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1.  First Imported Case of Skin Infection Caused by PVL-positive ST30 Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clone in a Returning Korean Traveler from the Philippines 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2013;28(7):1100-1102.
Although pandemic community-associated (CA-) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST30 clone has successfully spread into many Asian countries, there has been no case in Korea. We report the first imported case of infection caused by this clone in a Korean traveler returning from the Philippines. A previously healthy 30-yr-old Korean woman developed a buttock carbuncle while traveling in the Philippines. After coming back to Korea, oral cephalosporin was given by a primary physician without any improvement. Abscess was drained and MRSA strain isolated from her carbuncle was molecularly characterized and it was confirmed as ST30-MRSA-IV. She was successfully treated with vancomycin and surgery. Frequent international travel and migration have increased the risk of international spread of CA-MRSA clones. The efforts to understand the changing epidemiology of CA-MRSA should be continued, and we should raise suspicion of CA-MRSA infection in travelers with skin infections returning from CA-MRSA-endemic countries.
PMCID: PMC3708085  PMID: 23853497
Staphylococcus aureus; Methicillin Resistance; Community-Acquired Infections; Carbuncle; Travel
2.  A third case of USA300 community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in Korea 
PMCID: PMC3604620  PMID: 23524494
Staphylococcus aureus; Methicillin resistance; Community-acquired infections; Genotype
3.  Acute pyelonephritis in a horseshoe kidney 
PMCID: PMC3604622  PMID: 23526874
4.  First Report of Vancomycin-Intermediate Resistance in Sequence Type 72 Community Genotype Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(7):2513-2514.
Vancomycin-intermediate resistance has not been previously reported among sequence type 72 (ST72) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates of SCCmec type IV (ST72-MRSA-IV), which are distinctive community genotype strains in Korea. We report the first case of vancomycin treatment failure due to development of vancomycin-intermediate resistance in infection caused by an ST72-MRSA-IV isolate.
PMCID: PMC3405585  PMID: 22553243
5.  First Case of Bartonella quintana Endocarditis in Korea 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2012;27(11):1433-1435.
Since microbial gene sequencing was utilized for etiologic diagnosis of culture-negative endocarditis, cases of Bartonella endocarditis have been reported in various countries. Herein we report the first case of Bartonella quintana endocarditis, which was confirmed for the first time in Korea by 16S rRNA gene sequencing from the excised valve. A 75-yr-old woman was hospitalized due to dyspnea. Echocardiography demonstrated large oscillating vegetation at the aortic valve. Blood culture was negative. She underwent valve replacement and sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene from excised valve identified Bartonella quintana. She was successfully treated with combined use of ceftriaxone and gentamicin.
PMCID: PMC3492683  PMID: 23166430
Infective Endocarditis; Bartonella quintana; 16S rRNA; Gene Sequencing
6.  Post-influenza Pneumonia Caused by the USA300 Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Korea 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2012;27(3):313-316.
Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-positive USA300 clone has been the most successful community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) clone spreading in North America. In contrast, PVL-negative ST72-CA-MRSA has been predominant in Korea, and there has been no report of infections by the USA300 strain except only one case report of perianal infection. Here, we describe the first case of pneumonia caused by the USA300 strain following pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in Korea. A 50-year-old man was admitted with fever and cough and chest radiograph showed pneumonic consolidation at the right lower lung zone. He received a ventilator support because of respiratory failure. PCR for pandemic influenza A (H1N1) in nasopharyngeal swab was positive, and culture of sputum and endotracheal aspirate grew MRSA. Typing of the isolate revealed that it was PVL-positive, ST 8-MRSA-SCCmec type IV. The analysis of the PFGE patterns showed that this isolate was the same pulsotype as the USA300 strain.
PMCID: PMC3286780  PMID: 22379344
Influenza, Human; Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Pneumonia
7.  Role of T Lymphocytes in Liver Abscess Formation by Bacteroides fragilis in Mice ▿  
Infection and Immunity  2011;79(6):2234-2240.
