Microbial Drug Resistance

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ISSN / EISSN: 10766294 / 19318448
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Marzia Cinthi, Sonia Nina Coccitto, Serena Simoni, Cristiana Garofalo, Cristiana Cesaro, Carla Vignaroli, , Eleonora Giovanetti
Published: 25 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0201

Asma Ben Haj Yahia, , Sarrah Landolsi, Elaa Maamar, Nejia Galai, Zbaida Landoulsi,
Published: 24 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0129

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious threats to human and animal health. Evidence suggests that the overuse of antimicrobial agents in animal production has led to the emergence and dissemination of multidrug-resistant isolates. The objective of this study was to assess the rate of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli in calf feces and to characterize their resistance genes for antibiotics like beta-lactams and colistin, but also to determine their virulence genes. Fecal samples were collected from 100 diarrheic calves in the region of Bizerte, Tunisia. After isolation, E. coli isolates were screened for antimicrobial resistance against 21 antibiotics by the disc diffusion method. Characterization of β-lactamase genes and determination of associated resistance genes were performed by polymerase chain reaction. Among 71 E. coli isolates, 26 (36.6%) strains were ESBL-producing. Most of these isolates were multidrug-resistant (92.3%) and the most prevalent beta-lactamase genes detected were blaCTX-M (n = 26), blaSHV (n = 11), and blaTEM (n = 8), whereas only 1 isolate carried the blaCMY gene. In addition, resistance to carbapenems was detected in two isolates; one of them harbored both blaOXA-48 and blaIMP genes and the other isolate carried only the blaIMP gene. Several resistance genes were identified for the first time in Tunisia from cases of diarrheic calves. Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of detection and identification of carbapenem resistance genes and virulence genes from calves in North Africa. A high occurrence of antimicrobial resistance of E. coli recovered from fecal samples of calves with diarrhea was observed, highlighting the need for prudent use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine to decrease the incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria for both animals and humans.
Win Kalayar Kyaw, , Thida San, Win Win Maw, Khin Khin Mu, Win Lei Yee Mon, Mie Mie Than, Nilar San, Cho Cho Than, Noriko Urushibara, et al.
Published: 11 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0191

Spread of antimicrobial resistance and virulence factors among Staphylococcus aureus/Staphylococcus argenteus poses a potential public health concern in Myanmar. In this study, a total of 226 clinical isolates of S. aureus (n = 211) and S. argenteus (n = 15) collected in Yangon General Hospital during a two-year period were analyzed for their antimicrobial susceptibility and genetic features. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) accounted for 19% of S. aureus isolates, associated with mostly staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) type IV, or V. Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) genes were detected in methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) at significantly higher rate (39%) than in MRSA (22%). Among MRSA, ST361 (clonal complex [CC] 361), ST772 (CC1), and ST239 (CC8) were frequently identified, while the most common clone in MSSA was ST2990 (CC1), followed by ST121 and CC8 comprising five STs. Novel coagulase gene genotype XVI was identified in four MSSA isolates. All the S. argenteus isolates were assigned to ST2250 and mecA negative, including only one PVL-positive isolate. MSSA and S. argenteus were co-isolated from two patients, while two different MSSA clones were simultaneously identified in eight patients. This study revealed clonal diversity and genetic characteristics of current MRSA/MSSA/S. argenteus clinical isolates in the national tertiary care hospital in Myanmar.
Huiwen Zheng, Yiting Wang, Wencong He, Feina Li, Hui Xia, Jing Xiao, Xichao Ou, Shengfen Wang, Chen Shen, Yanlin Zhao
Published: 10 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0216

, Esther Wohlfarth, Thomas A. Wichelhaus, Sören G. Gatermann, Niels Pfennigwerth, Jessica Eisfeld, Harald Seifert, Karsten Becker, Sören Becker, Thomas Demant, et al.
Published: 9 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0175

This cross-sectional in-vitro resistance surveillance study involving 10 medical laboratories was conducted in 2018. Each study site was asked to collect 30 consecutive nonduplicate isolates per species from hospitalized patients with documented infections. Minimum inhibitory concentrations were determined at a central laboratory. European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) breakpoints were used for interpretation. A total of 860 isolates were collected, including 298 Escherichia coli, 268 Klebsiella pneumoniae, and 294 Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Fifty (16.8%) E. coli and 63 (23.5%) K. pneumoniae isolates were found to be resistant to third-generation cephalosporins. Resistance to carbapenems (imipenem and/or meropenem) was identified in 5 (1.9%) K. pneumoniae and 64 (21.8%) P. aeruginosa, but not in E. coli. Thirty-three (11.2%) P. aeruginosa isolates were resistant to both carbapenems and 30 (10.2%) P. aeruginosa showed resistance to ≥3 antimicrobials/antimicrobial groups (among piperacillin–tazobactam, ceftazidime, tobramycin, carbapenems, and fluoroquinolones). The susceptibility rates of these multidrug-resistant (MDR) phenotypes to ceftolozane–tazobactam, ceftazidime–avibactam, and imipenem–relebactam were 70–100%, with the exception of carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae. Only two K. pneumoniae and four P. aeruginosa isolates were resistant to all three beta-lactam/beta-lactamase-inhibitor combinations. However, this favorable result should be viewed in light of the relatively low prevalence of MDR organisms that require these agents in Germany.
Maryam Mobarak Qamsari, Leyla Sahebi, Mohammad Reaz Salehi, Zohre Labbani-Motlagh, Mehrdad Shavandi, Neda Alijani, Shahideh Amini, Salma Sefidbakht,
Published: 4 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0227

