… and Northern Ireland

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.820a (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:820
  1. C E Goldsmith, Department of Health and Social Services research registrar in medical microbiology,
  2. J E Moore, Clinical scientist in medical microbiology,
  3. P G Murphy, Consultant medical microbiologist
  1. Molecular Epidemiology Research Unit, Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast BT9 7AD

    EDITOR,—Alan P Johnson and colleagues state that while the prevalence of resistance to penicillin in pneumococci in England and Wales is increasing, resistance to cefotaxime is still rare.1 We report data from similar studies at the Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory.

    In a study of 488 consecutive routine clinical isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae sent to this laboratory in 1988, only four (0.8%) were found to be resistant to penicillin (minimum inhibitory concentration >/=0.1 mg/l).2 Subsequently, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, sporadic isolates that were resistant to penicillin were detected—on average …

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