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[News from the Scientific Literature] Bacteremia caused by group G streptococci, Taiwan
Date: 2008-08-04   Read: 95666

Liao CH et al., EID 2008 May; 14(5):837-840
A retrospective observational study in Taiwan, 1998-2004, identified 92 patients with group G streptococcal bacteremia; 86 had Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis. The most common diagnosis was cellulitis (48 cases), followed by primary bacteremia (34 cases). Infection recurred in 9 patients. Mortality rate was low (3.3%); resistance to quinupristin-dalfopristin was high.


Summary
According to this study, infection with S. dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis was the most common cause of bacteremia by group G streptococcus, which are part of the normal microbial flora of the gastrointestinal tract, vagina, and skin and cause a variety of infections, in Taiwan. Also, although the mortality rate for patients with group G streptococcal bacteremia was relatively low (<10%), resistance to quinupristin-dalfopristin was extremely high.



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