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See detailSérologie infectieuse: interprétation des résultats et pièges à éviter
Huynen, Pascale ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Melin, Pierrette ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2006), 61(12), 827-833

In Medical Microbiology, in addition to the direct methods of indentification of infectious agentss, the serologic indirect techniques by quantification of antibodies have extremely useful in infectiology ... [more ▼]

In Medical Microbiology, in addition to the direct methods of indentification of infectious agentss, the serologic indirect techniques by quantification of antibodies have extremely useful in infectiology, for the diagnosis and the therapeutic or vaccination follow-up as well as for epidemiologic enquiries, serodiagnosis methods have significantly improved. Meanwhile, results may reveal hard to interpret, especially when are tries to specify the time of the beginning of an infection. The results require in the majority of the cases to be compared on two subsequent serum samples, to observe a possible increase in antibodies level. In addition, the infectious serology results may not be considered as the only element of final diagnosis. In all cases, they have to be interpreted and challenged against the clinical context. [less ▲]

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See detailProspective survey of digestive tract colonization with enterobacteriaceae that produce ESBLs in intensive care units
Christiaens, Geneviève ULg; Ciccarella, Y.; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Hospital Infection (2006), 62(3), 386-388

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See detailComparison of the Sensititre YeastOne and Fungitest methods with the NCCLS M27-A2 reference method for antifungal susceptibility testing of yeasts
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Kondarowski, E.; Melin, Pierrette ULg et al

Poster (2005, December)

Background: The recent introduction of Sensititre YeastOne, a colorimetric microdilution method that includes new antifungal agents has opened the field to MIC’s determination by an easy-to-perform method ... [more ▼]

Background: The recent introduction of Sensititre YeastOne, a colorimetric microdilution method that includes new antifungal agents has opened the field to MIC’s determination by an easy-to-perform method. The aim of this study was to compare this test with the NCCLS M27-A protocol and with Fungitest, a current routine method for yeasts susceptibility testing. Methods: Sensititre YeastOne method (Trek diagnostic), and the NCCLS M27-A2 were performed on 300 yeasts clinical isolates distributed as follow: 125 C. albicans, 273 non-albicans species. Four antifungal agents were tested by the reference method: amphotericine B (AmB), fluconazole (FZ), itraconazole (ITZ), and voriconazole (VOR). The reading of the Sensititre and NCCLS results was visually performed after 24 and 48 h respectively. The Fungitest (Biorad) method was applied on 121 among the 300 isolates and the reading was made after 24 to 48 h incubation time according to the positive control growth. Results: By the NCCLS method, the MICs50/MICs90 (µg/ml) were as follows: 1/2 (AmB); 16/64 (FZ); 0.25/4 (ITZ) and 0.125/2 (VOR). Sensititre vs. NCCLS: The overall agreement within 2 dilutions for AmB, FZ, ITZ and VOR was respectively 54, 82, 80 and 78%. The MICs50/MICs90 were in absolute concordance for VOR by both techniques. Very major errors (%) were recorded as follows: 0.01/0 (AmB with a MIC ≥ 4/8µg/ml for resistant strains respectively), 1.6 (FZ), 3.6 (ITZ) and 2.3 (VOR with a MIC ≥ 8µg/ml for resistant strains). Fungitest vs. NCCLS: The agreement between both methods including minor discrepancies was 98% (AmB), 88% (FZ) and 98% (ITZ). Following the breakpoints given by the manufacturer, very major errors were 6.3% for FZ, 0.03% for ITZ and none for AmB. Conclusions: Sensititre is a convenient alternative to the NCCLS method for yeast susceptibility testing. Fungitest in spite of good correlations must change the breakpoints and include new antifungal agents to be competitive. [less ▲]

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See detailL'echinococcose alveolaire: une zoonose d'apparition recente en Wallonie
Wauters, Odile ULg; Honore, Charles ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(11), 867-74

Alveolar echinococcosis is a serious parasitic disease, leading to large hepatic lesions. It must be distinguished from cystic echinococcosis, or hydatic cyst, caused by Echinococcus granulosus. Early ... [more ▼]

