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Summary

Surface bacterial flora, as well as homogenates, of medical leeches, and , were surveyed and the susceptibility of these isolates to 15 antimicrobial agents was examined. spp. were isolated from all leeches, and and other glucose-non-fermenting gram-negative rods (NF-GNR) were frequent isolates. Isolates were highly resistant to cephalosporins but susceptible to carbapenems, aminoglycosides and ofloxacin. The results indicate that prophylaxis with antimicrobial agents active against spp. and NF-GNR is necessary to avoid opportunist infections caused by indigenous leech flora during medical leech therapy on immunocompromised patients.

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1996-12-01
2019-11-20
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