Objective: We characterized bacterial and fungal superinfection and evaluated the antimicrobial resistance profile against the most common superinfection-causing pathogens (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Staphylococcus aureus). Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 192 respiratory samples were collected from patients with and without SARS-COV-2 admitted to a teaching hospital in Tehran. Superinfection proportions and the antibiotic resistance profile were assessed and compared with demographic, comorbidities, and other clinical factors. Results: Superinfection rate was 60% among COVID-19 patients (p = 0.629). Intensive care unit admission (p = 0.017), mortality rate (p ≤ 0.001), and antiviral and corticosteroid therapy (p ≤ 0.001) were significantly more common among patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2). The most common superinfections were caused by K. pneumoniae (42.7%, 82/192), A. baumannii (14.6%, 28/192), and S. aureus (13%, 25/192). A. baumannii isolates exhibited greater antibiotic resistance. Forty-four percent (11/25) of S. aureus isolates were cefoxitin resistant and also confirmed as methicillin-resistant S. aureus by PCR. Conclusion: The rise of difficult-to-treat infections with a high burden of antibiotic resistance, coupled with an increase in mortality rate of SARS-COV-2 superinfected individuals, illustrates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antimicrobial resistance. Post-pandemic antimicrobial resistance crisis management requires precise microbiological diagnosis, drug susceptibility testing, and prescription of antimicrobials appropriate for the patient's condition.
Niti Mittal, Rakesh Mittal, Nidhi Goel, Aparna Parmar, Arti Bahl, Suneet Kaur, Kavita R. Gudibanda, Vibhor Dudhraj, Sujeet K. Singh
Published: 1 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance, Volume 29, pp 1-9; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0170

Data on Point Prevalence Surveys (PPSs) in India are limited yet. We report findings of a PPS conducted in a core “National Antimicrobial Consumption Network site” under National Centre for Disease Control - WHO project “Point prevalence survey of antimicrobial consumption at healthcare facilities.” A cross-sectional survey was conducted as per the “WHO methodology for PPS on antibiotic use in hospitals” in a tertiary care hospital in India in December 2021. Data were collected using predesigned and pretested questionnaire in separate hospital, ward, and patient forms. Eight hundred two inpatients (excluding ICUs) were covered out of whom 299 (37.3%) were on antibiotics with 11.7% receiving 3 or more antibiotics. Surgical prophylaxis (SP) (42.5%) and community acquired infections (32.8%) were the most common indications for antibiotic use. Of the patients, 92.5% received SP for more than 24 hrs. Most commonly prescribed antibiotics were penicillins with beta-lactamase inhibitors (22.3%). Of the total antibiotic prescriptions, 81.5% were from WHO essential medicines list and 12% from “not recommended” WHO AWaRe classification. Of the antibiotic prescriptions, 84.6% were parenteral. Few prescriptions complied with standard treatment guidelines (1.9%), documented indication for antibiotic use (11.6%), and stop/review date (4.4%) in notes. Double anaerobic cover accounted for 6.8% of the total prescriptions. Some identified areas for improvement were: formulation of hospital antibiotic guidelines, promoting culture of sending cultures, improvement in surgical antibiotic prophylaxis, decreasing use of antibiotic combinations and double anaerobic cover, fostering IV to oral switch of antibiotics, and ensuring effective communication among health care workers by documenting adequate information in medical notes.
Wenjian Liao, Tiantian Zhao, Zhizhe Zhang, Fuyi Yan, Xiong Peng, Jian Cui, Wei Zuo
Published: 1 January 2023
Microbial Drug Resistance, Volume 29, pp 28-33; https://doi.org/10.1089/mdr.2022.0193

Objectives: This study reported a fatal stent-associated respiratory tract infection (SARTI) caused by carbapenem-resistant hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-hvKP). Case: A bare-metal stent in the left main bronchus and a Y-shaped stent graft in the tracheal bronchus were placed successively in a 50-year-old woman due to shortness of breath after undergoing multiple chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer. Unfortunately, the followed SARTI and lung abscess in our patient caused by CR-hvKP eventually led to the death of the patient, despite our aggressive clearing of phlegm and potent antibiotics. The genomic analysis showed it was caused by a KPC-2-producing extensively drug-resistant K64-ST11 hypervirulent K. pneumoniae harboring several virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes. Conclusion: This study highlights the risk of SARTI caused by CR-hvKP in immunocompromised individuals.
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