Outbreak of infection with penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae in a hospital for the elderly

M. R. Millar*, N. M. Brown, G. W. Tobin, P. J. Murphy, A. C.M. Windsor, D. C.E. Speller

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Abstract

A penicillin- and trimethoprim-resistant strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 9 was isolated from sputum, pleural effusion fluid or blood collected from 10 patients with lower respiratory tract infection on three separate wards in a hospital for the elderly over a 3-week period in February 1993. Eight of the 10 infections were hospital-acquired. Following the cessation of new admissions to wards with infected patients, and a change of antibiotic policy for the treatment of lower respiratory tract infections, there were no new isolates. The outbreak probably resulted from failure to promptly identify, and manage appropriately infection in the index case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Geriatric infection
  • S. pneumoniae
  • antibiotic resistance
  • outbreak
  • penicillin resistant

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