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20 March 2018

Dear colleagues,

The registration deadline for the ESGAP course on antimicrobial stewardship has been extended to 4 April. Register now.

Your ESCMID communications editors


Only 1 month left until the 28th edition of ECCMID

In a little more than 30 days we will open the gates at IFEMA for another record-breaking ECCMID. If you have not yet registered, you can still do so online for this scientific highlight. For those of you who have submitted a late-breaker abstract for ECCMID 2018, the notifications were sent out last Friday so please check your inbox. We are also pleased to let you know that our hotel department still has some good hotels in proximity: The AXOR Feria hotel & the Marriott Auditorium. Both are a 10 min. drive from the venue and we have a daily transfer arranged at both hotels. If you want to book or receive more information, please visit our hotel website.

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CMI highlight: standard precautions for controlling ESBL-PE spread remain relevant

Jolivet et al performed a serial cross-sectional survey in a French university hospital to determine the prevalence and associated factors for carriage of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE). Overall, 146/844 (17%) patients were digestive carriers of ESBL-PE, with 96 (66%) not previously identified. In these patients, E. coli (62%) and CTX-M type (94%) predominated. Risk factors associated with ESBL-PE carriage included higher age, recent travel abroad, receipt of antibiotic, and prolonged hospitalisation. The authors concluded that given the high prevalence of ESBL-PE, and the high proportion of unknown carriers, reinforcement of standard precautions, rather than contact precautions, for controlling ESBL-PE spread are recommended.

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