel during and after the outbreak. In the ninth week, 144 environmental swabs taken from around the hotel were tested for NLV(More)
Sequential blood samples taken from a pregnant woman with haemolytic uraemic syndrome caused by verocytotoxin (VT)-producing Escherichia coli O157 were used to examine the kinetics of serum antibody production to E. coli O157 lipopolysaccharide (LPS), intimin and the conserved region of the translocated intimin receptor (Tir-M). Umbilical cord blood and two(More)
The microbial flora associated with carcinoma of the oesophagus was studied in 12 patients. Oesophageal mucosa was biopsied at thoracotomy and cultured under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. A heavy mixed growth of aerobic and anaerobic organisms was obtained in all patients. One-third of isolates were anaerobic. The flora was of oral origin. The most(More)
The current use of prophylactic antibiotics in gastrointestinal surgery in Scotland was established by postal questionnaire. Twenty-one per cent of surgeons used prophylactic antibiotics during cholecystectomy, 49% during appendicectomy, and 95% for elective colorectal surgery. Two-thirds of those surgeons who did not provide routine antibiotic cover(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to identify and subtype a large collection of isolates of Campylobacter spp. to quantify diversity among strains causing human disease from geographically diverse sources in the United Kingdom. METHODS AND RESULTS Isolates were characterized by the Penner serotyping scheme, Preston phage typing and biotyping methods. The(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of anti-Helicobacter pylori specific IgG antibodies in specimens of oral fluid. Antral biopsy specimens, serum and oral fluid samples were collected from 81 patients attending for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The presence or absence of current H. pylori(More)