The underlying mechanisms of liver abscess formation have not been fully elucidated with regard to the interaction between bacterial virulence factors and the immune response. The objective of this study was to determine the role of the host T cells in liver abscess formation caused by Bacteroides fragilis. We developed a liver abscess mouse model with inoculation of B. fragilis through the hepatic portal vein and examined the role of T cells by studying T cell-deficient mice, as well as conducting adoptive T cell transfer experiments. No microabscess was formed in the αβ T cell receptor-positive (αβTCR+) T cell-depleted mice, in contrast to the results for the control mice. In addition, the αβTCR knockout (KO) mice showed significantly lower numbers of microabscesses, and the abscesses were smaller in size than those in the wild-type mice. Adoptive transfer of T cells purified from the wild-type mice into the αβTCR KO mice resulted in liver abscess formation in those mice. These findings suggest that T cells play an essential role in liver abscess formation caused by B. fragilis in mice.
PMCID: PMC3125848  PMID: 21444668
9.  Nasal Deformity Due to Tuberculous Chondritis 
Tuberculosis (TB) is a common disease worldwide. However, nasal TB is quite rare, and the diagnosis of nasal TB requires a high index of suspicion. The most common symptoms of this unusual presentation are nasal obstruction and nasal discharge. We present a case of nasal TB with involvement of the hard palate presenting with a chronically progressive nasal deformity and ulceration of the hard palate. A biopsy confirmed the diagnosis, and medication for TB was started and the lesions resolved. When a patient presents with chronic ulcerative lesions that do not respond to antibiotic treatment, TB should be included in the differential diagnosis. Biopsy of the lesion can aid in the confirmation of the diagnosis.
PMCID: PMC4135162  PMID: 25177442
Tuberculosis; Chondritis; Nose; Deformity
10.  Can Levofloxacin Be a Useful Alternative to Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole for Treating Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Bacteremia? 
A retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of levofloxacin in the treatment of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteremia. The 30-day mortality rates were similar between the trimerthoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) and levofloxacin treatment groups. Adverse events related to antibiotics occurred more frequently in patients receiving TMP-SMX, and recurrent bacteremia due to levofloxacin-resistant S. maltophilia strains developed in patients treated with levofloxacin. Our data suggest that levofloxacin can be a useful alternative option for treating S. maltophilia infections.
PMCID: PMC3910801  PMID: 24126583
11.  Significant Reduction in Rate of Indeterminate Results of the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube Test by Shortening Incubation Delay 
The QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-G IT) test (Cellestis Inc., Valencia, CA) is one of the gamma interferon release assays (IGRAs) that are promising tools for diagnosing active or latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections. We investigated the clinical and laboratory factors that affect the rate of indeterminate QFT-G IT test results. We also suggest a workflow strategy for achieving optimized test results using the QFT-G IT test for the diagnosis of active tuberculosis (TB) or latent TB infection. We performed statistical analysis using data from a retrospective review of medical records. The first phase included 683 QFT-G IT test results from 676 patients tested between January 2008 and May 2008, and the second phase included an additional 663 QFT-G IT test results from 653 patients tested between January 2008 and December 2008 at Samsung Medical Center, a tertiary care hospital in South Korea. Immunosuppressive drug therapy, underlying diseases, bedridden status, and hypoalbuminemia were significantly associated with indeterminate QFT-G IT test results. With reduction of the incubation delay during the test procedure from an average of 9.82 h to an average of 2.70 h with changes in the workflow, the frequency of indeterminate QFT-G IT test results was significantly reduced from 11.4% to 2.7%. With >6 h of incubation delay, however, the frequency of indeterminate QFT-G IT test results was increased in a statistically significant manner. This study demonstrates that not only clinicopathological factors but also laboratory factors, such as incubation delay, significantly affect the rate of indeterminate QFT-G IT test results; therefore, optimization of the test procedure may contribute to reductions in the rate of indeterminate QFT-G IT test results, which delay the diagnosis of TB.
PMCID: PMC3911472  PMID: 24153122
12.  Spread of Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Global Clone 2 in Asia and AbaR-Type Resistance Islands 
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy  2013;57(11):5239-5246.