Alveolar echinococcosis is a serious parasitic disease, leading to large hepatic lesions. It must be distinguished from cystic echinococcosis, or hydatic cyst, caused by Echinococcus granulosus. Early diagnosis may allow surgical removal of the lesions by segmental hepatectomy, the only curative treatment. Parasitostatic medical treatment with albendazole may promote stabilization of the disease. Until recently, Belgium was considered a country at very low risk for alveolar echinococcosis, as no human case was reported, despite up to 51% of fox infection in southern Belgium autopsy series. Recently four patients presented with alveolar echinococcosis at the University Hospital Center of Liege, leading to the fear of a possible alveolar echinococcosis endemy in southern Belgium. Two of these patients underwent curative hepatectomy, but the other two had already pulmonary metastases at diagnosis and received palliative albendazole therapy. This article presents these cases, and reviews the clinical features of this parasitic disease. [less ▲]

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See detailKilling kinetics of clinical isolates of group B streptococci isolated in Belgium for penicillin alone or in combination with gentamicin
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Lorquet, Sophie; HAYETTE, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2005, September)

BACKGROUND: Associated with high morbidity and mortality, severe GBS infections should be treated with antimicrobial agents alone or in combination characterized by both a good diffusion at the site of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Associated with high morbidity and mortality, severe GBS infections should be treated with antimicrobial agents alone or in combination characterized by both a good diffusion at the site of infection and a short bactericidal lag time. Penicillin (P) or another blactam used in combination with an aminoglycoside is usually recommended to start the therapy. MICs to gentamicin (G) of GBS recently isolated in Belgium range from 16 to 256 mg/L (> or = MICs of E.faecalis with low level resistance to G, LLR). OBJECTIVES: To investigate in vitro, the potential synergism of P+G on strains of GBS isolated in Belgium. METHODS: According to Etest-AB Biodisk original procedures, for 6 Belgian strains of GBS (G MICs: 16-128 mg/L), we investigated the potential synergism, MICs and time killing curves, between P and G (ratio1:1). In the killing kinetic assays, surviving organisms were enumerated initially and repeatedly after 2, 4, 8 and 20 hours (T2, T4, T8 and T20) at concentrations of P equal to 4 and 16x MICs. Two strains of E.faecalis (1 HighLR and 1 LLR to G) were used as negative and positive control. Each isolate was tested twice. RESULTS: For GBS the P MICs in the combination were within +/- 1 dilution compared with single drug. As expected, P+G produced enhanced killing at T2 and T4 compared with P alone for G LLR E.faecalis and there was no difference for the G HLR E.faecalis. On the contrary, no accelerated killing was observed for any GBS isolate with the combination even for a concentration of 16xMIC of P; moreover for 3 isolates a reduced killing was observed at T2 in the combination tests compared with P alone. CONCLUSION: This limited in vitro testing of the combination P+G compared with P alone for Belgian GBS isolates did not show any synergism or accelerated killing. Moreover the killing was reduced at T2 for half of the isolates. Further evaluation should be performed on these strains with other ratio or other b-lactams as ampicillin in combination with G. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro screening of some Strychnos species for antiplasmodial activity
Philippe, Geneviève ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg; De Mol, Patrick ULg et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2005), 97(3), 535-539

The antiplasmodial activity of crude extracts of 19 species of Strychnos (Loganiaceae) was assessed in vitro against a chloroquine-susceptible strain of Plasmodium falciparum. For each species, ethyl ... [more ▼]

The antiplasmodial activity of crude extracts of 19 species of Strychnos (Loganiaceae) was assessed in vitro against a chloroquine-susceptible strain of Plasmodium falciparum. For each species, ethyl acetate (EtOAc) extracts were analysed and, for the most active species, methanolic (MeOH) extracts were also tested. Among them, Strychnos variabilis De Wild. seemed to be very promising (inhibitory concentration 50% (IC50) < 5 microg/ml) whereas two other species, Strychnos gossweileri Exell and Strychnos mellodora S. Moore, could be interesting (IC50 < 15 microg/ml) in further antimalarial studies. [less ▲]

