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J Antimicrob Chemother. 1999 Dec;44(6):819-22.

Tentative minimum inhibitory concentration and zone diameter breakpoints for moxifloxacin using BSAC criteria.

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Department of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, City Hospital NHS Trust, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK.


Tentative MIC and zone diameter breakpoints were determined for moxifloxacin using BSAC criteria. An MIC breakpoint of < or =1 mg/L, denoting sensitivity, is suggested for Enterobacteriaceae, staphylococci, haemophili, moraxellae, pneumococci and enterococci. For pseudomonads high and low breakpoints of 4 mg/L and 1 mg/L are suggested to allow for an intermediate category of sensitivity. A 1 microg moxifloxacin disc content is suggested for testing all of the organisms previously mentioned, except pseudomonads, for which a 5 microg disc is needed to discriminate between the intermediate and sensitive populations. Corresponding zone diameter breakpoints for a 1 microg disc are > or = 20 mm for Enterobacteriaceae and staphylococci, 18 mm for the respiratory pathogens (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis) and 15 mm for enterococci. For Pseudomonas aeruginosa with a 5 microg disc, three bands are suggested for interpretation, that of > or = 25 mm (sensitive), 18-24 mm (intermediate) and < or = 17 mm (resistant).

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