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   2011| January-March  | Volume 29 | Issue 1  
    Online since February 7, 2011

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Multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae including metallo-β-lactamase producers are predominant pathogens of healthcare-associated infections in an Indian teaching hospital
JB Sarma, PK Bhattacharya, D Kalita, M Rajbangshi
January-March 2011, 29(1):22-27
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76519  PMID:21304190
Purpose: A study was carried out in an Indian teaching hospital in 2009 to detect the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) and peripheral vascular access site infections. Materials and Methods: The study was a point-prevalence study involving over 300 patients. The presence of infection was determined according to the CDC criteria. Swabs were taken from the infected sites and identification and sensitivity were carried out using VITEK® 2 automated system. Characterisation of β-lactamase was carried out at ARRML, Colindale, London. Results: The rate of SSI was 15% for the clean and clean-contaminated categories while that for the dirty contaminated category was 85% (NNIS risk index 0). Cultures yielded definite or probable pathogens from 64% (9/14) of the patients with SSI. In 1/3 rd of the cultures, Staphylococcus aureus was grown and the rest had Enterobacteriaceae, either extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) producers or Amp-C hyperproducers and, alarmingly, three isolates were positive for newly recognised New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1). In medicine, 87% (n = 99) of the patients had a peripheral IV access device, 55% developed associated phlebitis/infection and, in seven, probable pathogens were isolated (Candida species and Escherichia coli producing ESBL and NDM-1, respectively, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium). All ESBL and metallo-β-lactamase producers were resistant to multiple classes of antimicrobials, the latter being sensitive only to colistin and tigecycline. The study also found that all post-operative patients were on antibiotics, 92% on IV [213 defined daily doses (DDD)/100 post-op patients] limited mainly to the third-generation cephalosporins (26%) and aminoglycosides (24%) and imidazole derivatives (30%). In medicine, 83% (n = 82) were on IV antibiotics (123 DDD/100 bed-days), limited mainly to the third-generation cephalosporins (74%). Conclusion: Indiscriminate use of antibiotics is a major problem predisposing patients to harm by multi-resistant pathogens. Carbapenems were in little use in this hospital, but the selection pressure exerted by cephalosporins and other unrelated classes was sufficient to select NDM-1-producing strains due to co-selection, suggesting a role of single plasmid carrying resistance genes to multiple classes.
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Burkholderia cepacia complex: Beyond pseudomonas and acinetobacter
V Gautam, L Singhal, P Ray
January-March 2011, 29(1):4-12
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76516  PMID:21304187
Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) is an important nosocomial pathogen in hospitalised patients, particularly those with prior broad-spectrum antibacterial therapy. BCC causes infections that include bacteraemia, urinary tract infection, septic arthritis, peritonitis and respiratory tract infection. Due to high intrinsic resistance and being one of the most antimicrobial-resistant organisms encountered in the clinical laboratory, these infections can prove very difficult to treat and, in some cases, result in death. Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and those with chronic granulomatous disease are predisposed to infection by BCC bacteria. BCC survives and multiplies in aqueous hospital environments, including disinfectant agents and intravenous fluids, where it may persist for long periods. Outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks of BCC septicaemia have been documented in intensive care units, oncology units and renal failure patients. BCC is phenotypically unremarkable, and the complex exhibits an extensive diversity of genotypes. BCC is of increasing importance for agriculture and bioremediation because of their antinematodal and antifungal properties as well as their capability to degrade a wide range of toxic compounds. It has always been a tedious task for a routine microbiological laboratory to identify the nonfermenting gram-negative bacilli, and poor laboratory proficiency in identification of this nonfermenter worldwide still prevails. In India, there are no precise reports of the prevalence of BCC infection, and in most cases, these bacteria have been ambiguously reported as nonfermenting gram-negative bacilli or simply Pseudomonas spp. The International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group is open to clinicians and scientists interested in advancing knowledge of BCC infection/colonisation in persons with CF through the collegial exchange of information and promotion of coordinated approaches to research.
