Trends in antimicrobial resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae in children in a Turkish hospital

Sener B., GUNALP A.

JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY, vol.42, no.3, pp.381-384, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/jac/42.3.381
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.381-384
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The antimicrobial susceptibilities of 143 isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae recovered from the sputa of children with lower respiratory tract infections in a Turkish university hospital were determined. Five isolates (3.5%) were resistant and 57 isolates (39.9%) intermediately resistant to penicillin. The most common serotype among these resistant isolates was serotype 23, followed by serotypes 19 and 14. The overall resistance rates were 31% for tetracyline, 11% for erythromycin and cefaclor, 4% for chloramphenicol, 2% for cefotaxime and 0% for vancomycin, The data highlight the need for surveillance of resistance and serotype distribution of S. pneumoniae in our geographical area.