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Nosocomial transmission of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in bone marrow transplant patients

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anne Lennard, Dr Angela Galloway


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Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an unusual cause of clinical infection. We describe three bone marrow transplant patients on a haematology unit who developed possible invasive disease with the organism. Two patients died and both these patients appeared to have a related strain of S. cerevisiae. Screening for S. cerevisiae from throat and stool samples revealed four further patients who were carriers. Genotyping of the invasive and carriage strains demonstrated an indistinguishable strain from patients who had been on the unit at the same time, suggesting cross-infection. (C) 2002 The Hospital Infection Society.

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Author(s): Olver WJ, James SA, Lennard AL, Galloway A, Roberts IN, Boswell TC, Russell NH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Hospital Infection

Year: 2002

Volume: 52

Issue: 4

Pages: 268-272

ISSN (print): 0195-6701

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2939


DOI: 10.1053/jhin.2002.1314


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