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Amos Kosgey, Anakalo Shitandi, Jason W Marion
Milk vending machines (MVMs) are growing in popularity in Kenya and worldwide. Milk vending machines dispense varying quantities of locally sourced, pasteurized milk. The Kenya Dairy Board has a regulatory framework, but surveillance is weak because of several factors. Milk vending machines' milk is not routinely screened for antibiotics, thereby increasing potential for antibiotic misuse. To investigate, a total of 80 milk samples from four commercial providers ( N = 25), street vendors ( N = 21), and three MVMs ( N = 34) were collected and screened in Eldoret, Kenya...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Ping-Feng Wu, Yi-Tsung Lin, Fu-Der Wang, Tsuey-Ching Yang, Chang-Phone Fung
PURPOSE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteraemia is associated with high mortality, and most monotherapies are beta-lactam-based. We aimed to investigate clinical outcomes of definitive fluoroquinolone monotherapy versus beta-lactam monotherapy for P. aeruginosa bacteraemia. METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled adult patients receiving definitive monotherapy with beta-lactam or fluoroquinolone between November 2013 and November 2014 at Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
March 20, 2018: Infection
Anthony J Mannion, Heather R Martin, Zeli Shen, Ellen M Buckley, JoAnn L Dzink-Fox, Alexis Garcia, Robert P Marini, Mary M Patterson, James G Fox
Non-human primates (NHPs) for biomedical research are commonly infected with Shigella spp. that can cause acute dysentery or chronic episodic diarrhea. These animals are often prophylactically and clinically treated with quinolone antibiotics to eradicate these possible infections. However, chromosomally- and plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance has become an emerging concern for species in the family Enterobacteriaceae . In this study, five individual isolates of multi-drug resistant Shigella flexneri were isolated from the feces of three macaques...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Maria Pardos de la Gandara, Vitor Borges, Marilyn Chung, Catarina Milheiriço, João Paulo Gomes, Herminia de Lencastre, Alexander Tomasz
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains carry either a mecA - or a mecC -mediated mechanism of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics and the phenotypic expression of resistance shows extensive strain-to-strain variation. In recent communications we identified genetic determinants associated with the stringent stress response that play a major role in the antibiotic resistant phenotype of the historically earliest "archaic" clone of MRSA and in the mecC carrying MRSA strain LGA251...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Kieu-Nhi Tran, Michael J Rybak
Background: Increasing utilization of vancomycin due to the high prevalence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections has lead to the emergence of vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (VISA) and heterogeneous VISA (hVISA). In vitro data suggest the potential for potent synergy between several beta-lactams and vancomycin. The objective of this study is to evaluate the synergy between beta-lactams and vancomycin against MRSA that is vancomycin susceptible, vancomycin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (VSSA), hVISA, and VISA...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Alexandre Luscher, Lucile Moynié, Pamela Saint Auguste, Dirk Bumann, Lena Mazza, Daniel Pletzer, James H Naismith, Thilo Köhler
The conjugation of siderophores to antimicrobial molecules is an attractive strategy to overcome the low outer membrane permeability of Gram-negative bacteria. In this Trojan horse approach the transport of drug conjugates is redirected via TonB-dependent receptors (TBDR), involved in the uptake of essential nutrients including iron. Previous reports have demonstrated the involvement of the TBDRs PiuA and PirA from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and their orthologues in Acinetobacter baumannii in the uptake of siderophore-beta-lactam drug conjugates...
March 19, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Meghan N Jeffres, Elizabeth A Hall-Lipsy, S Travis King, John D Cleary
OBJECTIVE: To describe medical negligence and malpractice cases in which a patient with a known penicillin allergy received a beta-lactam and experienced an adverse reaction related to the beta-lactam. DATA SOURCES: Lexis-Nexus, Westlaw, and Google Scholar were searched. STUDY SELECTIONS: Medical negligence and malpractice cases were eligible for inclusion if they met the following criteria: the plaintiff had a known penicillin allergy, received a beta-lactam, and experienced an adverse event...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
L Armand-Lefèvre, A Andremont, E Ruppé
Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is considered a major threat to health. Enterobacteriaceae have increasingly become resistant to antibiotics through the acquisition and dissemination of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) that confer resistance to most beta-lactams. While ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae were formerly restricted to hospitals, they have now spread to community settings, especially in developing countries. The tremendous expansion of international travels contributed to the importation of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (MRE) to low prevalence countries...
