Pediatricians have another weapon in their arsenal to fight infections that have shown resistance to common antibiotics, according to data presented today by a team of investigators led by Baylor College of Medicine.
Study results showed that linezolid, a new type of antibiotic, is well-tolerated and as effective as the most common antibiotic, vancomycin, in treating infants and children with known or suspected gram-positive infections, reported Dr. Sheldon Kaplan, Baylor professor of pediatrics, to the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting in Chicago. The results were presented in four posters.
"Incidence of these infections is increasing at an alarming rate in children in the community without typical risk factors, such as recent hospitalization," said Kaplan, also chief of the infectious disease service at Texas Childrens Hospital. "This underscores the need for new treatments for children with hard-to-treat resistant gram-positive infections, because there are limited options available for this age group."
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