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Bacterial aetiology and antimicrobial resistance pattern in culture positive enteric fever in a private hospital in Sri Lanka

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Suchetha Charukeshi Illapperuma ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Enoka Marie Corea,

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Medicine
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Suneth Buddika Agampodi

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Abstract

There is a paucity of information on enteric fever in Sri Lanka. This laboratory-based study aimed to identify the causative agent and demographic profile of patients with blood culture confirmed enteric fever at a private hospital in Colombo between February 2011 and November 2012. There were 100 isolates, S. Paratyphi A (n=92) and S. Typhi (n=8). Eighty-three patients were below 40 years. Antimicrobial resistance was seen to ciprofloxacin and azithromycin. If the emergence of S. Paratyphi A as an important cause of enteric fever is confirmed by further studies, the development of a bivalent vaccine effective against both typhoid and paratyphoid fever will be required for prevention of enteric fever.
How to Cite: Illapperuma, S.C., Corea, E.M. and Agampodi, S.B., 2019. Bacterial aetiology and antimicrobial resistance pattern in culture positive enteric fever in a private hospital in Sri Lanka. Journal of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, 6(1), pp.E82 1–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jpgim.8198
Published on 11 Mar 2019.
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