The Official Journal of the Turkish Society Of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (KLİMİK)

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September 2023, Volume 5, Issue 3

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Review Article

COVID-19: An Update on Epidemiology, Prevention and Treatment, September-2023

Serap Şimşek-Yavuz

After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to COVID-19 as a global public health emergency on May 5, 2023, we have entered a new era in the pandemic, and most countries have already returned to normal life. This declaration was resulted from the 12-month downward trend of the pandemic, increased immunity due to the highly effective vaccines, decreased death rates, and decreased pressure on once overwhelmed (...) Read More

The Effect of Prophylactic Carbapenem Use on Outcomes in Acute Pancreatitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Merve Büyükkörük and others

The incidence of acute pancreatitis ranges from 2.2-136/100,000 people and increases by 3.7% per year. Necrosis occurs in nearly 15% of acute pancreatitis. The sterile necrosis of pancreatic or peripancreatic tissue gets infected by translocation of gastrointestinal flora or peripheral spread from the skin, respiratory, or urinary tract. Mortality rates increase with infection in necrotic tissue and rise from 19.8% to 35.2% in acute pancreatitis . Read More

Original Article

Dark Side of the COVID-19 Pandemic; ‘Long COVID’

Elif Mukime Sarıcaoğlu and others

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with the increasing number of cases, has been a major health challenge worldwide. In addition to being a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection maintains its importance because of prolonged symptoms after acute disease in the post-infectious period. Read More

Long-Term Symptoms and Quality of Life in Persons with COVID-19

Nuriye Yalçın-Çolak and others

COVID-19, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a zoonotic infection that emerged in Wuhan province of China in December 2019. SARS-COV-2 is a Betacoronavirus that is classified in Riboviria realm, Nidovirales order, and Coronaviridae family (1). Although the fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 (2.6%) is lower than SARS-CoV (11%) and MERS-CoV (35-50%), it was much more severe worldwide (...) Read More

Bibliometric Analysis of the Publications on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Published Between 2012-2022

Sevil Alkan and Esra Gürbüz

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory infection caused by the MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from the Coronaviridae family. MERS coronavirus was first identified as the etiologic agent from a patient living in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and it is the sixth human coronavirus . After the first case, the infection was detected in Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. So far, all MERS-CoV cases worldwide have been associated with a travel history (...) Read More

Comparison of 28-Day Mortality Between Hospital- and Community-Acquired Influenza Patients

Hüseyin Bilgin and others

Hospital-acquired respiratory viral infections are associated with increased mortality and morbidity and prolonged hospital stays (1). Hospital-acquired influenza (HAI) accounts for 10-15% of these infections (2-4). Previous studies reported the proportion of HAI to influenza-diagnosed patients admitted to the hospital between 4%-25% (5-8). A systematic review showed that the average proportion of HAI among all hospitalized (...) Read More

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Profiles and Key Determinants for Mortality in Burkholderia cepacia Complex Infections

Yusuf Emre Özdemir and others

Burkholderia cepacia complex is aerobic, non-fermentative, multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacilli containing 24 opportunistic pathogenic species (1). B. cepacia complex members are commonly found in natural environments because they easily adapt to harsh environments due to their genotypic and phenotypic plasticity and ability to mutate rapidly. B. cepacia complex can also grow substantially and survive in water-based (...) Read More

Case Report

A Near Miss of a Retropharyngeal Abscess with MRSA in a 5-Week-Old Boy Due to an Unusual Presentation

Amanda J. Bastien and others

Introduction Respiratory illness from an acute infection remains the most common etiology for inpatient pediatric hospitalization. Imminent respiratory arrest from prolonged hypoxemia may lead to bradycardia and subsequent cardiac collapse. As such, apnea (or respiratory distress) followed then by bradycardia is the classic modus operandi seen at the bedside, especially in neonates (...) Read More

Brief Report

B Cell Subtypes in Individuals Received mRNA or Inactivated Vaccine Boosters After Fully Vaccinated with CoronaVac: A Longitudinal Study

Zeynep Ece Kuloğlu and others

In the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to estimate the immune responses to various COVID-19 vaccinations to estimate the efficacy of the vaccines. During the ongoing pandemic, different vaccine types and vaccination strategies affect the cellular and molecular elements of innate and adaptive immune systems. Therefore, testing the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in different vaccination (...) Read More


Centenary of the Republic and 90th Anniversary of the University Reform in Türkiye

Önder Ergönül

The Oppenheimer film reminded us once again of the situations in which scientists were forced to immigrate unwillingly from their own countries. No doubt, the most striking tragedies happened during the Nazi period in Germany. The film reflected many physicists, including Einstein, who emigrated from Europe to the USA during this period and aroused curiosity […] Read More