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BMC Infectious Diseases

Bacterial and fungal diseases

Section edited by Ivan FN Hung, Jorge Garbino and Kelvin To

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of bacterial and fungal diseases in humans, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. This section includes studies relating to antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is widely acknowledged as a global problem, yet in many parts of the world its magnitude is still not well understood. This review, using a public health focused approach, aimed ...

    Authors: Birkneh Tilahun Tadesse, Elizabeth A. Ashley, Stefano Ongarello, Joshua Havumaki, Miranga Wijegoonewardena, Iveth J. González and Sabine Dittrich

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:616

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial pathogens are a major cause of childhood community acquired lower respiratory tract infections (CA-LRTIs), and few data described the impact of antimicrobial resistance on children with CA-LRTIs. Thi...

    Authors: Xiaoguang He, Mingyu Xie, Siping Li, Junqin Ye, Qi Peng, Qiang Ma, Xiaomei Lu and Baimao Zhong

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:614

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  3. Content type: Case report

    Kerstersia gyiorum is an extremely rare pathogen of human infection. It can cause chronic infection in patients with underlying conditions. It can easily be misdiagnosed if proper diag...

    Authors: Irmak Baran, Arife Polat Düzgün, İpek Mumcuoğlu and Neriman Aksu

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:608

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The majority of antibiotics consumed in developed countries are prescribed in primary care. However, little is known about resistance levels in the primary care population.

    Authors: Mia Tyrstrup, Eva Melander, Katarina Hedin, Anders Beckman and Sigvard Mölstad

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:603

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Information is limited about the effect of restricted carbapenem use on clearance of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB). We sought to determine the time effect of antibiotic exposure on multi-dr...

    Authors: Po-Yen Huang, Shian-Sen Shie, Jung-Jr Ye, Shih-Pin Lin, Tsui-Ping Liu, Ting-Shu Wu, Tsu-Lan Wu, Shiow-Shuh Chuang, Ming-Huei Cheng, Yu-Chia Hsieh and Ching-Tai Huang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:598

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  6. Content type: Research article

    A marked increase in the incidence rate of scarlet fever imposed a considerable burden on the health of children aged 5 to 15 years. The main purpose of this study was to depict the spatiotemporal epidemiologi...

    Authors: Qi Zhang, Wendong Liu, Wang Ma, Yingying Shi, Ying Wu, Yuan Li, Shuyi Liang, Yefei Zhu and Minghao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:596

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) is the leading cause of infective endocarditis in several countries. Since socioeconomic status (SES) is known to influence the risk of infectiou...

    Authors: Louise Bruun Oestergaard, Michelle D. Schmiegelow, Niels Eske Bruun, Robert L. Skov, Andreas Petersen, Paal Skytt Andersen and Christian Torp-Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:589

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  8. Content type: Research article

    A combination of laboratory, histopathological and microbiological tests for diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) have been strongly recommended. This study aims to characterize the accuracy of indivi...

    Authors: M. Fernández-Sampedro, C. Fariñas-Alvarez, C. Garces-Zarzalejo, M. A. Alonso-Aguirre, C. Salas-Venero, L. Martínez-Martínez and M. C. Fariñas

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:592

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  9. Content type: Case report

    It has been suggested that more than 100 bacterial species can be identified using only seven universal bacterial primer sets in the melting temperature (Tm) mapping method and that these findings can be obtai...

    Authors: Yoshitsugu Higashi, Shigeki Nakamura, Hideki Niimi, Tomohiro Ueno, Kaoru Matsumoto, Koyomi Kawago, Ippei Sakamaki, Isao Kitajima and Yoshihiro Yamamoto

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:584

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  10. Content type: Case report

    The presence of more than one bacterial agent is relatively rare in infective endocarditis, although more common in prosthetic cases. Molecular diagnosis from a removed heart tissue is considered a quick and e...

    Authors: Iva Kotaskova, Petr Nemec, Martina Vanerkova, Barbora Malisova, Renata Tejkalova, Marek Orban, Vita Zampachova and Tomas Freiberger

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:563

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In the aftermath of the largest Q fever outbreak in the world, diagnosing the potentially lethal complication chronic Q fever remains challenging. PCR, Coxiella burnetii IgG phase I antibodies, CRP and 18F–FDG-PE...

    Authors: Anne F. M. Jansen, Teske Schoffelen, Julien Textoris, Jean-Louis Mege, Marrigje Nabuurs-Franssen, Ruud P. H. Raijmakers, Mihai G. Netea, Leo A. B. Joosten, Chantal P. Bleeker-Rovers and Marcel van Deuren

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:556

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Pentraxin-3 (PTX-3) is an acute-phase protein involved in inflammatory and infectious processes. This study assesses its diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with sepsis or septic shock in a medical int...

    Authors: Sonja Hamed, Michael Behnes, Dominic Pauly, Dominic Lepiorz, Max Barre, Tobias Becher, Siegfried Lang, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe, Thomas Bertsch and Ursula Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:554

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  13. Content type: Database

    Biosurveillance, a relatively young field, has recently increased in importance because of increasing emphasis on global health. Databases and tools describing particular subsets of disease are becoming increa...

    Authors: Ashlynn R. Daughton, Reid Priedhorsky, Geoffrey Fairchild, Nicholas Generous, Andrea Hengartner, Esteban Abeyta, Nileena Velappan, Antonietta Lillo, Karen Stark and Alina Deshpande

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:549

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Candidemia is the worldwide life-threaten disease, especially in cancer patients. This study was aimed to identify and evaluate the risk factors of candidemia in cancer patients, which will prompt the improvem...

    Authors: Ding Li, Rui Xia, Qing Zhang, Changsen Bai, Zheng Li and Peng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:536

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Primary invasive cutaneous aspergillosis is a rare fungal infection that occurs mostly in immunocompromised patients. Newborns of very low birth weight present a high risk for this type of infection due to an ...

    Authors: Floriane Gallais, Julie Denis, Olfa Koobar, Laurence Dillenseger, Dominique Astruc, Raoul Herbrecht, Ermanno Candolfi, Valérie Letscher-Bru and Marcela Sabou

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:535

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In vitro data suggests that suboptimal initial vancomycin exposure may select for heterogeneous vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (hVISA) infections. However, no clinical studies have evaluated the re...

    Authors: Dmitriy M. Martirosov, Monique R. Bidell, Manjunath P. Pai, Marc H. Scheetz, Susan L. Rosenkranz, Corey Faragon, M. Malik, R. E. Mendes, R. N. Jones, Louise-Anne McNutt and Thomas P. Lodise

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:534

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Interventions to support decision-making can reduce inappropriate antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections (ARI), but they may not be sustainable. The objective of the study is to evaluate the long-term...

    Authors: Jeneen Gifford, Elisabeth Vaeth, Katherine Richards, Tariq Siddiqui, Christine Gill, Lucy Wilson and Sylvain DeLisle

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:528

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Human psittacosis is a highly under diagnosed zoonotic disease, commonly linked to psittacine birds. Psittacosis in birds, also known as avian chlamydiosis, is endemic in poultry, but the risk for people livin...

    Authors: Lenny Hogerwerf, Manon M. C. Holstege, Elisa Benincà, Frederika Dijkstra and Wim van der Hoek

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:519

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae (Mp) in children has been hampered by difficulty in obtaining convalescent serum and time constraints. In this study, the two diagno...

    Authors: Le Wang, Zhishan Feng, Mengchuan Zhao, Shuo Yang, Xiaotong Yan, Weiwei Guo, Zhongren Shi and Guixia Li

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:518

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