March 14, 2018: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Xin-Li An, Qing-Lin Chen, Dong Zhu, Jian-Qiang Su
Struvite recovered from wastewater is promising for recycling phosphorus into soil as fertilizers. However, struvite application may prompt the proliferation of antibiotic resistance in soil and plant. This study examined the impacts of struvite application and biochar amendment on integrons abundance and gene cassette contexts in rhizosphere soil and phyllosphere using quantitative PCR and clone library analysis. Microcosm experiments revealed that class 1 integron was the most prevalent in all samples, with higher concentration and higher relative abundance in rhizosphere than those in phyllosphere...
March 11, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Aliakbar Rezaei, Hossein Fazeli, Mehdi Moghadampour, Mehrdad Halaji, Jamshid Faghri
Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most important bacterial species with the ability to produce OXA-type carbapenemases. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of OXA-type carbapenemases among clinical isolates of A. baumannii in three major hospitals of Isfahan. In this cross-sectional descriptive study, 153 non-repeated strains of A. baumannii were isolated from various clinical samples of hospitalized patients in Al-Zahra, Imam Mousa Kazem, and Shariati hospitals from October 2015 to October 2016. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for imipenem, meropenem, ertapenem, cefepime, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, piperacillin-tazobactam, gentamicin, amikacin, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline was performed using the disk diffusion method...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Mohammed Frikh, Lemnouer Abdelhay, Kasouati Jalal, Yaagoubi Imad, Benlahlou Yassine, Belfquih Bouchra, Maleb Adil, Elouennass Mostafa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this cross-sectional study is to assess the epidemiological profile and antibiotic susceptibility of bacteria isolates in burn patients hospitalized from 2007 to 2015 in a Moroccan hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 627 samples, 451 wounds, 126 blood cultures, and 50 catheter samples were analyzed. A total of 610 microorganisms were isolated from a total of 108 patients. RESULTS: The most prevalent isolates were Pseudomonas aeruginosa (18...
January 26, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Nobuo Saito, Noriko Takamura, Grace P Retuerma, Carina H Frayco, Paul S Solano, Cherlyn D Ubas, Arianne V Lintag, Maricel R Ribo, Rontgene M Solante, Alexis Q Dimapilis, Elizabeth O Telan, Winston S Go, Motoi Suzuki, Koya Ariyoshi, Christopher M Parry
The widespread unregulated use of antibiotics without medical consultation contributes to the burden of antibiotic resistance in Southeast Asian countries. This study investigated antibiotic use before hospital consultation. In a prospective observational study from February 2, 2015, to July 2, 2015, we enrolled febrile patients attending the emergency room in San Lazaro Hospital, Manila, the Philippines. A urine sample was collected and a bioassay was used to detect antibiotic activity in urine using Bacillus stearothermophilus (ATCC7953), Escherichia coli (ATCC25922), and Streptococcus pyogenes (ATCC19615)...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Nathaniel J Rhodes, Caroline E Cruce, J Nicholas O'Donnell, Richard G Wunderink, Alan R Hauser
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are frequent causes of infection among critically ill patients. VAP is the most common hospital-acquired bacterial infection among mechanically ventilated patients. Unfortunately, many of the nosocomial Gram-negative bacteria that cause VAP are increasingly difficult to treat. Additionally, the evolution and dissemination of multi- and pan-drug resistant strains leave clinicians with few treatment options. VAP patients represent a dynamic population at risk for antibiotic failure and under-dosing due to altered antibiotic pharmacokinetic parameters...