In this surveillance study, we identified the genotypes, carbapenem resistance determinants, and structural variations of AbaR-type resistance islands among carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) isolates from nine Asian locales. Clonal complex 92 (CC92), corresponding to global clone 2 (GC2), was the most prevalent in most Asian locales (83/108 isolates; 76.9%). CC108, or GC1, was a predominant clone in India. OXA-23 oxacillinase was detected in CRAB isolates from most Asian locales except Taiwan. blaOXA-24 was found in CRAB isolates from Taiwan. AbaR4-type resistance islands, which were divided into six subtypes, were identified in most CRAB isolates investigated. Five isolates from India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong contained AbaR3-type resistance islands. Of these, three isolates harbored both AbaR3- and AbaR4-type resistance islands simultaneously. In this study, GC2 was revealed as a prevalent clone in most Asian locales, with the AbaR4-type resistance island predominant, with diverse variants. The significance of this study lies in identifying the spread of global clones of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii in Asia.
PMCID: PMC3811275  PMID: 23939892
13.  Extensively Drug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, South Korea, 2011–2012 
Emerging Infectious Diseases  2014;20(5):869-871.
To better understand extensively drug resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, we assessed clinical and microbiological characteristics of 5 extensively drug-resistant pneumococcal isolates. We concluded that long-term care facility residents who had undergone tracheostomy might be reservoirs of these pneumococci; 13- and 23-valent pneumococcal vaccines should be considered for high-risk persons; and antimicrobial drugs should be used judiciously.
PMCID: PMC4012805  PMID: 24750694
Streptococcus pneumoniae; extensively drug-resistant; bacteria; South Korea; antimicrobial drug resistance
14.  Native valve endocarditis due to extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Klebsiella pneumoniae 
PMCID: PMC4028533  PMID: 24851078
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase; Klebsiella pneumoniae; Endocarditis
15.  Mortality of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Korea: Assessed with the Pneumonia Severity Index and the CURB-65 Score 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2013;28(9):1276-1282.
The pneumonia severity index (PSI) and CURB-65 are widely used tools for the prediction of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). This study was conducted to evaluate validation of severity scoring system including the PSI and CURB-65 scores of Korean CAP patients. In the prospective CAP cohort (participated in by 14 hospitals in Korea from January 2009 to September 2011), 883 patients aged over 18 yr were studied. The 30-day mortalities of all patients were calculated with their PSI index classes and CURB scores. The overall mortality rate was 4.5% (40/883). The mortality rates per CURB-65 score were as follows: score 0, 2.3% (6/260); score 1, 4.0% (12/300); score 2, 6.0% (13/216); score 3, 5.7% (5/88); score 4, 23.5% (4/17); and score 5, 0% (0/2). Mortality rate with PSI risk class were as follows: I, 2.3% (4/174); II, 2.7% (5/182); III, 2.3% (5/213); IV, 4.5% (11/245); and V, 21.7% (15/69). The subgroup mortality rate of Korean CAP patients varies based on the severity scores and CURB-65 is more valid for the lower scores, and PSI, for the higher scores. Thus, these variations must be considered when using PSI and CURB-65 for CAP in Korean patients.
PMCID: PMC3763099  PMID: 24015030
Pneumonia; Prognosis; Severity Index
16.  Community-Acquired Necrotizing Pneumonia Caused by ST72-SCCmec Type IV-Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Korea 
Methcillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has emerged as an important cause of community-acquired infections, which has been recently designated as community-associated (CA) MRSA. Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-negative multilocus sequence type 72 (ST72)-staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) type IV has been reported as the predominat CA-MRSA strain in Korea and is commonly associated with skin and soft tissue infections in addition to healthcare-associated pneumonia. However, community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) for this strain has not yet been reported. We hereby report two cases of CAP caused by PVL-negative ST72-SCCmec type IV strain in patients who had no risk factors for MRSA acquisition. While CA-MRSA infections are not yet prevalent in Korea, our cases suggest that CA-MRSA should be considered in cases of severe CAP, especially for cases associated with necrotizing pneumonia.
PMCID: PMC3766813  PMID: 24023561
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Pneumonia; Community-Acquired Infections; Korea
17.  Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Community-Onset Bacteremia Caused by Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli over a 6-Year Period 
Journal of Korean Medical Science  2013;28(7):998-1004.