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Sepsis due to linezolid resistant Staphylococcus cohnii and Staphylococcus kloosii: First reports of linezolid resistance in coagulase negative staphylococci from India
MA Peer, RA Nasir, DK Kakru, BA Fomda, G Bashir, IA Sheikh
January-March 2011, 29(1):60-62
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76527  PMID:21304198
Linezolid, a viable alternative to vancomycin against methicillin resistant staphylococcal isolates, has been in use for a decade around the globe. However, resistance against staphylococci remains extremely rare and unreported from most of the Asian countries. Herein, we report two cases of linezolid resistant, coagulase negative staphylococcal sepsis for the first time from India. The first case was an 18-year-old burn patient, who, after a major graft surgery, landed in sepsis, and linezolid resistant Staphylococcus cohnii with an minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of >256 μg/ml by both broth microdilution and Etest, was isolated from multiple blood cultures. The second patient was a 60-year-old male with an intracranial bleed and sepsis, from whose blood cultures, linezolid resistant Staphylococcus kloosii was repeatedly isolated. Linezolid MIC was >32 μg/ml by broth microdilution and >16 μg/ml by Etest.
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Evaluation of a commercial Dengue NS1 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for early diagnosis of dengue infection
A Shrivastava, PK Dash, NK Tripathi, AK Sahni, N Gopalan, PV Lakshmana Rao
January-March 2011, 29(1):51-55
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76525  PMID:21304196
Purpose: Dengue is one of the most serious mosquito-borne viral infections affecting tropical and subtropical countries in the world. Since there is no immunoprophylactic or specific antiviral therapy available, timely and rapid diagnosis plays a vital role in patient management and implementation of control measures. This paper evaluates a commercially available NS1 antigen capture ELISA vis-a-vis SD bioline Dengue NS1 antigen test for early detection of dengue virus. Materials and Methods: To evaluate a commercial NS1 antigen detection kit vis-a-vis SD bioline Dengue NS1 antigen test, a total of 91 clinical samples were tested. Virological investigations with regard to dengue virus, viz. NS1 antigen capture ELISA (Panbio, Australia), SD bioline Dengue NS1 antigen test, RT-PCR and virus isolation were performed. Results: Out of 91 samples, 24 (26%) were positive by NS1 antigen capture ELISA, 15 (16%) by SD bioline Dengue NS1 antigen test and 11(12%) positive by RT-PCR analysis. The RT-PCR-positive samples were further subjected to virus isolation and resulted in three isolates. The results of the Panbio NS1 antigen capture ELISA, SD bioline Dengue NS1 antigen test, RT-PCR and virus isolation were correlated among themselves. Conclusions: The present study comprehensively established the utility of NS1 antigen ELISA in early diagnosis of dengue infection.
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Nocardia brasiliensis primary pulmonary nocardiosis with subcutaneous involvement in an immunocompetent patient
R Amatya, R Koirala, B Khanal, SS Dhakal
January-March 2011, 29(1):68-70
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76530  PMID:21304201
This is a report of an unusual case of Nocardia brasiliensis causing primary pulmonary nocardiosis with disseminated subcutaneous lesions in an immunocompetent patient. This case highlights the importance of considering nocardiosis as a differential diagnosis in patients with pulmonary and cutaneous lesions and the need for vigorous management for complete cure.
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First case of resistance to tigecycline by Klebsiella pneumoniae in a European University Hospital
IK Neonakis, K Stylianou, E Daphnis, S Maraki
January-March 2011, 29(1):78-79
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76535  PMID:21304206
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Diagnostics for tuberculosis: Time to usher in a new era
C Rodrigues
January-March 2011, 29(1):2-3
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76515  PMID:21304186
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Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 in India: Duration of virus shedding in patients under antiviral treatment
I Gandhoke, DS Rawat, A Rai, S Khare, RL Ichhpujani
January-March 2011, 29(1):37-41
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76522  PMID:21304193
Background: National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Delhi, is a national nodal centre for surveillance of pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) in India. The present study was undertaken to see the period of infectivity in positive cases undergoing antiviral therapy. Objective: To assess the duration of virus shedding by real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR) in some of the positive patients taking Oseltamivir treatment. Materials and Methods: Clinical samples (throat swabs, nasal swabs and nasopharyngeal swabs) collected by the clinicians from patients quarantined in government hospitals in different parts of India are being sent to the designated reference laboratory at Delhi for screening presence of pandemic Influenza virus. The samples are tested by Real-Time PCR using CDC recommended reagents and protocol for confirmation of the H1N1 novel influenza virus. In 150 of the positive cases, we requested the clinicians to send samples for 5 consecutive days after administration of antiviral therapy, to see the trend of therapy response on viral shedding. Samples for more than 5 days were received from patients till they showed no amplification for any of the three target genes (Influenza A, Swine Influenza A or Swine H1). Results and Conclusion: In 99.33% (149/150) cases, the influenza infection resolved within 10 days. Sixty-four percent (96/150) of the positive patients turned negative within 5 days of the start of antiviral treatment. Only one patient belonging to high risk group showed prolonged virus shedding (19 days).
