Limited spread of penicillin-nonsusceptible pneumococci, Skane County, Sweden
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In response to increasing frequencies of penicillin-non-susceptible pneumococci (PNSP), for which the MIC of penicillin was greater than or equal to0.12 mg/L, in Sk (a) over circle ne County, southern Sweden, national recommendations were initiated in 1995 to limit the spread of pneumococci with high MICs (greater than or equal to0.5 mg/L) of penicillin (PRP), especially among children of preschool age. Traditional communicable disease control measures were combined with actions against inappropriate antimicrobial drug use. During the first 6 years that these recommendations were applied in Sk (a) over circle ne County, the average frequency of penicillin-resistant pneumococci has been stable at approximate to2.6%, as has the average PNSP frequency (7.4%). However, PNSP have been unevenly distributed in the county, with the highest frequencies in the southwest. Simultaneously, the rate of antimicrobial drug use for children <6 years of age was reduced by 20%. Thus the spread of PNSP between and within the municipalities in the county has been limited.
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|Journal||Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|