Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are frequently defined as bacteria with resistance to three or more classes of antimicrobials. Common examples include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)–producing Enterobacteriaceae, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE). The challenges of managing these infections are illustrated in the following two cases.
With increasing affordability and availability of international travel, many endemic infections once restricted to overseas regions are now not uncommonly seen in our locality. Three cases of important arthropod-borne infections from returned travellers are reported and discussed.
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Urogenital infections remain a major reason for women to visit their family physician and their subsequent referral to obstetrics and gynaecology or urology specialists. The association between abnormal vaginal microbiota and an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as an increased rate of preterm labour, indicates the need to better understand and manage urogenital health in women. Probiotics are “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. As such, there is a sound rationale for using probiotics to maintain female vaginal and bladder health.
Twice-daily administration of a combined Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus helveticus probiotic in children with suspected gastroenteritis fails to prevent the development of moderate-to-severe gastroenteritis within 2 weeks after presentation, as shown in a recent study.
A retrospective cohort study of nearly 2,000 patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) found a higher rate of ischaemic stroke compared with a cohort of patients with influenza A/B.