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See detailEndemic alveolar echinococcosis in southern Belgium?
Detry, Olivier ULg; Honore, Charles ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2005), 68(1, Jan-Mar), 1-4

Until now, Belgium has been considered as a low-risk country for alveolar echinococcosis. However it was recently demonstrated by necropsy series that, in some parts of southern Belgium (Wallonia), up to ... [more ▼]

Until now, Belgium has been considered as a low-risk country for alveolar echinococcosis. However it was recently demonstrated by necropsy series that, in some parts of southern Belgium (Wallonia), up to 51% of the red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) may be infected by E. multilocaris. The authors, working in a university hospital in southern Belgium, described in 2002 the first autoctuthonous Belgian case of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis. More importantly, in 2004, they diagnosed three other patients with alveolar echinococcosis. One underwent surgical resection, but two others had bilateral pulmonary involvement at time of definite diagnosis. Palliative albendazole therapy was initiated. These patients had been diagnosed with hepatic mass from unknown origin for several months. The previous experience with the first case allowed the authors to consider and to confirm alveolar echinococcosis diagnosis, made by pathology and/or serological tests and imaging. These four patients with alveolar echinococcosis were living either in the Liege or the Luxembourg province. Considering the high prevalence of E. multilocaris infection of red foxes and the recent increase of the fox population due to rabies vaccination in southern Belgium, and also the presence of E. multilocaris infection of red foxes in northern Belgium, it is likely that not only Wallonia, but also maybe the whole Belgium, may face endemic alveolar echinococcosis in the next years. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-Time PCR detection of group B streptococci from pregnant women's vaginal specimens at time of delivery: clinical evaluation
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Rodriguez Cuns, Grisel; Lorquet, Sophie et al

in American Society of Microbiology (Ed.) Program and Abstracts of the 44th Intersciences Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2004, November)

Guidelines for prevention recommend intrapartum antimicrobial prohylaxis (IAP) for pregnant women with a positive prenatal culture-based screening for GBS. To improve this strategy, a rapid screening ... [more ▼]

Guidelines for prevention recommend intrapartum antimicrobial prohylaxis (IAP) for pregnant women with a positive prenatal culture-based screening for GBS. To improve this strategy, a rapid screening performed at the onset of labor with the IDI-Strep BTM test (IDI), a real time PCR detection (Infectio Diagnostic), may be used. Objective: To evaluate the performance of the IDI to detect GBS from vaginal specimens collected at time of delivery. Methods: Intrapartum vaginal specimens from 923 pregnant women were tested to determine the status of GBS colonization, by CDC’s recommended culture method (including selective LIM broth) with a Granada agar (GR) added as well as by the IDI and the immunologic StrepB OIATM test (OIA), BioStar. The performance of the different methods was compared. Results: GBS were recovered from 16.8% and 23.6% specimens respectively on primary culture plates and overall. The colonization rate for GBS was 18.6 % by IDI and 15.7 % by OIA testing. The sensitivity of IDI for identifying vaginal colonization status at delivery was 92 % or 77.1 % when compared to GR primary cultures or to overall culture results, and for the OIA, it was respectively 65.1 or 52.1 %. The specificity was 99.1 % for IDI and 95.5 % for OIA. The turnaround time for obtaining results was less than one hour for both IDI and OIA. Conclusions: 1) Strep B-IDI test, performed on intrapartum vaginal specimens, yields relevant results rapidly enough to be used as an efficient diagnostic tool for the identification of GBS colonized women, in order to offer IAP really targeted to GBS carriers. 2) By comparison to the prenatal screening-based strategy, the high sensitivity and specificity of IDI would allow a reduction of useless IAP and of missed opportunities. 3) IDI testing might be implemented “in routine” in some hospitals for further clinical and practical evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailPlace of PCR methods in malaria diagnosis
Klein, Ségolène; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Melin, Pierrette ULg et al

Conference (2004, October)

Background: Gold-standard method for malaria diagnosis is microscopic examination of Giemsa stained thick and thin blood smears. This method is cheap and simple but fastidious and requires experienced ... [more ▼]

