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Volume 3, Number 2—June 1997

Synopsis

Rhodococcus equi and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum: Two "Coryneform" Bacteria Increasingly Recognized as Agents of Human Infection

Regina LinderComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Hunter College, New York, New York, USA

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Table 1

Rhodococcus equi case reports in humans: 1967-1996

Years Cases Predisposing condition (number) Primary site of infection (number) Deaths Referencesa
1967-76 7 Corticosteroid (1) Lung (6) 0 8-10
Cancer/immunosuppressant (3) Lymphatic (1)
Renal transplant (2)
Noneb (1)
1977-86 15 Corticosteroid (1) Lung (14) 8 8-10,22
Cancer/immunosuppressant (4) Blood (1)
Renal transplant (2)
HIV (7)
Alcoholism (1)
1987-96 93 Cancer/immunosuppressant (8) Lung (72) 34 8-13,22
Renal transplant (3) Lymphatic (2)
HIV (67) Blood (8)
Otherc (8) (1b) Wound (6)
None (7) (4b) Otherd (5)

aIn the interest of space, case compilations are cited in lieu of individual case reports.
bChild
cIncludes intravenous drug use, lab infection, emphysema, kidney disease.
dCentral nervous system, gastrointestinal

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