Nationwide surveillance in Taiwan of the in-vitro activity of tigecycline against clinical isolates of Gram-positive cocci

Shih Ming Tsao, Hsiu Chen Lin, Chun Ming Lee, Gwo Jong Hsu, Chih Ming Chen, Wu Sun, Yung Ching Liu, Tsrang Neng Jang, Yu Jen Cheng, Po Liang Lu, Ping Chreng Chiang, Lih Shinn Wang, Hsiang Chi Kung, Yin Ching Chuang, Zhi Yuan Shi, Jien Wei Liu, Cheng Hua Huang, Chin Te Lu, Chun Hsing Liao, Po Ren Hsueh

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Abstract

Tigecycline In-vitro Surveillance in Taiwan (TIST), initiated in 2006, is a nationwide surveillance programme designed to monitor longitudinally the in-vitro activity of tigecycline against commonly encountered resistant bacteria in Taiwan. This study, part of TIST-2006 study, aimed to compare the in-vitro activity of tigecycline against clinical isolates of Gram-positive bacteria. A total of 805 isolates of Gram-positive bacteria were collected from patients treated at 20 teaching hospitals. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of tigecycline for these isolates were determined by the broth microdilution method according to the guidelines of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and by the Etest as per the manufacturer's instructions. Susceptibility results were interpreted by the MIC criteria recommended by the US FDA. Agreement between the two methods was low: 80.7% for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 27.2% for Streptococcus pneumoniae, 22.8% for other Streptococcus spp., and 30.8% for vancomycin-resistant E. faecium (VRE). There were no very major or major errors noted. Tigecycline exhibited excellent in-vitro activity against Gram-positive cocci, including MRSA, VRE, S. pneumoniae and other Streptococcus spp. isolates in Taiwan. Correlation between MIC values determined using the broth microdilution and Etest methods for these organisms was poor.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Volume32
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Broth microdilution
  • Etest
  • Gram-positive cocci
  • Taiwan
  • Tigecycline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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