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Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in pneumococci

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.819b (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:819
  1. Peter Wilson, Consultant microbiologist,
  2. D Lewis, Registrar in microbiology,
  3. Peter Jenks, Lecturer in microbiology,
  4. S Hoque, Lecturer in microbiology
  1. Newham District Microbiology Laboratories, St Andrew's Hospital, London E3 3NT
  2. Microbiology Laboratories, Royals Hospital Trust, London E1 1BB

    Prevalence of resistance to penicillin is higher in east London …

    EDITOR,—Alan P Johnson and colleagues report that the prevalence of intermediate or full resistance to penicillin was 3.9% in England and Wales in 1995 and that the prevalence of resistance to erythromycin was 8.6%.1 We have examined the prevalence of resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae to common antimicrobial agents in two consecutive periods in east London.

    In our first study we determined the antimicrobial susceptibilities of sequential clinical isolates of pneumococci obtained during January to September 1994. Seven (12%) of 60 …

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