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Pneumococci infections in São Paulo City: a molecular epidemiologic study of the EUREQA project

Grant number: 09/00833-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2009
Effective date (End): January 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology - Applied Microbiology
Principal Investigator:Antonio Carlos Campos Pignatari
Grantee:Mirian Silva Do Carmo
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common etiologic agent of community acquired respirator infections and meningitis. In this study we intend to determine the prevalence serotypes of S. pneumoniae isolated at Hospital Sao Paulo and Fleury Medicina e Saúde according to geographical distribution in the Sao Paulo city, the penicillin and ceftriaxone resistance prevalence and geographical distribution, and to investigate the genetic diversity and patterns of dissemination in the Sao Paulo city. This study will be retrospective, period of January 2002 to December 2006, including 100 isolates of S. pneumoniae from both centers. Phenotypic microbiological and molecular techniques will be carried out including PFGE (Pulsed Field Gel Eletrophoresis), PCR and real-time capsular typing and MLST typing. Surveillance studies of S. pneumoniae isolates, including geoprocessing methodology, are important for an appropriated monitoring of the circulating serotypes and antimicrobial resistance in a determined geographic area. (AU)

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