Background: Gold-standard method for malaria diagnosis is microscopic examination of Giemsa stained thick and thin blood smears. This method is cheap and simple but fastidious and requires experienced microscopists. In recent years, molecular biology techniques have been applied with success in the microbiology field because of their great sensitivity and specificity. The aim of this study is the evaluation of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in the detection of low parasitaemia and mixed infections. Methods: A total of 191 blood samples were included in the study. They were collected from patients admitted to hospital because of suspicion of malaria infection, and distributed as follows: 105 from Liege (Belgium), 42 from Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), and 44 from Cayenne (French Guiana). Two PCR techniques targeting the small sub-unit rRNA gene of Plasmodium were tested in comparison with microscopy. The real-time PCR was specific of Plasmodium sp. and the semi-nested multiplex PCR was able to detect each of the four species. Results: The real-time PCR sensitivity was 97% and 100% for multiplex PCR. The specificity of both techniques was 96%. Multiplex PCR detected 2 mixed infections that were missed by microscopy. In 4 cases, both PCR techniques permit to detect parasitaemia after treatment while microscopy was already negative. In one case, parasite DNA was detected by PCR one day before the microscopy became positive. Conclusions: Both PCR techniques presented the same detection limit. The PCR methods had a better sensitivity than microscopy. They detected P. falciparum and P. vivax respectively 7 and 6 days after beginning of treatment. Multiplex PCR allowed species identification and mixed infection determination that could confirm and complete the microscopic examination. Real-time PCR was quicker than nested PCR and could be used for screening in addition to the gold-standard method [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro and in vivo antimalarial properties of isostrychnopentamine, an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid from Strychnos usambarensis
Frederich, Michel ULg; Tits, Monique ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2004), 70(6), 520-525

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an asymmetric indolomonoterpenic alkaloid isolated from the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis. The in vitro antiplasmodial activities against five Plasmodium falciparum cell ... [more ▼]

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an asymmetric indolomonoterpenic alkaloid isolated from the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis. The in vitro antiplasmodial activities against five Plasmodium falciparum cell lines were evaluated: ISP possessed an in vitro IC (50) near 0.1 microM against all P. falciparum cell lines tested (chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive lines) and showed antiplasmodial selectivity compared to cytotoxicity on human cell lines. The stage-dependent susceptibility to a short exposure of ISP was then investigated. The ring stage was shown to be the most sensitive one, but all stages were affected by ISP treatment. By means of fluorescence microscopy, it was shown that ISP was not accumulated inside the food vacuole of the parasite. Finally, the in vivo antimalarial activities against the P. berghei NK173 and P. vinckei petteri murine strains were determined. The ED (50) in vivo was about 30 mg/kg/day by the intraperitoneal route (after 4 days treatment). [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the group B differential agar for the detection of group B streptococci from vaginal specimens
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Rodriguez Cuns, Grisel; Lorquet, Sophie et al

in American Society of Microbiology (Ed.) Program and Abstracts of the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (2004, May)

Background Group B streptococci (GBS) are the leading cause of severe perinatal infections. Most current guidelines for the prevention of GBS perinatal disease are based on prenatal screening culture for ... [more ▼]

