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From contamination to infective endocarditis—a population-based retrospective study of Corynebacterium isolated from blood cultures.

European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases January 2020 V.39 N.1 P.113-119   

Corynebacterium is a genus that can contaminate blood cultures and also cause severe infections like infective endocarditis (IE).

Our purpose was to investigate microbiological and clinical features associated with contamination and true infection.

A retrospective population-based study of Corynebacterium bacteremia 2012–2017 in southern Sweden was performed.

Corynebacterium isolates were species determined using a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS).

Patient were, from the medical records, classified as having true infection or contamination caused by Corynebacterium through a scheme considering both bacteriological and clinical features and the groups were compared.

Three hundred thirty-nine episodes of bacteremia with Corynebacterium were identified in 335 patients of which 30 (8.8%) episodes were classified as true infection.

Thirteen patients with true bacteremia had only one positive blood culture. Infections were typically community acquired and affected mostly older males with comorbidities.

The focus of infection was most often unknown, and in-hospital mortality was around 10% in both the groups with true infection and contamination.

Corynebacterium jeikeium and Corynebacterium striatum were significantly overrepresented in the group with true infection, whereas Corynebacterium afermentans was significantly more common in the contamination group. Eight episodes of IE were identified, all of which in patients with heart valve prosthesis.

Six of the IE cases affected the aortic valve and six of seven patients were male. The species of Corynebacterium in blood cultures can help to determine if a finding represent true infection or contamination.

The finding of a single blood culture with Corynebacterium does not exclude true infection such as IE.

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https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10096-019-03698-6?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals&utm_source=toc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=toc_10096_39_1

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https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10096-019-03698-6.pdf

January 19, 2020 at 8:08 pm

2019-11 Hospital-Acquired Infections in New York State, 2018 –  N York State Department of Health 24 Pags

Contents

Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3

Surgical Site Infections (SSIs)………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4

Catheter-Associated Infections ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5

Laboratory-identified (LabID) infections………………………………………………………………………………………. 6

Clostridioides difficile Infections (CDI)……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Infections………………………………………………………………………………………. 8

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infections………………………………………………………………………………………. 9

Hospital Performance …………………………………………………………………………………………………………10

Role of the State Health Department…………………………………………………………………………………….23

What Patients Can do to Prevent Infections………………………………………………………………………………………..24

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https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/facilities/hospital/hospital_acquired_infections/2018/docs/hospital_acquired_infection_p1.pdf

November 20, 2019 at 7:11 am

Bicarbonate Resensitization of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus to β-Lactam Antibiotics.

Antimicrob Agents Chemother. June 24, 2019 V.63 N.7  pii: e00496-19.

Ersoy SC1, Abdelhady W1, Li L1, Chambers HF2, Xiong YQ3,4, Bayer AS1,4.

1 Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance, California, USA.

2 Division of Infectious Diseases, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Department of Medicine, San Francisco School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.

3 Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Torrance, California, USA yxiong@ucla.edu .

4 Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

Endovascular infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a major health care concern, especially infective endocarditis (IE).

Standard antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) defines most MRSA strains as “resistant” to β-lactams, often leading to the use of costly and/or toxic treatment regimens.

In this investigation, five prototype MRSA strains, representing the range of genotypes in current clinical circulation, were studied.

We identified two distinct MRSA phenotypes upon AST using standard media, with or without sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) supplementation: one highly susceptible to the antistaphylococcal β-lactams oxacillin and cefazolin (NaHCO3 responsive) and one resistant to such agents (NaHCO3 nonresponsive).

These phenotypes accurately predicted clearance profiles of MRSA from target tissues in experimental MRSA IE treated with each β-lactam.

Mechanistically, NaHCO3 reduced the expression of two key genes involved in the MRSA phenotype, mecA and sarA, leading to decreased production of penicillin-binding protein 2a (that mediates methicillin resistance), in NaHCO3-responsive (but not in NaHCO3-nonresponsive) strains.

Moreover, both cefazolin and oxacillin synergistically killed NaHCO3-responsive strains in the presence of the host defense antimicrobial peptide (LL-37) in NaHCO3-supplemented media.

These findings suggest that AST of MRSA strains in NaHCO3-containing media may potentially identify infections caused by NaHCO3-responsive strains that are appropriate for β-lactam therapy.