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Nested polymerase chain reaction on blood clots for gene encoding 56 kDa antigen and serology for the diagnosis of scrub typhus
JAJ Prakash, ML Kavitha, E Mathai
January-March 2011, 29(1):47-50
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76524  PMID:21304195
Purpose : Scrub typhus is a zoonotic illness endemic in the Asia-Pacific region. Early diagnosis and appropriate management contribute significantly to preventing adverse outcomes including mortality. Serology is widely used for diagnosing scrub typhus. Recent reports suggest that polymerase chain reaction (PCR) could be a rapid and reliable alternative. This study assessed the utility of these tests for scrub typhus diagnosis. Materials and Methods : Nested PCR to detect the 56 kDa antigen gene of O. tsutsugamushi was performed on blood clots from 87 individuals with clinically suspected scrub typhus. Weil-Felix test and scrub typhus IgM ELISA were performed on serum samples from the same patients. As a gold standard reference test was not available, latent class analysis (LCA) was used to assess the performance of the three tests. Results : The LCA analysis showed the sensitivity of Weil-Felix test, IgM ELISA and PCR to be 59%, 100% and 58% respectively. The specificity of ELISA was only 73%, whereas those of the Weil-Felix test and PCR were 94% and 100% respectively. Conclusion : Nested PCR using blood clots while specific, lacked sensitivity as compared to IgM ELISA. In resource-poor settings Weil-Felix test still remains valuable despite its moderate sensitivity.
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Testing Hepatitis A virus antibody in oral fluid among the prospective vaccinees foster the need of new oral HAV rapid test
M Ahmed, SU Munshi, S Andalib, S Tabassum, MN Islam
January-March 2011, 29(1):72-73
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76532  PMID:21304203
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Comparison of four methods for rapid identification of Staphylococcus aureus directly from BACTEC 9240 blood culture system
NS Ozen, D Ogunc, D Mutlu, G Ongut, BO Baysan, F Gunseren
January-March 2011, 29(1):42-46
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76523  PMID:21304194
Purpose: Differentiation of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) from coagulase-negative staphylococci is very important in blood stream infections. Identification of S. aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) from blood cultures takes generally 18-24 h after positive signaling on continuously monitored automated blood culture system. In this study, we evaluated the performance of tube coagulase test (TCT), slide agglutination test (Dry Spot Staphytect Plus), conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and LightCycler Staphylococcus MGrade kit directly from blood culture bottles to achieve rapid identification of S. aureus by using the BACTEC 9240 blood culture system. Materials and Methods: A total of 129 BACTEC 9240 bottles growing gram-positive cocci suggesting Staphylococci were tested directly from blood culture broths (BCBs) with TCT, Dry Spot Staphytect Plus, conventional PCR and LightCycler Staphylococcus MGrade kit for rapid identification of S. aureus. Results: The sensitivities of the tests were 99, 68, 99 and 100%, respectively. Conclusion: Our results suggested that 2 h TCT was found to be simple and inexpensive method for the rapid identification of S. aureus directly from positive blood cultures.
