Epidemiological study of Aspergillosis in a tertiary university hospital during a period of constructions

G.L. Petrikkos, P. Giakkoupi, I. Georgopoulos, A. Skiada, A. Kanta, A. Avlami, E. Petrikkou, A. Toskas, E. Roilides, G.R Athens


Introduction: Nosocomial aspergillosis is a well known complication of immunosuppression in cancer patients and those undergoing transplantation and has usually been associated with major building construction or demolition. Aim of the study: Recording of invasive aspergillosis in an Athens hospital during a construction's period, isolation, identification and sensitivity testing of the corresponding fungi. Material and methods: The period of constructions lasted from February 1998 till October 2000. During this time, 22 cases of aspergillosis were identified from the hospital records and characterized as definite according to the extent of supportive clinical and laboratory findings. All fungal isolates were identified by standard culture and morphological appearance. Sensitivity testing against amphotericin B and itraconazole was performed with the broth microdilution method according to the guidelines of the CCLS.

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11th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • ECCMID 11th (2001)