Although extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-EC) has emerged as a significant community-acquired pathogen, there is little epidemiological information regarding community-onset bacteremia due to ESBL-EC. A retrospective observational study from 2006 through 2011 was performed to evaluate the epidemiology of community-onset bacteremia caused by ESBL-EC. In a six-year period, the proportion of ESBL-EC responsible for causing community-onset bacteremia had increased significantly, from 3.6% in 2006 to 14.3%, in 2011. Of the 97 clinically evaluable cases with ESBL-EC bacteremia, 32 (33.0%) were further classified as healthcare-associated infections. The most common site of infection was urinary tract infection (n=35, 36.1%), followed by biliary tract infections (n=29, 29.9%). Of the 103 ESBL-EC isolates, 43 (41.7%) produced CTX-M-14 and 36 (35.0%) produced CTX-M-15. In the multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis of 76 isolates with CTX-M-14 or -15 type ESBLs, the most prevalent sequence type (ST) was ST131 (n=15, 19.7%), followed by ST405 (n=12, 15.8%) and ST648 (n=8, 10.5%). No significant differences in clinical features were found in the ST131 group versus the other group. These findings suggest that epidemic ESBL-EC clones such as CTX-M-14 or -15 type ESBLs and ST131 have disseminated in community-onset infections, even in bloodstream infections, which are the most serious type of infection.
PMCID: PMC3708098  PMID: 23853481
Escherichia coli; Community-Acquired Infections; Cephalosporin Resistance; Bacteremia; Epidemiology
18.  Bacteremic Pneumonia Caused by Extensively Drug-Resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(12):4175-4177.
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance threatens the successful treatment of pneumococcal infections. Here we report a case of bacteremic pneumonia caused by an extremely drug-resistant strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae, nonsusceptible to at least one agent in all classes but vancomycin and linezolid, posing an important new public health threat in our region.
PMCID: PMC3502956  PMID: 23052301
19.  Cervical Lymphadenitis Caused by Group D Non-typhoidal Salmonella Associated with Concomitant Lymphoma 
Infection & Chemotherapy  2013;45(2):234-238.
Non-typhoidal Salmonella species are important foodborne pathogens that can cause gastroenteritis, bacteremia, and subsequent focal infections. Non-typhoidal salmonellosis is problematic, particularly in immunocompromised hosts. Any anatomical site can be affected by this pathogen via hematogenous seeding and may develop local infections. However, cervical lymphadenitis caused by non-typhoidal Salmonella species is rarely reported. Herein, we have reported a case of cervical lymphadenitis caused by group D non-typhoidal Salmonella associated with lymphoma.
PMCID: PMC3780951  PMID: 24265973
Lymphadenitis; Salmonella; Lymphoma
21.  Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis Due to Neisseria skkuensis, a Novel Neisseria Species 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(8):2820-2822.
We describe the first reported case of endocarditis due to Neisseria skkuensis. The organism from the blood cultures taken on admission day was identified initially as unidentified Gram-negative cocci by Vitek2. Finally, it was identified as Neisseria skkuensis by 16 rRNA gene sequence analysis.
PMCID: PMC3421520  PMID: 22675133
22.  Evaluation of the GenBank, EzTaxon, and BIBI Services for Molecular Identification of Clinical Blood Culture Isolates That Were Unidentifiable or Misidentified by Conventional Methods 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(5):1792-1795.
We compared the 16S rRNA gene sequencing results analyzed with the GenBank, EzTaxon, and BIBI databases for blood culture specimens for which identifications were incomplete, conflicting, or unidentifiable using conventional methods. Analyses performed using GenBank combined with EzTaxon (kappa = 0.79) were more discriminative than those using other databases alone or in combination with a second database.
PMCID: PMC3347139  PMID: 22403421
23.  Changing Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance and Serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae Isolates in Asian Countries: an Asian Network for Surveillance of Resistant Pathogens (ANSORP) Study 
Antimicrobial resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae remains a serious concern worldwide, particularly in Asian countries, despite the introduction of heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). The Asian Network for Surveillance of Resistant Pathogens (ANSORP) performed a prospective surveillance study of 2,184 S. pneumoniae isolates collected from patients with pneumococcal infections from 60 hospitals in 11 Asian countries from 2008 to 2009. Among nonmeningeal isolates, the prevalence rate of penicillin-nonsusceptible pneumococci (MIC, ≥4 μg/ml) was 4.6% and penicillin resistance (MIC, ≥8 μg/ml) was extremely rare (0.7%). Resistance to erythromycin was very prevalent in the region (72.7%); the highest rates were in China (96.4%), Taiwan (84.9%), and Vietnam (80.7%). Multidrug resistance (MDR) was observed in 59.3% of isolates from Asian countries. Major serotypes were 19F (23.5%), 23F (10.0%), 19A (8.2%), 14 (7.3%), and 6B (7.3%). Overall, 52.5% of isolates showed PCV7 serotypes, ranging from 16.1% in Philippines to 75.1% in Vietnam. Serotypes 19A (8.2%), 3 (6.2%), and 6A (4.2%) were the most prominent non-PCV7 serotypes in the Asian region. Among isolates with serotype 19A, 86.0% and 79.8% showed erythromycin resistance and MDR, respectively. The most remarkable findings about the epidemiology of S. pneumoniae in Asian countries after the introduction of PCV7 were the high prevalence of macrolide resistance and MDR and distinctive increases in serotype 19A.
