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OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were (i) to investigate the genetic background of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream isolates from Croatia and (ii) to monitor the prevalence of Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL) and toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) among these isolates. METHODS Eighty-two hospital-acquired MRSA(More)
Since the first carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strain was isolated in 2008, Enterobacteriaceae with reduced susceptibility to one or more carbapenems have emerged sporadically in different geographical regions in Croatia. These observations gave rise to a multicenter study on carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae from Croatia. Fifty-seven(More)
By this study we wanted to investigate the seroprevalence of H. pylori infection in 175 health care workers of three Zagreb city hospitals. The obtained results were compared with those of 2492 volunteer blood donors. The influence of age, education, socioeconomic status and length of service at specific hospital working places were investigated in relation(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of fungal infections detected on autopsy in a group of 40 patients with hematologic malignancies treated with intensive chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation, and to evaluate the risk factors for fungal infections. A control group included 38 patients with nonhematologic diseases and without(More)
BACKGROUND The study compares the eradication success of standard first-line triple therapies of different durations (7, 10, and 14 days). MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 592 naive Helicobacter pylori-positive patients were randomized to receive pantoprazole, amoxicillin, and clarithromycin or metronidazole for 14 days (PACl14 or PAM14), 10 days (PACl10(More)
In February 2011, a 78-year-old male patient was admitted to Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb with subdural haematoma. Klebsiella pneumoniae with reduced susceptibility to carbapenems was isolated. PCR revealed the presence of bla(KPC), bla(TEM), and bla(SHV) genes. Sequencing of bla(KPC) gene identified K. pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-2 beta-lactamase.(More)
BACKGROUND Residents of nursing homes (NHs) are often hospitalized and could present a potential reservoir for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence for MRSA carriage in residents and staff in Croatian NHs and to characterize MRSA strains using genotyping techniques. METHODS A(More)
One hundred sixty-nine nonreplicate imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains isolated in a large hospital on the coastal region of Croatia were studied. The most active antibiotics were colistin and amikacin. Most of the isolates were multiresistant. The most prevalent serotype was O12, followed by O11. Six strains carried the bla(VIM-2) gene(More)