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Life-Threatening Invasive Helcococcus kunzii Infections in Intravenous-Drug Users and ermA-Mediated Erythromycin Resistance

By Patrick C. Y. Woo, Herman Tse, Samson S. Y. Wong, Cindy W. S. Tse, Ami M. Y. Fung, Dorothy M. W. Tam, Susanna K. P. Lau and Kwok-yung Yuen


We report the first two cases of life-threatening invasive Helcococcus kunzii infection, with primary bacteremia and empyema thoracis, respectively. Gram smears of both H. kunzii isolates showed a mixture of gram-positive and gram-negative cocci. The isolate from the first patient, resistant to erythromycin and clindamycin, possessed an ermA gene

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