PMCID: PMC3294909  PMID: 22232285
24.  Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Community Onset Infections Caused by Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli Strains 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  2012;50(2):312-317.
Limited clinical information is available regarding community onset infections caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli. A case-control study was performed to evaluate the epidemiology and risk factors of these types of infections. A case patient was defined as a person whose clinical sample yielded ESBL-producing E. coli. For each case patient, one control was randomly chosen from a group of outpatients from whom non-ESBL-producing E. coli had been isolated and for whom a clinical sample had been sent to the same laboratory for culturing during the following week. Of 108 cases of ESBL-producing E. coli, 56 (51.9%) were classified as health care associated (HCA). Univariate analysis showed male gender, HCA infection, severe underlying illness, and a prior receipt of antibiotics to be associated with ESBL-producing E. coli. In the multivariate analysis, HCA infection (odds ratio [OR], 3.18; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.67 to 6.06; P < 0.001) and previous use of antibiotics (OR, 4.88; 95% CI, 2.08 to 11.48; P < 0.001) were found to be significantly associated with the ESBL group. In a multivariate analysis that included each antibiotic, previous use of fluoroquinolone (OR, 7.32; 95% CI, 1.58 to 34.01; P = 0.011) was significantly associated with ESBL-producing E. coli. Of 101 isolates in which ESBLs and their molecular relationships were studied, all isolates produced ESBLs from the CTX-M family (CTX-M-14, 40 isolates; CTX-M-15, 39 isolates; and other members of the CTX-M family, 22 isolates). In conclusion, this study confirms that ESBL-producing E. coli strains are a notable cause of community onset infections in predisposed patients. HCA infection and previous use of fluoroquinolone were significant factors associated with ESBL-producing E. coli in community onset infections.
PMCID: PMC3264158  PMID: 22162561
25.  Osteomyelitis of a long bone due to Fusobacterium nucleatum and Actinomyces meyeri in an immunocompetent adult: A case report and literature review 
BMC Infectious Diseases  2012;12:161.
Fusobacterium species are uncommon causes of osteomyelitis. These organisms are normal flora of the oral cavity. Therefore, they mostly cause osteomyelitis of the head and neck. Hematogenous osteomyelitis at distant sites other than the head and neck has rarely been reported in pediatric or immunocompromised patients. Here, we report the first case of osteomyelitis of a long bone combined with a muscle abscess due to Fusobacterium nucleatum in an otherwise healthy adult.
Case presentation
A 59-year-old Korean man was admitted for pain and swelling of the right lower leg, which had been persistent for two weeks. Magnetic resonance imaging showed osteomyelitis of the right fibula with a surrounding muscle abscess of the right lower leg. Incision and drainage was performed, and repetitive tissue cultures grew F. nucleatum. In this patient, it was presumed that recurrent periodontitis caused hematogenous seeding of F. nucleatum to a distant site leading to osteomyelitis with a muscle abscess. The patient was successfully treated with intravenous ampicillin-sulbactam for three weeks and oral amoxicillin-clavulanate for eight weeks. He also underwent repeated surgical drainage. He has no evidence of recurrence after seven months of follow-up.
Clinicians should be aware that F. nucleatum could be the etiologic agent of hematogenous osteomyelitis of a long bone in an immunocompetent patient.
PMCID: PMC3481430  PMID: 22817336
Fusobacterium nucleatum; Osteomyelitis; Periodontitis

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