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Human leucocyte antigens and cytokine gene polymorphisms and tuberculosis
A Akgunes, AY Coban, B Durupinar
January-March 2011, 29(1):28-32
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76520  PMID:21304191
Purpose: Several genes encoding different cytokines and human leucocyte antigens (HLA) may play crucial roles in host susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB). Our objective was to investigate whether these genes might be associated with protection from or susceptibility to TB. Materials and Methods: Genomic DNA from patients with TB (n = 30) and ethnically matched controls (n = 30) was genotyped by using sequence-specific primers-polymerase chain reaction and sequence-specific oligonucletid methods. Results: Our results demonstrated that HLA-Cw*01 [P = 0.05, odds ration (OR) (95% confidence interval) = 2.269 (1.702-3.027)] allele frequency was significantly more common in TB patients than in healthy controls, and HLA-Cw*01 may be associated with susceptibility to TB. Analysis of cytokine allele frequencies showed that interleukin (IL)-10, -819 C and -592 C alleles was significantly more common in TB patients than in controls (pc: 0.038 and 0.017, respectively). From the IL-10 cluster, a positive significant difference was found at positions -1082 and -592 C/C (pc: 0.027 and 0.054, respectively) genotypes. Although these differences could be explained by the highest frequency of C/C and G/G homozygous patients with TB, in contrast to the control group, statistically significant differences for the C/C genotype however were lost after Bonferroni correction of the P-values. Conclusion: Altogether, our results suggest that the polymorphisms in HLA (class I) and cytokine (IL-10) genes may affect the susceptibility to TB and increase the risk of developing the disease.
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Simultaneous and rapid differential diagnosis of Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum based on a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism
R Mirnejad, N Amirmozafari, B Kazemi
January-March 2011, 29(1):33-36
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76521  PMID:21304192
Objectives: The aim of this investigation was to simultaneously detect and differentiate Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum in female patients suffering from genital complications by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP). Materials and Methods : Genital swabs were taken from 210 patients. They were transported to the laboratory in phosphate-buffered saline. For PCR, samples were analysed with genus-specific MyUu-R and MyUu-F primers. This primer set, which was originally designed in our laboratory, amplified a 465 bp fragment (M. genitalium) and a 559 bp fragment (U. urealyticum). Samples containing a band of the expected sizes for the Mycoplasma strains were subjected to digestion with a restriction endonuclease enzyme of TaqI and Cac8I. Results: Of the 210 samples, a total of 100 (47.6%) samples were found to be positive for Mycoplasmas (seven M. genitalium isolates, 3.3%; and 89 U. urealyticum isolates, 42.4%), and coinfections with both species were detected in four samples (1.9%). The PCR-RFLP results showed that M. genitalium and U. urealyticum are different by enzyme patterns. Conclusion: PCR-RFLP offers a rapid and easily applicable protocol to simultaneous detection and differentiation of M. genitalium and U. urealyticum from clinical samples when specific primers and restriction enzymes are used.
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Laboratory confirmed outbreak of meningococcal infections in Tripura
T Majumdar, S Bhattacharya, D Barman, R Begum
January-March 2011, 29(1):74-76
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76533  PMID:21304204
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Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine: An update
MK Goel, M Goel, P Khanna, K Mittal
January-March 2011, 29(1):13-18
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76517  PMID:21304188
The world witnessed a the first influenza pandemic in this century and fourth overall since first flu pandemic was reported during the World War I. The past experiences with influenza viruses and this pandemic of H1N1 place a consider­able strain on health services and resulted in serious illnesses and a large number of deaths. Develop­ing countries were declared more likely to be at risk from the pandemic effects, as they faced the dual problem of highly vulnerable populations and limited resources to respond H1N1. The public health experts agreed that vaccination is the most effective ways to mitigate the negative effects of the pandemic. The vaccines for H1N1 virus have been used in over 40 coun­tries and administered to over 200 million people helped in a great way and on August 10, 2010, World Health Organization (WHO) announced H1N1 to be in postpandemic period. But based on knowledge about past pandemics, the H1N1 (2009) virus is expected to continue to circulate as a seasonal virus and may undergo some agenic-variation. As WHO strongly recommends vaccination, vigilance for regular updating of the composition of influenza vaccines, based on an assessment of the future impact of circulating viruses along with safety surveillance of the vaccines is necessary. This review has been done to take a stock of the currently available H1N1 vaccines and their possible use as public health intervention in the postpandemic period.
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Tuberculosis of nose and palate with vanishing uvula
B Baruah, A Goyal, NB Shunyu, ZA Lynrah, V Raphael
January-March 2011, 29(1):63-65
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76528  PMID:21304199
During the past two decades, tuberculosis - both pulmonary and extrapulmonary - has re-emerged as a major health problem worldwide. Nasal tuberculosis - either primary or secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis or facial lupus - is rare, but it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of nasal granulomas. We describe a case of tuberculosis in an adult male who presented with palatal perforation with vanishing uvula and arch deformity of the palate. The diagnosis was based on histopathology and patient's successful response to antituberculous drug treatment.
