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Sixteen environmental samples, from the United States, Germany and Norway, with histories of previous exposure to either creosote, diesel fuel or coal tar materials, were screened for bacteria which could degrade high molecular weight (HMW) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A modified version of the spray plate technique was used for the isolations.(More)
From April 15 through June 15, 1999, a total of 660 yeast isolates were collected from 22 hospitals in Taiwan to investigate factors determining the accuracy of yeast identification. The germ tube test was the method most frequently used by hospitals for yeast identification, followed by the API-32C, cornmeal agar window test, and assimilation method. All(More)
Susceptibilities to amphotericin B and fluconazole of 628 clinical yeast strains collected from 22 hospitals in Taiwan were determined. A total of 53 isolates (8.4%) were resistant to fluconazole. Each hospital had different resistance rate to fluconazole ranging from 0% to 24%. None of the 186 isolates from eight of the 22 hospitals was resistant to(More)
To understand the Candida colonization of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected outpatients in Taiwan, we have conducted a prospective cohort study of Candida colonization and its risk factors at the National Taiwan University Hospital from 1999 to 2002. More than 50% of the patients were colonized with Candida species, and 12% developed symptomatic(More)
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