Background Group B streptococci (GBS) are the leading cause of severe perinatal infections. Most current guidelines for the prevention of GBS perinatal disease are based on prenatal screening culture for vaginal GBS colonisation. Use of selective and differential media could improve the sensitivity of these cultures. Objective To evaluate the GBS-Differential Agar (GBSDA) recently formulated by Becton Dickinson for the selective growth and production of orange colonies of b- hemolytic (b-H) GBS. Methods 283 vaginal swabs (VAG) collected from pregnant women were inoculated in selective Lim broth. After overnight incubation, Lim broth were subcultured on GBSDA, on Granada agar (Biomedics, Spain) and on Columbia blood agar (BA). To evaluate the stability, 99 isolates of GBS (REF) from adult or neonatal infections (Belgian GBS reference laboratory collection) were cultured on GBSDA and Granada at their limit of expiration, and on BA. GBSDA and Granada were incubated anaerobically and BA aerobically + 7% CO2, at 35°C, 24 to 48 h. Positive and negative control strains (GBS ; E. faecalis) were cultured with each run. Specific identification of colonies suggestive of GBS (pale to dark orange on GBSDA and Granada, b-H on BA) was performed. Results b-H GBS were recovered from 63 VAG (22.3 %): 62 were easily identified after overnight incubation on GBSDA and 63 on Granada without requiring any subculture. All GBS were also recovered from BA however it was after many subcultures. All orange colonies were confirmed as GBS. Among REF, 3 strains were non hemolytic ; they grew but were not differentiated as orange colonies on GBSDA or Granada. 96 REF were b-H, 94 (97.9%) produced orange to very dark orange colonies on GBSDA, 2 produced white colonies, and on Granada, 74 (77.1 %) produced pale to dark orange colonies and 22 white to white-orange colonies. Conclusion 1) GBSDA and Granada: a) very high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of b-H GBS, in a single step b) Results available within 48 h after inoculation in Lim broth, low workload 2) Excellent stability up to expiration date for GBSDA 3) Non hemolytic GBS: grown but not differentiated on GBSDA or Granada. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly onset neonatal sepsis and meningitis in Belgium: a decade review
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Maquet, Julie; Ducoffre, Geneviève et al

in American Society of Microbiology (Ed.) Program and Abstracts of the 43rd Intersciences Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2003, September)

Background: In the late 1990s, Belgium has reached the era of “group B streptococcal (GBS) prevention” and after 1996, some institutions, but not the majority, had implemented intrapartum ... [more ▼]

Background: In the late 1990s, Belgium has reached the era of “group B streptococcal (GBS) prevention” and after 1996, some institutions, but not the majority, had implemented intrapartum antibioprophylaxis for GBS prevention. Concern exists that one unintended consequence of GBS prevention efforts through chemoprophylaxis may be an increase in the rate of serious neonatal infections due to Gram negative bacteria (GNB). To monitor trends, continued surveillance of neonatal sepsis is needed. Methods: On a weekly basis, laboratories of the Belgian sentinel network notified each case of neonatal bacteremia or meningitis occurring within 28 days after birth. We reviewed on a year-base data collected from 1991-2001 for early–onset diseases (EOD; < 5 days). Results: A yearly mean of 47 cases (24-90) were notified by 28 (16-35) laboratories. Overall GBS remained the leading cause and represented annually 37.9% (25-54.7%) of EOD and did not show significant change. It was followed by E.coli 11.4%, coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) 11.9%, S.aureus 9.9%, Listeria sp 3.9%, S.pyogenes (GAS) 2.5%, S.pneumoniae 2.7%, H.influenzae 2.7% and others. During the decade, whereas a significant reduction in the rate of E.coli and other GNB EOD occurred (p <0.01), significant increases in the rate of EOD due to GAS (p <0.001), S.aureus (p <0.001), and CNS (p <0.01), were found. For CNS, we did not have data to distinguish definite or possible infections from contaminations. Conclusions: 1) During the last decade, GBS has remained the leading cause of neonatal EOD. 2) A decline in the rate of E.coli and other GNB infections occurred. 3) In the late 1990s, S.aureus and CNS were more frequently reported. 4) An increase in GAS occurrence was found 5) Potential change in pathogens overtime requires confirmation by ongoing surveillance. [less ▲]

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See detailAntimicrobial Susceptibilities of recent clinical isolates of group B streptococci agalactiae from Belgium
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Maquet, Julie; Rodriguez Cuns, Grisel et al

in American Society of Microbiology (Ed.) Program and Abstracts of the 43rd Intersciences Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2003, September)

Background: : GBS cause severe infections in neonates, pregnant women and other adults. Empiric therapy is usually started before susceptibility results are available. Early neonatal diseases can be ... [more ▼]