March 6, 2018: Current Infectious Disease Reports
Xavier Argemi, Chimène Nanoukon, Dissou Affolabi, Daniel Keller, Yves Hansmann, Philippe Riegel, Lamine Baba-Moussa, Gilles Prévost
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, majorly resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, and may transfer several mobile genetic elements among the members of its own species, as well as to Staphylococcus aureus ; however, a genetic exchange from S. aureus to S. epidermidis remains controversial. We recently identified two pathogenic clinical strains of S. epidermidis that produce a staphylococcal enterotoxin C3-like (SEC) similar to that by S. aureus pathogenicity islands. This study aimed to determine the genetic environment of the SEC-coding sequence and to identify the mobile genetic elements...
February 25, 2018: Toxins
Ashok Mahashur
Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is a broad terminology which includes acute bronchitis, pneumonia, acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/chronic bronchitis (AECB), and acute exacerbation of bronchiectasis. Acute LRTIs (ALRTIs) are one of the common clinical problems in community and hospital settings. Management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and AECB may pose challenges because of diagnostic difficulty in differentiating infections caused by typical and atypical microorganisms and rising rates of antimicrobial resistance...
March 2018: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Yoel Gil, Yonit Well-Weiner, Tod Zalut, Reuven Friedmann, Amos M Yinnon, Eli Ben-Chetrit
Blood cultures' contamination (BCC) is associated with unnecessary processing of cultures, higher cost, and occasionally, unjustified antibiotic treatment. We aimed to reduce the rate of BCC by educational intervention. In parallel, we also strove to expand the use of aminoglycosides (AMG) and reduce the utilization of beta-lactam antibiotics. The rate of BCC was assessed prospectively in the study department - the Emergency Department (ED) and in control departments - Medical Departments A, B and Geriatrics...
February 2018: Harefuah
Katharina Schaufler, Kathrin Nowak, Ariane Düx, Torsten Semmler, Laura Villa, Laye Kourouma, Karim Bangoura, Lothar H Wieler, Fabian H Leendertz, Sebastian Guenther
High-risk ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) have been described in wild birds and rodents worldwide. Rats are of special interest not only due to their indicator role for environmental pollution with multi-resistant bacteria but also as possible infection source. Data on the presence of high-risk ESBL-E in urban wildlife from Africa remain scarce, however. Twenty-nine animals from three different rat ( Rattus ) species were captured in the city of Conakry (Guinea, West Africa) in 2015. Rectal swabs were analyzed for ESBL-E using selective media...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Madhumanti Halder, Subham Mookerjee, Prasenjit Batabyal, Anup Palit
Diarrhoea remains a global public health enigma raising deep concerns for the health planners since contaminated potable water often spoils the community health structure. We hereby report a 6-year odd continuing outbreak surveillance report based on potable water indices, during which 264 water samples were screened from different districts of West Bengal, India. Samples were analysed for the presence of different enteropathogenic bacterial species by conventional molecular tools and their sensitivity to antibiotics...
February 24, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Anouk E Muller, Benedikt Huttner, Angela Huttner
Antibiotics are among the medications most frequently administered to the critically ill, a population with high levels of intra- and inter-individual pharmacokinetic variability. Our knowledge of the relationships among antibiotic dosing, exposure and clinical effect in this population has increased in recent decades. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of serum antibiotic concentrations is the most practical means of assessing adequate antibiotic exposure, though until recently, it has been underutilised for this end...
February 23, 2018: Drugs
Xin-Li An, Qing-Lin Chen, Dong Zhu, Yong-Guan Zhu, Michael R Gillings, Jian-Qiang Su
The integron platform allows the acquisition, expression, and dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes within gene cassettes. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) contains abundant resistance genes; however, the knowledge about the impacts of wastewater treatment on integrons and their gene cassettes is limited. Here, by using clone library analysis and high-throughput sequencing, we investigated the abundance of class 1, 2 and 3 integrons and their corresponding gene cassettes in three urban WWTPs. Our results showed that class 1 integrons were most abundant in WWTPs and wastewater treatment significantly reduced the abundance of all integrons...
February 23, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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