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Bacteremia due to Rhodococcus equi in an immunocompetent infant
P Devi, S Malhotra, A Chadha
January-March 2011, 29(1):65-68
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76529  PMID:21304200
Rhodococcus equi , previously known as Corynebacterium equi, is one of the most important causes of zoonotic infection in grazing animals. Increased cases of human infection with R. equi have been reported especially in immunocompromised patients. Infection in immunocompetent patients is extremely rare. We report a case of R. equi bacteremia in a 26-day-old immunocompetent infant with recurrent swellings on different parts of the body. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever report of R. equi bacteremia from an immunocompetent patient from Northern India.
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Vancomycin-dependent Enterococcus
RA Swann, S Bhattacharya
January-March 2011, 29(1):71-72
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76531  PMID:21304202
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Extended spectrum beta-lactamase production in Shigella isolates - A matter of concern
SR Varghese, A Aggarwal
January-March 2011, 29(1):76-78
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76534  PMID:21304205
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Neonatal listeriosis: A case report from sub-Himalayas
R Adhikary, S Joshi
January-March 2011, 29(1):79-79
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76536  PMID:21304207
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Moving forward....
R Kanungo
January-March 2011, 29(1):1-1
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76514  PMID:21304185
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BinaxNOW® - An immunochromatographic test for the diagnosis of human influenza viruses: Comparison with viral culture and polymerase chain reaction
S Bhattacharya, H Osman
January-March 2011, 29(1):19-21
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76518  PMID:21304189
Purpose: A rapid test for influenza viruses (Binax NOW® ) was evaluated. Materials and Methods: In season-1, 35 respiratory samples were tested retrospectively; in season-2, 45 samples were tested prospectively [gold-standard: viral culture in season-1, culture+ reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in season-2]. Results: Sensitivity for Binax for influenza A was 59.3 and 0% in season-1 and -2, respectively. Sensitivity was low for influenza B (33.3% in season-1, 26.1% in season-2). Samples having low viral load were more likely to have a negative Binax test. Specificity of Binax was high (100 and 94.7% with influenza A and B, respectively). Conclusion: Sensitivity information provided in the kit insert does not always reflect post licensure performance in clinical settings.
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Cost-effective screening of pooled faecal specimens from patients with nosocomial diarrhoea for Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin
C Vaishnavi, G Singh, K Singh
January-March 2011, 29(1):56-59
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.76526  PMID:21304197
Purpose: Clostridium perfringens is a significant cause of nosocomial AAD. The prevalence of C. perfringens enterotoxin (CPE)-positive stool specimens in hospitalised patients is very low in the Indian setting making the diagnostics very expensive. Therefore, a cost-effective diagnostic approach to screen faecal specimens for CPE was devised. Materials and Methods: Faecal specimens from 540 hospitalised patients with various ailments and from 340 healthy subjects were investigated for CPE. An aliquot of pooled faecal supernatants was made by mixing 100 μl each of 10 specimens to be tested. Each aliquot was investigated for the presence of CPE by an enzyme immunoassay. A repetition of the assay was done with individual specimens of the pooled aliquots from each positive well as seen visually by colour development. Results: Of the 540 patient specimens tested, 405 (75%) patients were on antibiotics, the predominant ones being cephalosporins, penicillin, quinolones, aminoglycosides, etc. During the time of sampling, diarrhoea was present in 481 (89%), abdomen pain in 203 (37.6%) and fever in 242 (44.8%) patients. C. perfringens enterotoxin was positive in nine wells of the 540 pooled test specimens whereas all of the pooled 340 control samples were negative. Repeat of individual specimens comprising the nine wells with positive samples helped to identify the individual patients positive for CPE. Conclusion: Only two CPE kits were needed for a total of 880 faecal specimens tested. The cost-effective diagnostic approach to screen faecal specimens for CPE, as described herein will help to save institutional resources.
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Research snippets from the medical world
P Desikan
January-March 2011, 29(1):80-81
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