Background: : GBS cause severe infections in neonates, pregnant women and other adults. Empiric therapy is usually started before susceptibility results are available. Early neonatal diseases can be prevented with intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis based on accurate susceptibility surveillance data. A previous Belgian study showed an increase of 3 to 10 % R to erythromycin (EM) through the 1990s. Methods: 187 GBS isolates consecutively received at the reference laboratory between 2001 to March 2003 were from 73 neonates (52 early-onset and 21 late-onset diseases), 52 adults and 62 from pregnant women’s vagina. MICs of penicillin (PG), EM, clindamycin (CM) and gentamicin (GM) were determined with Etest. PG MBCs were also determined by inactivating the drug in MIC plates using betalactamase. EM resistant (R) isolates were tested by the CM + EM double disk to determine macrolide R phenotypes. Results: All strains were susceptible (S) to PG and no tolerance was observed with MBCs falling within 2 dilutions of MICs. 19.2% of isolates were R to EM, with significantly more R isolates from adults (30.8%; p <0.01) and serotype V (46.8%; p <0,001). 80% had the MLSB phenotype (R to EM and CM), 16 were constitutive and 12 inducible. The M phenotype (R to EM and S to CM) was seen in 7 (20%) of isolates. Less than 10% of isolates were inhibited by GM MIC of <=64 mg/L, 83.6% by 128-256 mg/L and 2.9% by >/=512 mg/L. Non typable strains were more R to GM (p <0.01). Conclusions: 1) PG remained active against all isolates and no tolerance was seen. 2) Prevalence of R to macrolides had increased since 1999, particularly in adult isolates and serotype V. 3) Intermediate to high level R to GM was seen and potential synergy of PG + GM should be investigated. 4) R surveillance is mandatory to guide prophylaxis and treatment of serious GBS infections. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nouveaux antifongiques
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg

in Noso-Bulles, bulletin d'information du comité d'hygiène hospitalière et du GGA du CHU de liège (2003)

L'article est une mise au point sur les antifongiques avec leurs indications, toxicité, posologie et critères de remboursement.

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See detailLa problématique de la résistance des pneumocoques aux antibiotiques
Marchal, Valérie; Melin, Pierrette ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(11), 675-680

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and it is also a common cause of sinusitis, otitis media, bacteremia and meningitis. The increasing resistance to ... [more ▼]

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and it is also a common cause of sinusitis, otitis media, bacteremia and meningitis. The increasing resistance to antimicrobial agents, now endemic in many countries, reflects an uncontrolled use of antibiotics. A good antibiotics policy and vaccination are at the moment the only way to control efficaciously the increasing antibiotic resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae [less ▲]

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See detailApport de la réaction de polymérisation en chaine dans le diagnostic de l'aspergillose invasive
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2002)

Les aspergilloses invasives surviennent chez les patients immunodéprimés pour la plupart neutropéniques. leur diagnostic est souvent trop tardif et la mise sous traitement aboutit à l'échec dans plus de ... [more ▼]

Les aspergilloses invasives surviennent chez les patients immunodéprimés pour la plupart neutropéniques. leur diagnostic est souvent trop tardif et la mise sous traitement aboutit à l'échec dans plus de 50% des cas. Aussi, il est nécessaire de développer de nouvelles techniques de diagnostic plus sensibles. Dans cette étude deux volets ont été développés: tout d'abord la mise au point d'une technique de polymérisation en chaîne pour la détection d'ADN d'Aspergillus sp. et son utilisation dans les lavages bronchoalvéolaires. Cette étude a montré que la technique développée était sensible et spécifique mais ne permettait pas de distinguer entre infection et colonisation. La seconde étude a consisté en la mise au point d'un modèle expérimental d'aspergillose invasive sur le lapin, dans le but d'évaluer la détection d'ADN fongique par PCR sur sang périphérique, parallèlement à la détection d'antigène galactomannane sérique par ELISA. Les résultats de cette étude ont montré qu'il était possible de détecter de l'ADN fongique dans le sang mais de façon inconstante et souvent postérieurement à la détection d'antigène galactomannane par ELISA. Cela permet de conclure que la place de la PCR Aspergillus sur sang périphérique reste encore à définir dans le diagnositic des aspergilloses invasives. Cependant elle peut être utilisée en complément d'autres techniques diagnostiques. [less ▲]

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See detailSerotype Distribution of clinical isolates of group B streptococci Isolated in Belgium : isolates from neonatal infection compared to isolates from infection in adult or colonization in pregnant women
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Keke, D.; Campo, B. et al

in American Society of Microbiology (Ed.) Program and Abstracts of the 43rd Intersciences Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2002, September)

