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lay interactions with some FDA-approved antibiotics.

David Bruhn, St. Jude Child. Res. Hosp., Memphis, TN, United States

Poster Session 168, Paper L-1346

New Variant of Candida in US

Researchers report five isolates of the Candida africana from 4 patients residing in Virginia and North Carolina suggesting that the organism may now be endemic in the United States. First identified in Africa in 1995, C. africana has been previously isolated in Europe and Japan but until now not the United States.

Kevin Hazen, Duke Univ. Hlth. Syst., Durham, NC, United States

Poster Session 169, Paper M-1382 (summary available)

Alternative Strategies for Dosing Anti-Infective Agents

This symposium is aimed at providing clinicians and researchers with the latest developments on alternative techniques for administering anti-infective agents including aerosol delivery of antibiotics, extended infusions of beta-lactams and individualized drug regimens.

Symposium 173

Herd Immunity following Meningococcal Vaccine

A ten-year surveillance study following the introduction of a meningococcal vaccine for children aged 1-19 in the Netherlands finds a marked decline in invasive meningococcal disease in not only vaccinated but unvaccinated individuals as well with the overall disease rate in 2011 being the lowest since 1971.

Merijn Bijlsma, Academic Med. Ctr., Amsterdam, Netherlands

Slide Session 183, Paper G-1454 (summary available)

Single-Dose HIV Drugs Increase Adherence

Single-tablet therapy improves adherence rates compared to multiple-tablet therapy and subsequently decreases hospitalizations in veterans with HIV/AIDS.

Charles Bennett, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, United States

Slide Session 184, Paper H-1464 (summary available)

High-Dose Therapy Superior in Flu Drug

Critically ill patients with the pandemic H1N1 influenza who received triple the standard dose of

Contact: Garth Hogan
American Society for Microbiology

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