Automated ribotyping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis reveal a clusterof group A streptococci in intravenous drug abusers

Citation
S. Brunner et al., Automated ribotyping and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis reveal a clusterof group A streptococci in intravenous drug abusers, INFECTION, 28(5), 2000, pp. 314-317
Citations number
9
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Clinical Immunolgy & Infectious Disease",Immunology
Journal title
INFECTION
ISSN journal
0300-8126 → ACNP
Volume
28
Issue
5
Year of publication
2000
Pages
314 - 317
Database
ISI
SICI code
0300-8126(200009)28:5<314:ARAPGE>2.0.ZU;2-N
Abstract
Background: in 1998, an unexpected increase of group A streptococci (GAS) i n blood cultures was observed at our institution. Materials and Methods: To determine whether they were from unrelated sporad ic cases or attributable to a com mon source, all isolates were analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and by automated ribotyping, Results: Two clusters were found. All isolates, except one, of cluster 2 ha d been isolated from intravenous drug abusers. Conclusion: All patients were hospitalized either in different hospitals or at different times in the same hospitals indicating that the putative comm on source is to be found in the drug community rather than in a particular hospital.