Nazik S, Cingöz E, Şahin AR, Ateş S (2018) Evaluation of Cases with Gemella Infection: Cross-Sectional Study. J Infect Dis Epidemiol 4:063.


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ORIGINAL ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2474-3658/1510063

Evaluation of Cases with Gemella Infection: Cross-Sectional Study

Selçuk Nazik1*, Esma Cingöz2, Ahmet Rıza Şahin1 and Selma Ateş1

1Department of Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Turkey

2Department of Dermatology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Turkey



Gemella is a Gram-positive, catalase-negative, facultatively anaerobic coccus bacterium. It is a member of the normal flora and rarely causes infection. This study aims at evaluating, accompanied by the literature, Gemella-associated infections that are also present in the normal flora.


This study is a cross-sectional study. Gemella infections recorded in 2014-2018 in University Hospital, Turkey.


When the identified species of Gemella are examined, it is found that 74.4% (n = 29) is G. haemolysans and 17.9% (n = 7) is G. morbillorum. On the other hand, typology cannot be determined for the 7.7% (n = 3) of cases.

When the distribution of cases to units are examined, anaesthesia intensive care ranked first with 41.0% (n = 16). It is followed by Neurology ICU by 10.3% (n = 4), Paediatric ICU 7.7% (n = 3) and Chest diseases service 7.7% (n = 3).


In conclusion, Gemella is a member of normal flora and it rarely causes serious infections. However, the agent is susceptible to many antibiotic groups and an optimum treatment will give successful results.