Background: Group B Streptococci cause invasive disease in neonates, pregnant women and non-pregnant adults. In the last decades capsular serotypes (type) Ia, Ib, II and III caused the majority of ... [more ▼]

Background: Group B Streptococci cause invasive disease in neonates, pregnant women and non-pregnant adults. In the last decades capsular serotypes (type) Ia, Ib, II and III caused the majority of clinical diseases. More recently, in North America, type V emerged as the more common type in non-pregnant adults with invasive disease. Methods: From January 1999 through December 2001, we received and typed a total of 334 clinically significant strains of GBS isolated in the laboratories belonging to the Belgian network for epidemiological surveillance. 113 were recovered from neonates blood or cerebrospinal fluid (92 early onset EOD, 21 late onset LOD), 14 were isolated from pregnant women with severe infections and 204 were recovered from adults with invasive disease. From the same laboratories, during the first trimester of 2002, 302 isolates from pregnant women were also typed (max. 5 isolates /lab.) Results: In neonatal EOD type III was the more common (41,3%) followed by II (19.6%), Ia (16.3%), Ib (13%), V (8.7%) and IV (1.1%), whereas type III caused the majority (85.7%) of LOD cases. In adults, all types were well represented except type IV: 20.3% Ia, 12.7% Ib, 13.1% II, 23.1% III, 2.7% IV, 19% V and 9% remained non typeable (NT). In colonized pregnant women, all types were also well represented except type IV: 25.5% Ia, 13.3% Ib, 14.9% II, 17.7% III, 5% IV, 15.5% V and 8.1% remained NT. Type III was more frequently the cause of EOD than a colonizing strain during pregnancy and in contrast NT isolates did not cause EOD (P<0.001) Conclusions: 1) Type III was still the major type in neonatal infections in Belgium. 2) Type distribution of GBS differed by age-group of patients 3) Type V belonged to the 3 more represented types in adults 4) Compared to colonizing GBS in pregnant women, distribution of types causing EOD was different. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vitro Susceptibility Testing of Aspergillus fumigatus against Posaconazole: Comparison of NCCLS M38-P and E-Test Methods
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Amadore, Agatha; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2002, September)

Posaconazole is a second-generation triazole and structural analogue of itraconazole. This drug has fungicidal activity against yeasts and filamentous fungi. The aim of our study was to evaluate E-test ... [more ▼]

Posaconazole is a second-generation triazole and structural analogue of itraconazole. This drug has fungicidal activity against yeasts and filamentous fungi. The aim of our study was to evaluate E-test method for in vitro susceptibility testing of Aspergillus fumigatus isolates against posaconazole. METHODS: A total of 121 isolates of A. fumigatus were selected as follows: 106 clinical strains from colonized patients, 18 from patients with invasive aspergillosis and 7 environmental isolates. Their in vitro susceptibility was evaluated by E-test (Abbiodisk, Sweden) and compared with NCCLS microdilution reference method (M38-P). Both tests were performed with RPMI 1640 medium at 35 degrees C. MIC values were read after 24h (MIC-24h) and 48h (MIC-48h) incubation time by E-test method. Two MIC endpoints were determined by NCCLS method: 1.no visible reduction of growth (MIC-0); 2. 50% reduction (or more) of growth (MIC-2). Three A. fumigatus reference strains (IHEM 5734, 6149 and 13935) were included as control. RESULTS: Geometric mean MICs (microg/ml) were respectively 0.02 for E-test at 24h and 0.029 at 48h. MIC-0 and MIC-2 values were respectively 0.19 and 0.018 microg/ml. One correlation between both methods was observed for MICs-24h and MICs-2s (p<.05). However, there was no significant difference according to origin of isolates (p<.05). CONCLUSIONS: 1. This study assessed the potent role of posaconazole against A. fumigatus isolates with very low MICs. 2. MIC values were not predictive of pathogenicity. 3. E-test method by reading after 24h-incubation time could easily replace the time-consuming NCCLS M38-P reference method. [less ▲]

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