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Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 2003 Jul;77(7):510-5.

[Hospital-acquired Streptococcus pneumoniae infection].

[Article in Japanese]

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Tamana Central Hospital.


Three elderly patients were consecutively found to harbor or to become infected with intermediate-level penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in a hospital respiratory ward. All the isolates from the respective patients produced mucoid-type colonies on sheep blood agar plates and were found to have an identical antibiogram, indicating that those were resistant against erythromycin, clarithromycin, clindamycin and minocycline. Pulse-field gel electrophoresis of genomic DNA digested Sma I and Apa I demonstrated homology among the isolates, which may suggest person-to-person spread in a hospital setting. With this, it is an urgent to establish the institution-based infection control precautions against S. pneumoniae.

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