Epidemiology of fungal infections in a general hospital of Caracas, Venezuela

Autores: Rodríguez Cruz N, Rodríguez Morales Alfonso J, García Ada, Pastran Bileida, Meijomil Pilar


Este trabajo ha sido previamente presentado en parte en el 12th International Congress on Infectious Diseases, Lisboa, Portugal. 15-18 Junio de 2006 (ISE.316). Fungal infections are emergent diseases in hospital institutions. Bacteraemia and fungaemia are among the most frequent hospital-acquired infections. Increase on immunosuppressive diseases and conditions have been influencing the epidemiological pattern of mycoses in hospitalized patients.[1-8] For these reasons we studied the epidemiology of fangal infections in a general hospital of Caracas, Venezuela, in a 10-year period, between 1992 and 2003. All clinical samples were processed at the microbiology culture, with special stains and convencional cultures, then identifying the organisms by morphology and with automated systems. In this period, 893 patients with fungal infections were evaluated, 56.7% female and 43.3% female. Mean age was 39.7 ± 24.9 years old, 11.5% belong to the group <10 years old. Most common clinical mycotic infection was urinary tract infection (34.2%)followed by vascular catheter-related infection (11.4%), vaginal infections (10.8%), lower respiratory tract infections (10.8%), fungemia (7.6%), among others (Figure 1).

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