n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Patterns of antimicrobial susceptibility among bacterial pathogens in South Africa : main topic
|Article Title||Patterns of antimicrobial susceptibility among bacterial pathogens in South Africa : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Author||Anne Von Gottberg|
|Publication Date||Apr 2004|
|Pages||189 - 192|
|Keyword(s)||Antimicrobial susceptibility, Bacterial pathogens, South Africa and Surveillance data|
Antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance plays an important role in guiding empirical antimicrobial therapy. <br>Interpreting such data needs to take into consideration the method of testing in the laboratory, the type of specimen from which the organism was isolated, and the type of patient who was selected. <br>Between 15% and 20% of <I>Streptococcus pneumoniae</I> causing meningitis and bacteraemia in South Africa are intermediately resistant to penicillin (levels are higher in the private sector). <br>High-level resistance to penicillin or resistance to 3rd generation cephalosporins is still uncommon, especially in the public sector. <br>Multidrug-resistant <I>Salmonella</I> species are being isolated throughout the country. <br>Accurate antimicrobial susceptibility data for all health care sectors need to be a goal for laboratories throughout the country.
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