Extent of antibiotic use in Taiwan shown by antimicrobial activity in urine

Yung Ching Liu, Wen Kuei Huang, Tsi S. Huang, Calvin M. Kunin

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Taiwan has high prevalence of antibiotic resistant, community-acquired respiratory pathogens. We investigated whether there was a high frequency of antibiotic use in the community. Antimicrobial activity in urine was detected in 55.2% of 1182 patients on arrival at an emergency department, 25.1% of 203 internal medicine out-patients, 7.6% of 471 high school students, and 7.4% of 202 people at a centre for senior citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1360
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9187
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 1999
Externally publishedYes


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