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Azithromycin for Salmonella infection: don’t presume it works

Alan J Rogers, Gar-hing A Lee and Peter Boan
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (2): 98. || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00372
Published online: 16 July 2018

Salmonella infection manifests as enteritis and enteric fever, predominantly acquired overseas. When required, therapy with azithromycin, ciprofloxacin or ceftriaxone is recommended by the Therapeutic guidelines: antibiotic;1 however, reduced susceptibility to fluoroquinolones in Asia limits the use of ciprofloxacin unless susceptibility is confirmed.2 The Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded a 546% increase in short term departures to Indonesia over 10 years, with 1.2 million nationally in 2016.3

  • Alan J Rogers1
  • Gar-hing A Lee1,2
  • Peter Boan1,3

  • 1 PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Perth, WA
  • 2 Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA
  • 3 Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, WA


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