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We compared antibiotic consumption between hospitals affected by a strain of Clostridium difficile designated as polymerase chain reaction–ribotype 027 (CD-027) and those unaffected during an outbreak in northern France. The mean consumption of several β-lactams, amikacin, and fluoroquinolones was high in affected hospitals (P<.05). However, only levofloxacin and imipenem remained associated with emerging CD-027 in the multivariate analysis, suggesting that those antibiotics should be better targeted by prevention campaigns.
A duster of four patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was identified in a surgery clinic. Molecular characterization revealed close homology between viruses. This cluster was related to unsafe injection practices through multidose vials and reused materials. Among 796 patients potentially exposed to and screened for HCV, no other cluster was identified.
To delineate the epidemiology of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients, we studied 32 case patients with disseminated MAC infection who attended the same daycare facility during a period of 13 months. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis showed very low similarity between MAC strains, suggesting that, despite close contacts between the patients, nosocomial cross-transmission or exposure to a common source of MAC did not occur
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