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https://aac.asm.org/content/63/7/e00496-19.long

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https://aac.asm.org/content/aac/63/7/e00496-19.full.pdf

July 18, 2019 at 8:59 am

Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia and Endocarditis: Making an Impact on Outcomes: The Role of the Patient and the Organism

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice July 2011 V.19 N.4 P.238-242

NFID Clinical Updates

Weinstein, Robert A.

Three scientific approaches to infectious disease-case series, epidemiologic investigation, and molecular analysis-have aided researchers in understanding the evolution of pathogen activity.

Four eras of pathogen activity have occurred from 1920 to the present (streptococcus, staphylococci, gram-negative rods, and multidrug-resistant organisms).

The emergence of health care-associated and community-associated (CA) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections has resulted in the blurred distinction among the entities.

In addition, there are several virulence factors that contribute significantly to the pathogenicity of the organism, and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) play an important role in determining an individual’s response to infection.

Health outcomes are significantly worse in MRSA patients compared with uninfected patients or those infected with methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA).

Ongoing molecular research will continue to elucidate mechanisms associated with virulence of MRSA.

FULL TEXT

https://journals.lww.com/infectdis/Fulltext/2011/07000/Staphylococcus_aureus_Bacteremia_and_Endocarditis_.2.aspx

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December 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

Highlights From Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America for the Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Adults and Children

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice May 2011 V.19 N.3 P.207-20

Clinical Guidelines

File, Thomas M. Jr

Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society published evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.

The guideline discusses the management of a variety of infections including skin infections, bacteremia and endocarditis, pneumonia, and osteomyelitis and joint infections.

FULL TEXT

https://journals.lww.com/infectdis/Fulltext/2011/05000/Highlights_From_Clinical_Practice_Guidelines_by.13.aspx

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December 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

Infective endocarditis due to Streptococcus dysgalactiae: clinical presentation and microbiological features

European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases December 2018 V.37 N.12 P.2261–2272

Anna Bläckberg, Nilson, Volkan Özenci, Lars Olaison, Magnus Rasmussen

Knowledge of infective endocarditis (IE) caused by Streptococcus dysgalactiae (SD) is limited.

This study aimed to identify the clinical and microbiological features of SD-caused IE and to investigate any possible synergy between penicillin and gentamicin on SD isolates.

Cases of IE 2008–2016 due to SD reported to the Swedish Registry of Infective Endocarditis (SRIE) were identified. Isolates were emm typed and synergy between antibiotics was determined in time-kill experiments. Medical records were reviewed and SD-cases were compared to cases of IE due to other pathogens reported to the SRIE.

Fifty cases of SD-caused IE were confirmed. emm types stC74a, stG62647, and stG643 were most commonly encountered.

The patients had a median age of 74 years (range 38–93) and were significantly older compared to patients with Staphylococcus aureus-caused IE, (65 years (p = 0.003)).

The median time to diagnosis from symptom onset was 1 day for patients with SD-caused IE which was less compared to patients with IE due to the other pathogens (2–15 days). Embolization was seen in 46% and the in-hospital mortality was 8%.

Etest-based methods did not indicate any synergy between penicillin and gentamicin whereas synergy was noted for four out of nine isolates applying time-kill assays.

This is the largest study of SD-caused IE, a condition with an acute onset predominantly affecting elderly people. Synergy between penicillin and gentamicin against some SD isolates was distinguished but the potential benefit of this must be weighed against the risk of aminoglycoside side effects.

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https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10096-018-3367-7.pdf

November 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Should Acute Q-Fever Patients be Screened for Valvulopathy to Prevent Endocarditis?

Clinical Infectious Diseases August 1, 2018 V.67 N.3 P.360-366

Marit M A de Lange; Laura E V Gijsen; Cornelia C H Wielders; Wim van der Hoek; Arko Scheepmaker

We found no difference in occurrence of chronic Q-fever between patients with or without a newly detected valvulopathy at time of acute Q-fever diagnosis. Thus, universal screening is not justified and would lead to unnecessary and undesirable long-term antibiotic use.

FULL TEXT

https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/67/3/360/4877027

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November 4, 2018 at 8:29 am

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